Friday Sessions are informal talks and presentations hosted by
public works on Friday evenings with invited guests and
The URBAN ACT book launched during Friday Session_25 by atelier
d'architecture autogeree will be available at the public works
The book is distributed by the editors and through a network of
voluntary agents, at the price of £ 20.00 per copy under the
principle "one book sold / one book free" for the distributing
The price has gone up because we had to include shipping costs to
the UK, and the recent drop in value of the pound sterling.
Call public works studio on 020 70929100 or e mail email@example.com or
pick up your copies at a future Friday Session.
The presentation of a European wide network of practices who act
within the urban field as a place for political change and
architectural practice, introducing their different projects, tools
The compilation of practices results from numerous pan European
workshops, and has recently been published in book form by atelier
The URBAN ACT book not only locates and maps the activities of
practices, but is structured as a manual to allow insight into the
interventionist urban practice, like a user guide to
For more information on the background and contributions
visiisit the related research project website www.peprav.net
Practice contributors include:
AG Gleisdreieck, Berlin
Park Fiction, Hamburg
public works, London
Laboratorio Urbano, Madrid
Friday Session_23 'Future Gallery' Book Launch and Discussion
Friday 2nd of Nov 2007 at 19.00
2-8 Scrutton Street
London EC2A 4RT
For directions click here
The Future Gallery book documents and reflects on a 20
months-long touring art project developed by the art/architecture
works and commissioned by the Internal Cultural Communications
Department of Siemens Arts
Program in close cooperation with Siemens Corporate Communications
The Future Gallery asked individual Siemens employees at 16
different sites across the UK to sketch their visions of the
company's future. Professionals from different fields were later
invited to select some of the drawings and interpret them in to the
light of their particular knowledge and views on corporate visions
Hosted as a Friday Session of public works, the evening will
bring together some of the selectors to discuss cultural practices
within corporate structures and recall their interpretations of the
Future Gallery. The discussion will be chaired by Matthew Cornford.
The publication will be launched in collaboration with Artwords Bookshop, distributor of
the publication in the UK.
Published by Rebekah Fitzgerald and Kay Winsper (Siemens UK),
Karolin Timm-Wachter and Christine Hildebrandt (Siemens Arts
Program), Kathrin Böhm, Andreas Lang and Stefan Saffer (public
works) ISBN 978-3-935779-00-5
For further information contact public works
public works together with Book Works and supportstructure
invite you to a Friday Session to launch
The so-called utopia of the centre beauborg - an interpretation
by Luca Frei,
co-published by Book Works and Casco
A FanFiction by public works and supportstructure:
Where does the speculation start and finish?
We are asking a number of artists/architects/urbanists who are/have
been involved in participatory and/or self managed public
programmes, to revisit that particular project's initial ambitions
and concepts in relation to the reality of its lived appropriation.
What could have happened next?
The invitation is to fictionalise the future of the project, after
it has already gone through multiple speculations by the different
authors and users involved; this is meant as a light hearted
opportunity to assess what has taken place so far, and to push it
into a (probably) unrealistic direction.
Luca Frei will be joined by Alun Rowlands, Emily Pethick,
Kathrin Böhm, Andreas Lang and Celine Condorelli, for an informal
presentation and discussion.
Friday 14 September 2007
19.00 to 21.00
2-4 Scrutton Street
The easiest common denominator to be pointed out in the work of
interior designer Ben Kelly and artist DJ Simpson is the use of DIY
materials, bold colours and strong lines. That's where the obvious
ends and an interesting conversations starts. Ben and DJ have been
talking about the different influences and ideas behind their
practice for a while, and this Friday Session will see a
continuation of their conversations in public.
They will be showing examples of their own work and various
cultural and material references which had formal and conceptual
influence on their work, from Oskar Schlemmer's Lacquer Cabinet to
Andy Warhol's Silver Factory, from Italian colour samples to new
industrial sheet material, from Roxy Music to Stereolab.
Ben Kelly founded Ben Kelly Design (BKD) in the mid 70ies and
the studio is best known for its innovative space planning using
hardwearing materials. Designs include the HaÃ§ienda and Dry 201
Bar in Manchester and more recently the Discovery Gallery for
Walsall Museum and Gymbox in Covent Garden and www.benkellydesign.com
DJ Simpson has been producing abstract drawings on laminated
wooden panels, using various DIY power tools to carve into the
various colours and finishes available for laminate. Recent
commissions and exhibitions include a two coloured mirror piece for
Draw, the opening exhibition of Middlesbrough Museum of Art (mima)
and solo exhibitions with Sies and HÃ¶ke Gallery in DÃ¼sseldorf and
Helga de Alvear Gallery in Madrid.
Artwords Bookshop will be presenting DJ Simpson's recent
monograph DJ Simpson works 2000 to 2005 which was published as part
of his exhibition at the Mead Gallery in Coventry in 2006. The
involvement with Friday Session 14 is one of many Artwords Bookshop
events to promote and publish contemporary visual arts and culture.