Support, Control, and Letting Go

Spike Island will be hosting a round-table discussion titled “Support, Control, and Letting Go”

As the second meeting for a series that are organized by Can Altay, within his exhibition in Gallery 1, the round-table will consist of Celine Condorelli, public works, and the Salford Restoration Office (Lesley Young and James Hutchinson).

This round-table takes to its center the notions (or concepts) of support and control, followed by “letting go” as forms of relations crucial for a critical gaze on the social, spatial, economical, political realms, and hence in the contexts of art and architecture.

The round-table focuses on the realms of art and architecture, as well as the space between them, within the framework of the title. Invited speakers all have particular practices in relation to the topic, working with situations where they act as agents and instigators of relationships, be it in physical / spatial form; or in the form of dialogues that cut through a hierarchy of actors/parties; or mostly and unavoidably as a combination of these forms. All speakers also work in positions where they are both recipients and transmitters of support simultaneously.

Presentation Hoefer Goods 2007 in Upper Frankonia

Women from the village of Höfen, together with the London based Product Designer Angelika Seeschaaf have again developed and produced a series of new Höfer Goods, which will be presented as part of this year’s village fete; together with other local specialities.

Höfer Goods capture narratives, skills and materials from the village. At the same time they’re addressing the history of the village and issues of contemporary rural production.

In 2006 the Höfer Goods reflected the village’s nickname “ The Frogs” and
the history of local porcelain manufacturing. In 2007 the products have been developed around the idea of “textiles” and “containers” and result e.g. in a Weck-jar-lamp and gossip bags.

Höfer Goods has been initiated by Kathrin Böhm from public works, who is also a member of She has started this project in her home village as part of the Our Villages series, to connect with and contextualise contemporary art practice in a rural context, and within a growing international network of rural cultural practices.
This year the artist Wapke Feenstra will be present with goods from her Frisian home village, and the UK based arts organisation Grizedale Arts has sent some of their local produce.

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