Jerwood Arts, 171 Union Street, London, 9 December 2019

Symposium: Array presents ‘If you don’t play the game, don’t make the rules’

‘If you don’t play the game, don’t make the rules’ is a symposium presented by Belfast-based artist collective Array as part of their commission for the exhibition Jerwood Collaborate! at Jerwood Arts. This symposium expands on their collective research into current activism in Northern Ireland around LGBTQ+ rights, feminism and anticolonialism.

Array invites artists and activists from different generations to directly address current and future issues within Northern Ireland, platforming voices that fall outside current sectarian narratives.Speakers include Northern Irish curator, activist and community organiser Jane Wells (Chair) with feminist activist and writer Ann Rossiter, queer drag artist Electra La C*nt, Deputy Leader of the Green Party in Northern Ireland Malachai O’ Hara, and journalist, broadcaster and author Una Mullally.

Jerwood Collaborate! is a major group exhibition presenting commissions by early-career artists working in collaborative and collective practices based across the UK. It was presented at Jerwood Arts from 2 October – 15 December 2019. The exhibition responds to research about the challenges faced by early-career artists working in collaboration and provides a dedicated high-profile opportunity that supports and promotes this method of artistic practice. It features four new commissions by Array, Keiken + George Jasper Stone, Languid Hands and Shy Bairns, contributing to critical dialogues about collaborative and collective practices in the visual arts sector.

Array

Array is a collective of artists rooted in Belfast who together create collaborative actions in response to the socio-political issues affecting Northern Ireland. Array’s studios and project space act as a base for the collective, however participating artists are not limited to studio holders. Embracing humour and a DIY sensibility, Array’s art/activism focuses on projects that involve and benefit the wider community. Partnering with a range of creative individuals and organisations they merge artistic expression, participate in direct action and instigate public interventions across urban environments. Individual members work in performance, photography, print, installation and video and have exhibited and collaborated throughout the UK, Ireland and internationally, giving global focus to marginalised communities in Northern Ireland.

Schedule

  • Thu 27 February 2020

    RCA / ARCHIVE / Olivier Richon and Victoria Walsh

    Soah Research presents:

    Liberté

    Deactivating Desire. Albert Serra’s latest film, Liberté with Alexander García Düttmann

    This is a dark tale of the Enlightenment, a formal costume drama where excess is the methodology for the exploration of desire, language and representation.

    The screening will be followed by a discussion with Olivier Richon.

    After growing up in Barcelona, Alexander García Düttmann studied in Frankfurt am Main with Alfred Schmidt and in Paris with Jacques Derrida. Since 1992, he has lived in San Francisco, New York, Melbourne, and London, and he has taught at Stanford University, The University of Essex, Monash University, New York University, Middlesex University, Goldsmiths College, and the Royal College of Art. He is currently Professor of Aesthetics and Art Theory at the University of the Arts, Berlin.

    In 2015, García Düttmann published “What Does Art Know? For an Aesthetics of Resistance” (Konstanz University Press). In this book, he claims that art is a form of thinking and that for this reason it does not produce knowledge. Alexander García Düttmann has translated some of Derrida’s works into German, and Benjamin’s essay on Julien Green into French. He has also “Theory and Practice”, an unpublished seminar by Jacques Derrida on Marx (Éditions Galilée 2017). What is Contemporary Art? On Political Ideology (Konstanz University Press) appeared in 2017, Love Machine. The Origin of the Work of Art (Konstanz University Press) in 2018.

  • Tue 17 March 2020

    RCA / Research presents (Public) / CORRESPONDENCE / Rebecca Fortnum and Gemma Blackshaw

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  • Wed 25 March 2020

    RCA / research presents (Public)  / PUBLIC(S) / Sarah Teasley & Mel Jordan

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  • Thu 2 April 2020

    RCA / SoAH research presents (Public) / ENTANGLEMENT / Johnny Golding & Emma Talbot

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