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Evaluation, Consensus and Location 28 - 29 th March 2014

Coordinator: Neil Cummings
Members: Marsha Bradfield, Amy McDonnell, Karem Ibrahim, Dan Smith, Adam Stock, Blanca Regina, Hayley Jukes, Stephanie Dickinson


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Amy visiting Utopia, Shoreditch



We are collaborating with a group of Utopographers, towards an event in the Triangle Exhibition Space at Chelsea College of Art and Design, 28th and 29th March. We have access to the space from the 24th to install a structure to host discursive events within the exhibitionary frame.

The theme is Evaluation (to enable Critical Practice to develop it current research strand) Consensus as its problematic for utopians and chimes with our Evaluative Communities and Location as we are all interested in being creatively estranged in time and space.

Utopography is about the interactions of space and temporal narrative, the creation of social dreams and the reality of working within and through the environments of the present.
Read an account of the event's unfolding or see some images



Event Space WORKSHOP 1 - 20 February 2014

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Workshop 1: Evaluation, Consensus and Location

10am -2pm BG01 Chelsea College of Arts Evaluation, Consensus and Location will be shaped through the creation of a spatial environment, a process led by Charlotte Knox-Williams and Amy Butt. The configuration of spaces will be driven by questions of collaboration and engagement. How might a place be inhabited, a place dedicated to the production of utopian process?

We need to imagine places through four thematics - spatial, social, temporal and fictional - through which to facilitate utopian processes. The places will be easily configuration; able to be to bent, folded or crumpled into different shapes and times, into unforeseen transfigurations of possibility. And failure.








Event Space WORKSHOP 2 - SATURDAY March 15, 2014

10am - 4pm in BG01 at Chelsea College of Arts

New mnemonic environments
Workshop 2: Evaluation, Consensus and Location

Utopography refers to the projection and criticism of ideal societies, the interactions of space and temporal narratives, the creation of social dreams and the reality of working within and through the urban environment of the present. The two day Evaluation, Consensus and Location event will encourage alternative forms of discussion on these themes, where collaboration is not only encouraged but offers an exemplary model.

The event will be shaped by the collaborative creation of a spatial environment which will reflect and facilitate different forms of interaction and assembly. The workshop will provide the structures necessary for building utopian processes.






Post event PUBLICATION

The current idea for a publication is based around the idea of a small box or folder, containing a number of a5 cards. Each card will have an image and text from one of the contributors. In addition there will be a number of larger sheets folded up containing documentation of the event.
We are having a provisional meeting with |Camberwell Press on 16th April at 11.00.

UE publication

POSSIBLE CONTRIBUTORS and PROPOSALS

  • Karel Doing -Screening and talk (contact Blanca)

http://www.doingfilm.nl/listofworks/

Presentation of 'Palindrome Series' which is an expanded cinema piece for two 16mm projectors and flashcard recorder. The work is 20 minutes long and it is concerned with the re-use and re-cycling of discarded materials and redundant technology and presents an alternative view on London's urban landscape.

He will screen the work and make a presentation. -

Needs

- A plinth or high table to set-up the projection equipment at the back of the space - A connection to electricity nearby the projection set-up - Sound has to be amplified, and I will need connection cables depending on the situation in the presentation space - Space should be sufficiently dark to get good projection results


  • Prof Kazue Kobata, Dr.Blanca Regina& Adoka Niitsu Distributed Conversation. Online conversation and presentations London-Utopia-Tokyo
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Distributed Conversation

http://www.whiteemotion.com http://www.iamas.ac.jp/~adoka98/english.html

  • Food evaluation and consensuss ( ) -
  • Open Music Archive - dissonance between past and future copyrights embedded in recorded sound. Ben and Eileen would present Atlanta 67 (with downloads) and play a live DJ set, set in 2067 - (Contact Neil)
  • Professor Angus Carlyle, director of CRiSAP screening and live soundtrack of a film in process exploring family and memory practices (Contact Neil)

The Gluts Go To Copenhagen’ is a 36 minute record of our dilettante trip to the summit on the specially commissioned Klimate Train, packed with 900 other activists. In the doc you can watch us prepare for the trip; rehearsing our moves and transforming into Gluts. Once at the summit we sing and dance in a bakery, a bar, on the march and in front of police lines: narrowly missing mass arrest. On return to London, disappointed by the outcome of the summit but not without hope, we express our anger in an outpouring of rage in an empty tube carriage.

  • Sissu Tarka Futuring and a Future Form of Text Paolo Virno’s (2004) new places for intellect where “special places” of discourse dissolve and are replaced by “common places”. Visual homogeneity — heterogeneous thought. Film geometries and fragile apparatus.
  • Stephanie Dickinson - Performing and overseeing Friday’s performances?
  • Dan Smith and Adam Stock - Audio/visual performance (Friday)

Dan Smith - Bringing a small PA system, mic, mic stand, amplifiers, lots of leads.

  • Nathaniel Coleman - Flash DV. 2.5 - 3 Hours? Parallel event? Saturday?
  • Francis Brady - Live Action Role Play.
  • Dan Smith - I propose to screen a video work by artist/filmaker/academic Ruth Desseault. Incorporating a Q&A via skype.
  • Mathilda Oosthuizen - I propose to get people talking with food and drink to construct a narrative something or other about utopia and utopography and the event. Mini events with thus occur from the individual circumstances of the participants. It would be an ongoing performance with possible documentation at the end.
  • Eddie Dorrian - Experts From Beyond (TBC)

Consistent with an idea of the Kilquhanity free school council meeting. One of the little details that filtered through in the description of John Aitkenhead’s workings at Kilquhanity was that of the non-hierarchical weekly council meetings. In a school which makes no distinction between teacher and taught, the children sit in the round and attempt to resolve difference themselves.To tell you the truth I’m really not quite sure what the thing’ll be like. A disaffirmative and dissensual practice shot through with mistakes, anomalies, feints and incompetence. Perhaps. Evidently Aitkenhead’s Kilquhanity Free School motto was ‘Liberty, Equality and Inefficiency’. Developing its research strand. Creatively estranged. Perhaps not.
Sit for one hour as a group. We record ourselves in turn. For an amount of time (perhaps 5 mins). We each use the camera. (Framing, close up, panning, zoom in and out, etc). Discussion is not lead. There is no declared starting point. No proposition. Each participant operates before and behind the camera. There is no compulsion to speak, act, etc. A transcription of any discussion will be attempted. A draft of the transcription is offered for any participant to edit (their own contribution only). A text comprising of the first draft and a second combined edit will be proposed for publication. The recording will not played back at the event. The recording is the copyright of those participating. Consent must be given for its future presentation or subsequent editing. Recording Duration: one hour. Equipment: video camera Costs: Transcription

Read the Open Discussion Transcript

  • Charlotte and Amy - Opening process of spatial design
  • Charlotte - Film screening/performance Subterranean Homesick Jig

Requirements - Projector and darkened, enclosed space

  • Critical Practice - Will convene a discursive event (currently) themed around tournaments of evaluation, like Art Auctions. - our suggestion is for 1.5 hours on Saturday morning.
  • Nathaniel Coleman - Invisible Cities -- Millbank flash DV.

Utopian inspired almost real-time social mapping of the Millbank, Tate, the Estate and Garden (on the doorstep of Chelsea). The content for the proposed digital video would be generated by participants using whatever digital image (moving or still) recording devices they have to hand, from smartphones and tablets, to handy-cams, should anyone have one with them. The aim is to collect raw footage recorded by a fair number of camera-people and use it that way (as found). The result, at the end of the two hour slot will be a 05-08 minute digital video that we can post on the website, distribute via email, or publish as part of the content of the online journal we are editing.

Draft schedule of: Invisible Cities -- Millbank
0.00 - 0.15: Introduction -- Invisible Cities: Millbank
0.15 - 0.45: Collect Still and Moving Digital Images at Millbank Estate and Garden
0.45 - 1.45: Upload & Edit Data Collected
1:45 - 2.30: Screen Resulting DV and Discuss

The making of Utopographies - Amy Butt and Charlotte Knox Williams Session 1: (early in the programme on Friday) Screening of film of the workshops and construction process, discussion about the collaborative process. Introduction and invitation to interact with the installation, group exploration of modifying the space. 10 min film screening, 10 min discussion, followed by 30 min reconfiguration. Session 2: (late in the programme on Saturday) Screening of stop-motion film of space in use throughout the conference, opportunity to discuss responses to the space, its use and its role. 5 min film screening, followed by 25 min discussion.

Building imaginary worlds - Amy Butt Cover art and quotes from ‘The World Inside” a science fiction novel of the 1970’s will be used a prompt a network of associations between the spaces of utopia and their representation. Projection of an online mind-map of images, quotes, references and reflections, to be edited and modified by anyone present, accompanied by a physical web of notes and annotations as the web expands out of virtual into the real. 10 min discussion/introduction, live editing of web ongoing

Jill Belli, Evaluation Well-Being: Competing Visions of Happiness & Utopia
This will be an event-long project, beginning with a short opening session framing current work being done on happiness & well-being in positive psychology in various areas (self-help, education, economics, digital initiatives, etc.). We will first look at what is valued in these visions of happiness (and who decides what is valued), and then work--individually, in small groups, and larger discussions--to problematize these values and re-imagine other possibilities for well-being. We'll explore the contrast between the current rhetoric of well-being, the happy self, and the happy society against utopia's versions of the "good life," always interrogating how well-being is assessed and incentivized in today's world.
Needs: paper, pens/pencils, chalk, laptops/tablets/smart phones (if possible)

DRAFT SCHEDULE

See the evolving Draft Schedule

ALSO

Future Records
We would also like participants to consider forms of documenting the event, and setting up mechanisms of feedback.
Therefore, we would encourage participants to put ideas forward,……….

The event will generate a publication, which all participants will be expected to contribute to. The publication will become a site for practical ideas. For concrete statements, for workable solutions and suggestions, to be derived from the event. The event will be a mechanism for generating a utopian plan, or elements of one. This is not to suggest that it needs to be singular or a totality. Rather participants are encouraged to acknowledge conflict and contradiction. 

WORKING GROUPS

In order to get things done, a process of delegation needs to emerge. We might form small working groups, which overlap, but have clear centres of responsibilities in terms of the participants leading these areas.  (suggestions follow)

Spatial Environment
Amy and Charlotte are leading the design and construction of space. We will need many hands on deck to get this done, particularly on the 25th, 26th and 27th of March. 

Programming
Stephanie and Blanca Regina might lead on a programming a cluster of performances on Friday late PM/Evening, and act as an overall performance leader, with a team if necessary. 

Narrative
Tilda. I thought that perhaps you could focus on the presence of narrative around the event. Not sure how this might work as yet, but you could lead a discussion on this. Francis, perhaps this could work with your interest in digital storytelling? 

Future Records
Tom. How about coordinating documentation? How might this be a creative and reflexive form? Might you be able to work with others on this? 

Debrief

Francis (via email) It's an idea borrowed from Larping where participants and organisers of said event should gather to ask questions about 'what happened' during the day, how did certain elements within the space change peoples interactions or not? In some respects did the sections that were designed to engage people in Utopia, Evaluation and Consensus successfully achieve this? This could include a short sum up statement from a few of us who might have questions to ask everyone involved and then open it up to a Q&A.

Misc
Sophie, John, Alan, would you think about some models of alternatives to presenting the conference paper? We also need people to think about how to translate the event into published form. Adam, perhaps you could lead on this?

Building imaginary worlds - Amy Butt Cover art and quotes from ‘The World Inside” a science fiction novel of the 1970’s will be used a prompt a network of associations between the spaces of utopia and their representation. Projection of an online mind-map of images, quotes, references and reflections, to be edited and modified by anyone present, accompanied by a physical web of notes and annotations as the web expands out of virtual into the real. 10 min discussion/introduction, live editing of web ongoing

Our two sessions as discussed, I think they need to go on the proposals page and the schedule, feel free to re-write / edit as you would like! The making of Utopographies - Amy Butt and Charlotte Knox Williams Session 1: (early in the programme on Friday) Screening of film of the workshops and construction process, discussion about the collaborative process. Introduction and invitation to interact with the installation, group exploration of modifying the space. 10 min film screening, 10 min discussion, followed by 30 min reconfiguration. Session 2: (late in the programme on Saturday) Screening of stop-motion film of space in use throughout the conference, opportunity to discuss responses to the space, its use and its role. 5 min film screening, followed by 25 min discussion






















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souvenir publication

NOTES

You can find an day-by-day archive of the event here

See the evolving Draft Schedule of the shared presentations

There is the (current as of 24.02.14) expenditure of the £2000.00 Budget

See what the READING GROUP is up to.

MEETINGS
10th February - 6-8pm at Chelsea College of Art and Design
Here are the minutes

WORKSHOPS 20 February, 2014 Utopography Workshop

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Convened by Amy Butt and Charlotte Knox-williams, wew were encouraged to start thinking/building the spatial form for Evaluation, Consensus and Location BA and PhD students, staff from Chelsea and experts from beyond met in the studio spaces at Chelsea. It was messy and fun.
You can find more images on Marsha's flickr stream

NEXT MEETING
TBC



Suggestions for CP's contribution:
There seems to be some confusion about what CP might contribute. Marsha may have defaulted into 'support mode' prematurely. We could be thinking about this event as a way to connect what CP is exploring with reference to evaluation with the research of others. Here are some questions we considered along the way:

  • Would we like to do a Pecha Kucha? A round-table discussion?
  • What would we like to explore? Suggestions include: auctions, price, structures/mechanisms of evaluation
  • Who might we wish to invite?
  • Do want to think about repurposing material from the construction?
  • What content can we provide and how can we make sure there is engagement with existing content in a different way (ie. with speakers)
  • Can we make the garden behind the triangle space into veg patch?
  • Possibilities? Auctions? What about the commons?
We are excited about doing a screening that relates to auctions.