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The Bureau for Melodramatic Research The Bureau of Melodramatic Research and Postspectacle have collaborated on several occasions (selection): Bezna Congress performance-in-the-dark series, CNDB, Bucharest (2013); End Pit, DEPO, Istanbul (2013); The Postspectacle Shelter, House of the People, MNAC, Bucharest (2012).VISIT their site here - especially this project

Dark Charity / Grey Donors
The Bureau of Melodramatic Research and The Presidential Candidate
Wednesday 25 Sept. 2013, 7pm
Mumok Kino, Vienna

The common charity is done to improve a bit the situation, materially or financially, it is a 'white' charity with the aim to clean, stabilise, enlighten, secure. Dark charity is a reversed charity which will unground, destabilize, unsecure, metamorphose. This is the charity in which the Presidential Candidate and the Bureau of Melodramatic Research are involved. Find more info here
C coalesce, compose then radiate coalesce, compose then radiate is a series of experimental workshops and a publication. A research platform and a space for exchange, it will explore an expanded concept of experiential learning and the social dynamics involved in the co-production of knowledge.

The Project - and here's a link to the site...

Zoe Marden and Cat Turner began working together in 2013 after discovering their mutual love of politics, critical theory, and learning. Ccthenr was quickly conceived as a project which would allow them to jointly explore the fertile intersection of these fields, whilst opening up the collaboration to other contributors.

Co-producing a series of workshops and a publication allows a conversation to develop between the different ways that knowledge can be mediated, on the one hand through the collaborative and physical experience of a workshop and on the other through a more intimate and personal experience of reading.

We have invited artists to develop workshops as experimental platforms for the staging of intersubjectivity and the co-production of knowledge as both the means and ends of an expanded learning process.

The publication, meanwhile, will span digital and analogue formats. As a series of prints also integrated into an online ‘web book’, it will comprise a collection of reinterpretations of the instructional form. A wayward excuse for a manual, which treats the process of learning itself as it worries at the constraints of its form and breathes new life into the much-maligned instruction.



Discard Studies: It's all about throwaway culture

The Dictionary of Urbanism: The Dictionary of Urbanism is a comprehensive and often irreverent reference for everyone whose business or passion is cities. It defines and explains almost every word or phrase that a councillor, developer, built environment professional, community activist or urban explorer is likely to hear or read.
The 500-page dictionary has been hailed as the standard reference on urban design, planning, regeneration and the culture of cities. Written by Robert Cowan and illustrated by Lucinda Rogers


Rocca Gutteridge


International Viewpoint




Thinking Practices - Paula Rouch's blog - see Graeme Sullivan, 2006, Artefacts as evidence within changing contexts...


Research Catalogue - (RC) is a searchable database for archiving artistic research. RC content is not peer reviewed, nor is it highly controlled for quality, being checked only for appropriateness. As a result, the RC is highly inclusive.
The open source status of the RC is essential to its nature and serves its function as a connective and transitional layer between academic discourse and artistic practice, thereby constituting a discursive field for artistic research.
The RC creates a link between

(1) elaborated documentation of the work; and
(2) expositions and comments that engage with the contribution of the work as research.

Given that the RC is a site for artistic research, to add a work is to make a claim that the work can be seen as research; through expositions, comments and articles the initial claim is transformed into an argument. It is believed that the reflective space provided by the RC can become an essential part of the research process by providing a suitable structure in which to develop the relationship between documentation and exposition, whilst also retaining congruence with art itself. Clearly, the RC is the backbone of JAR: potential JAR expositions emerge from the range of the artistic research activities taking place in it for peer-review and development within the RC space itself. Authors may nominate or JAR editors may select expositions for development as JAR contributions.

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