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PARADE: public modes of assembly and forms of address

Critical Practice <> would like to invite you to Parade.

Critical Practice is a cluster of artists, researchers and academics hosted by Chelsea College of Art and Design, a constituent college of the University of the Arts London. We have a longstanding interest in art, public goods, spaces, services and knowledge, and a track record of producing original, participatory events.

Chelsea College of Art and Design has a large contemporary courtyard at its heart: the beautiful Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground. We have collaborated with Polish curator Kuba Szreder to develop a programme of events that will explore the diverse, contested and vital conceptions of being in public.

In a bespoke, temporary structure designed by award-winning Polish architects Ola Wasilkowska and Michał Piasecki - assembled in public - we aim to produce a landmark event in an amazing location with a host of international contributors.

Parade will challenge the lazy, institutionalised model of knowledge transfer - in which amplified 'experts' speak at a passive audience. Our modes of assembly, our forms of address and the knowledge we share will be intimately bound.

Friday 21st May

5pm - 7pm ; Launch event
Bring things to share in our Pot-Luck of snacks, while Eileen Simpson & Ben White of the Open Music Archive play music from the commons

Saturday 22nd May

A day of consecutive Barcamps

What is a barcamp? BarCamps are an international network of user generated unconferences — open, participatory workshop-events, whose content is provided by participants.
They work like this: contributions are proposed in relation to the BarCamp's theme, in advance or on on-the-day by attendees. All attendees are encouraged to contribute and share their expertise for 10 minutes, with 5 minutes for questions/discussion. BarCamps work well with between 12 and 15 people, so during Parade they can grow, divide and multiply as participants join or leave. Using flip boards, we try to keep notes and everyone is encouraged to share information and experiences of the event, both live and after the fact via blogging, photo sharing, social bookmarking, wiki-ing, twitter, etc.

Here are the themes

BarCamp 1: Histories of the Public

10 am - 12 midday
We intend to explore specific cultural, physical, discursive and historical contexts of Being in Public
Through what forms can we trace the histories of our publics?

Examples of presentations might include:

  1. The history of the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground itself
    (prison, training hospital, museum, and art school)
  2. Specific Polish conceptions of Public Space
  3. Histories of the Internet and World Wide Web
  4. Non-Westerns notions of 'Being in Public' - Ubuntu for example
  5. The pre-history of the public - 'the commons'.
  6. Public houses, public conveniences, public baths, public parks, spaces, bodies, servants, etc.
  7. Police force, fire brigades, military - How did they evolve? Are they still public? Were they ever?
  8. Public debt - Where does all the money go?

BarCamp 2: Being in Public; modes of assembly and forms of address

12 midday - 2 pm
The public is a messy, unknown, conflictual and unpredictable mode of 'being in common'. It's a process not a body, space or thing.
What conditions of possibility are required to 'produce' a public or publics? What resources / utilities / institutions / technologies / knowledges / infra-structures are necessary?

Examples of presentations might include:

  1. Performing or enacting the public: such as Speakers' Corner, demonstrations, public broadcasting, public knowledge, public services, public domains, public culture, public holidays, the general public license - GPL, etc
  2. The interdependency of public and private. - there is no public without private interests.
  3. Public process of evaluation: consultations, elections, auctions, trials, etc
  4. (Perceived) public enemy or enemies - Who or what is out to get us? Why?
  5. Previously public: trends in privatization. Is resistance futile?
  6. For our own protection - CCT and self-surveillance, privacy and safety policies, privacy in the panopticon
  7. Public rights of way - literal and figurative - what's the status of wildlife?
  8. Private Ivy: private schools, public universities, public education

Sustainable, but decadent Lunch

2 pm - 3 pm
Lunch will be made in public, locally sourced and sustainable. Maximum enjoyment, at minimum cost. Follow the link to learn more about Blanch & Shock food.

BarCamp 3: Future Publics

3 pm - 5 pm
We recognize being-in-public as something that needs to be nurtured and exercised. There may be links to sustainability in a broad sense - beyond environmental concerns.
What makes being in public possible, and why might it continue to be valuable?

Examples of presentations might include

  1. Utopian publics, the non-place of investment
  2. Future public provision, different bodies and diverse needs
  3. Future cities as fiefdoms: back to walls, gates, tolls and taxes
  4. The death of public life
  5. The future of public health
  6. Publics in other worlds. Will we ever join the 'others'?
  7. Libraries, archives, banks, museums and galleries; public records of the future
  8. The future of property
  9. Dreaming of yet-to-be-imagined publics

BarCamp of BarCamps

5pm - 6pm.
This short session will highlight the key themes, issues and concerns explored during the day.
Roving reporters and BarCamp contributors will offer their reflections.

Sunday 23rd May

Market of Ideas

2pm - 6pm

Markets are good at convening and distributing resources.
Based on the model of the ancient bazaar, Parade will convene a Market of Ideas in which 'stalls' staffed by artists, academics, urbanists, geographers, environmentalists, health workers, anthropologists, economists and others exchange their knowledge with the milling public.
The Market of Ideas is convened to explore the distribution of public knowledge, embody peer-2-peer exchange, and build communal resources.

The Market is open from 2pm - 6pm.

Stallholders include:
Abundant Amelia (designers: Dallas Pierce Quintero), Larisa Blazic and startx, Małgorzata Bocheńska / Salon 101, Chelsea iSD MA + Musashino Art University (Tokyo), Geoff Cox and guest, Roman Dziadkiewicz, Joanna Erbel, Małgorzata Bocheńska, FLAG, Angela Hodgson Teall, The KNOT Team, Owen Hatherley, Brandon Labelle, Wojtek Kosma and Dwayne Browne, Michał Kozłowski, 25 MA students, Ewa Majewska, Lidka Makowska, microsillons, Krzysztof Nawratek, The People Speak, Satelite Project of Politicised Practice Research Group, Dr Malcolm Quinn, Mike Rickets, Anatomy of the Street (Levente Polyak and Eszter Steierhoffer), Eileen Simpson & Ben White of the Open Music Archive, George Shire, Dr Dan Smith, Bogna Świątkowska / Bec Zmiana, TangentProjects, Textile Environment Design (TED), Wojtek Kosma and Dwayne Browne, Chris Wainwright 
and Cape Farwell, Joanna Warsza feat. Nuno Sacramento and many more besides

Artist Commission

Experience the obstacles and pleasures of the public realm from the position of helpless larvae by climbing into one of Joanna Rajkowska's human-sized cocoons.

Parade Documentation

The hashtag for Parade on flickr, Twitter, Delicious and beyond is #parade10. Please make your online content locatable by including this tag.


We hope you are able to contribute to Parade

Find out more at

Parade is at
The Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground
Chelsea College of Art and Design,
16 John Islip Street,


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POLSKA! YEAR comprises over 200 projects presenting the most interesting achievements of Polish culture to UK audiences.
The project takes place under the patronage of HM The Queen and HE The President of the Republic of Poland.
POLSKA! YEAR is co-ordinated by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in Warsaw.
To find out more visit Polska Year

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