Stanley Picker Galery, 20 January 2018

Symposium: A New Ethics?  The evolving responsibilities of creative practices in a changing world

A New Ethics? is a day-long symposium seeking to examine notions of ethics and responsibility within contemporary creative practices.

The events of 2016 and 2017 highlighted a noticeable increase in authoritarianism, racism, sexism, environmental disasters and widespread economic hardship at local and global levels, as well as significant changes in the art market and art education. How are these factors influencing artists’ work? Are artists and cultural institutions now expected to respond to them by assuming new and evolving responsibilities within their communities?

Questions asked during the day will include:

How does a sense of responsibility figure in the way artists, designers, curators and institutions are responding to past, present and future issues, including local and global politics, human rights, economic injustice and cultural history?

What might constitute an ethical curatorial or artistic practice today? How important is such a goal to creative practitioners?

The question of ethics often comes up in relation to practices that are considered unethical or lacking ethics. In contrast to this: How are creative practitioners developing a positive sense of ethics through their work?

The symposium will be structured around three panel discussions focusing on examples, each followed by Q&A. It will conclude with a final session for group discussion open to members of the audience.

Schedule

  • Sun 21 October 2018

    LUX | Safety Glass by Suzannah Pettigrew

    Safety Glass - by Suzannah Pettigrew - an interactive performance exploring relationships in online / offline spaces, takes place on Sunday 21st October 2018 at LUX, Waterlow Park Centre.

    Safety Glass builds on a romantic drama script by Suzannah Pettigrew, which was initiated during a live-streamed GDPR data party, commissioned by Hervisions. It evolves through a real-time script development performance and includes a video installation and a poetry exchange. The audience are encouraged to direct-message text for the script throughout the event, which may be weaved into the script and projected back into the installation space.The script follows a series of exchanges between characters OUTPUT and INPUT who exist in an imagined online space that is mediated by offline generated imagery and real life encounters. The audience becomes a spectator on their first date, taking place inside their direct messages where they go to an e-restaurant and eat emojis for dinner.The script challenges the rhetoric and expectation of gender roles and attempts to dismantle them and redefines how we navigate our contemporary relationships. Exploring the compatibility of online and offline language and semiotics, the rules of social hierarchy in digital spaces and our constant data exchange.Throughout the live event a video installation consisting of visuals made by George Jasper Stone, conceived by Stone and Pettigrew, will be projected into the space that allude to themes in the script. A soundscape from cktrlwill play for the duration and reinforce the immersive experience. The performance will conclude with a poetry exchange between Pettigrew and poet James Massiah

  • Mon 22 October 2018

    RCA | The Critical and Historical Studies (CHS) lectures | Week 1

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  • Fri 9 November 2018

    The Artist Run Multiverse Summit | Day 1

    The Artist Run Multiverse Summit brings together artists and artist run spaces and projects from the UK and Europe to think, talk, eat and sleep together and consider what artist run space is today, what artist run space might have once been, but no longer is, and what it might be in the future. Eastside Projects has invited five spaces, platforms or projects – Kunsthal Gent, Pallas Projects, Rabbits Road Press, Transmission Gallery and The White Pube – to frame this collective, public discussion. The two-day Summit is intended as a starting point for conversation, addressing the environments and ecologies we operate within, the function of artist-run space and the role of artists in the making of culture, community, infrastructure and policy that is responsive to all our needs.

  • Sat 10 November 2018

    The Artist Run Multiverse Summit | Day 2

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