Coordinator: Neil Cummings
Members: Marsha Bradfield, Amy McDonnell, Karem Ibrahim, Dan Smith, Adam Stock, Blanca Regina, Hayley Jukes, Stephanie Dickinson
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.
- The event 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 space be designed to reflect the intentions of an event dedicated to the discussion of utopian space, both in the staging and the production of the site of discussion?
The physical environment will be imagined around four thematic centres - spatial, social, temporal and fictional - around which can be constructed questions concerned with the rules and structures necessary for building utopian processes. The space will be designed for reconfiguration, to be bent or folded into different shapes, into unforeseen transfigurations of possibility and failure.
Charlotte and Amy will lead an open workshop at Chelsea to design the built environment for Evaluation, Consensus and Location
(these are proposals and in development)
- Karel Doing -Screening and talk (contact Blanca)
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 TO BE AT 6PM on FRIDAY
- 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
Concerning the budget: £200- to cover equipment, transport.
- ARTKILLART - presentation & instalation (contact Blanca)
There a few new Anti Data Mining prototypes we'd like to share, especially one on algorithmic finance, taken from its occult side: old finanical rituals and the history of its algorithms,which would fit well with the topic : "evaluation, utopia and consensus"- as finance and algorithmic trading contains all those subjects
Kevin and Marika Dermineur from Paris: Budget : Trains from Paris to London, Food and transport costs for 6 days in London
Total train Paris_London (24- 30 mars) 295,00 - Contribution towards hospitality + food- 90- Trasport and pocket money 110 pounds
TOTAL £ 495
- Blanca Regina - Intervantion / instalation
A walk that involves a revision of the space around Chelsea College of Art and Design through a sound guide.
The sound guides will be 4 in different formats, walkman, ipod and CD player.
Budget: 120 pounds - to cover for equipment, transport.give a talk about the process and inspirations accompanied with a keynote
- 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.
See the evolving Draft Schedule
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Tom. How about coordinating documentation? How might this be a creative and reflexive form? Might you be able to work with others on this?
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?
Return to Evaluation Research Group or Evaluation Reading Group
There is the (current as of 24.02.14) expenditure of the £2000.00 Budget
See what the READING GROUP is up to.
10th February - 6-8pm at Chelsea College of Art and Design
Here are the minutes
20 February, 2014 Utopography Workshop
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
- 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!