Friday Sessions are informal talks and presentations hosted by
public works on Friday evenings with invited guests and
Friday Session_28, Friday 16th May
19.00 - 21.00 at public works studio/London
A joint event by public
works and taking
The idea of the session is to see, hear and discuss how feminism
is practiced and thought within current cultural practice.
The participating individuals and groups have different approaches
and interests towards feminism as a cultural, political and
theoretical tradition. Some of the presentations will focus on a
more practice related approach of addressing gender issues.
The session will be strcutured around short presentations of ideas
or case studies where a feminist agenda becomes clear, to be
followed by an informal discussion with all guests.
Liza Fior from muf
Doina Petrescu from aaa,
Paris and Sheffield
Fenke Snelting from De Geuzen
and constant, Brussels
Emily Pethick, The Showroom, London
Celine Condorelli, support structure, London
Jos Boys, Julia Dwyer, Katie Lloyd Thomas, Brigid McLeer, Sue Ridge
and Helen Stratford from taking place, taking place collective, London
A fanzine will be produced on the day.
Can political art travel and be understood?
Monday 23rd April starts at 19.00
at public works studio
As part of REUNION, the next Friday Session focuses on art works
by Nada Prlja and Nemanja Cvijanovic that address obstacles of
political, economic and cultural exchange between the UK and South
East Europe. How do our interpretations of political art differ
across contexts and how can we tell the
stories of these contradictory reactions and translations?
Nemanja Cvijanovic's work conceptually explores socialist
histories and constantly reconsiders the relationship between
economics and politics, sometimes to the extent of being censored.
Past works include 'The Sweetest Dream? a manipulation of the stars
of the EU flag to form a swastika and a series of works critiquing
loans for capitalist lifestyles exhibited at the gallery of the
Austrian Erste bank in Rijeka, Croatia.
Nada Prlja's estate agency 'Give and Take' attempts to sell
properties in South East Europe to UK buyers. 3 Markov Dvor in
Belgrade, for example, is 'a beautiful four bed flat that has
enormous charm and typical features of the socialist period...the
property has been inherited through the generations and is
currently occupied by mother, son, daughter-in-law and three year
old baby'. "Give and Take" is a response to the current economic
inequalities that citizens in Western and Eastern European
countries are experiencing and mutually taking advantage of.
REUNION is an art research project by Sophie Hope that has
received support from the Austrian Cultural Forum, London, Visiting
Arts and the British Council. Nemanja Cvijanovic's residency in
London is funded by the Croatian Ministry of Culture and City of
For further information about past and current REUNION work
please go to http://www.reunionprojects.org.uk/
Doina Petrescu and Constantin Petcou will present and discuss
the work of atelier d'architecture autogeree(aaa) in Paris. She is
also a lecturer in architecture at the University of Sheffield and
a co editor of the recently published
" The atelier d'architecture autogeree / studio of self-managed
architecture (aaa) is a collective platform which conducts actions
and research concerning urban mutations and cultural, social and
political emerging practices in the contemporary city. The
interdisciplinary network was founded in 2001 in Paris by
architects, artists, students, researchers, unemployed persons,
activists and residents.
We develop urban tactics to accompany micro-processes and enable
rifts within the standardised urban contexts, which are regulated
by private economic interests or centralised policies. These
policies are incompatible with the global, informal and
multicultural mobilities that characterise the present-day
metropolis. We encourage the re-appropriation of derelict spaces
and the creation of new forms of urbanity by local residents
through reversible designs and lived everyday practices, which make
use of their skills and knowledge. These spaces conserve a
potential of accessibility and experimentation by resisting the
increasing control of the urban context.
Our approach involves not only critical analysis but also the
process of making and acting through shared competencies and
collaborations. We valorise the position of the resident/user as
and develop tools cooperatively to re-territorialise their spaces
of proximity and empower their decisions and actions within the
city. These tools include among others trans-local networks,
catalyst processes, nomad architectures, self-managed spaces and
platforms for cultural production.
A â€œself-managed architectureâ€ provokes assemblages and networks
of individuals, desires and different manners of making. It is a
relational practice, which is not always consensual but at times
conflictual, and it is the role of the architect to locate
confrontations and accompany subjective productions. Such an
architecture does not correspond to a liberal practice but asks for
new forms of association and collaboration, based on exchange and
Our architecture is simultaneously political and poetic as it aims
above all to "create relationships between worlds".
Freetown Christiania: Research Presentations and Debate
Individual Research Presentations followed by informal Dinner
for everyone, followed by
discussion and debate
Freetown Christiania (www.christiania.org)
The Freetown Christiania in Copenhagen has been in existence for
more than three decades. For just as long it has had to defend its
self-governed status against the Danish governmentâ€™s attempt to
â€œnormalizeâ€ it. Christiania is a unique community and place
that holds its own rules, and proves a successful model for
collective ownership and living.
The Christiania Researcher in Residence project (http://crir.homepage.dk)
The Christiania Researcher in Residence project was established in
regards to the fact that Christiania is part of Denmark's history
and poses questions of what Denmark's cultural memory is and how it
should be formed. These questions are extended to an international
Friday Session 08
The evening will start with presentations by Christiania residents
involved in the current negotiation regarding Christianiaâ€™s
status and future, and members of the Christiania Researcher in
Residence Project. It will be followed by artists who have been
invited by CRIR to develop work in response to Christiania.
An informal dinner will allow everyone to gain energy for a more
general discussion on Christiania
as a social, cultural and legal model. The profit made from selling
drinks and food will go to CRIR.
Presentations and contributions by
London based artist, former Christiania resident and founding
member of CRIR.
Christinania based sound engineer and video artist, founding member
of CRIR and part of ChristianiaÂ´s activistic society.
Architect, activist and member of CRIR, based in Copenhagen and
Artist and member of CRIR, based in Sweden, Denmark and Berlin.
Nicoline van Harskamp
Amsterdam based visual artist; her video project â€œChristiania
Trias Politicaâ€ looks into the history of rules and governance in
London based historian currently working for the World Intellectual
Property Organisation; his primary focus was the "sense of
ownership" that Christianites have developed in relation to their
homes and community and its relation to "legal" ownership of
property in Christiania.
Neil Chapman & Martin Wooster
UK based artists and writers, whose audio interviews trace an
invisible relationship between people and stories in Christiania.
Berlin based artist, who is asking â€œWhat is the Mysteryâ€ in his
recent comic strip about Christiania, which appeared serially in
Ugspjelet, the Christiania community weekly paper
Freetown Christiania in Copenhagen, DK, is both a living
community and an amazing social and cultural experiment, which
keeps developing and evaluating itself. The Christiania Researchers
in Residence Porgramme was set up to invite artits from outside to
live in Christiania and to develop new work that explores some of
the particularities of Christiania.
The evening will start with a number of presentations by artists
who have worked from within Christiania, followed by an informal
dinner for everyone, and a debate on the current situation of
Christiania and the research outcomes in relation it.
For more information visit http://crir.homepage.dk
At Stratford Circus, five creative organisations work as
partners in one building to help East Londoners develop confidence
and careers in the arts. There, the education programme is not an
add-on to performance, but an equal: evenings of dance, urban music
and theatre take place alongside a continuous programme of classes
Stratford Circus has re-launched this June with a new identity
and a book exploring the academic base underpinning its work. This
Friday Session (on a Monday) will take the re-launch as its
starting point, and will explore the process of branding a building
occupied by a several independent groups who have separate
identities but share joint aims.
Meanwhile, the socially inclusive model realised at Stratford
Circus is beginning to appear in different versions in the
activities of other arts organisations. So the evening is also an
opportunity to consider the impact of this practice on a young,
creative urban community" and its implication for the future of the
Sarah Wedderburn, Writer and Brand Consultant
Clare Connor, Creative Industries Development Manager for NewVIc at
Lolli Aboutboul, Graphic Designer and Creative Facilitator
Daniel Harris, Artist (Yeast Culture)
Debra Reay, Arts Consultant
David Rosenberg - Architect