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Binding and launch

Truth is Concrete

Join us for the collective binding and celebration of the beautiful limited-edition souvenir UTOPOGRAPHIES: EVALUATION, CONSENSUS AND LOCATION

6pm. Introductions from Dr Dan Smith and the Critical Practice Research Cluster Interspersed with binding, launch and refreshments.

The souvenir helps remember how Critical Practice, a self-selected group of CCW students, and a collection of utopographers worked towards Evaluation, Consensus and Location in the Triangle Space at Chelsea College of Arts, on the 24th to 29th March 2014.

The theme of Evaluation - was to enable Critical Practice to develop its current research strand into value and evaluative communities - Consensus as its a problematic term for utopians, and Location, as we're all interested in being creatively estranged in time and space.

At a series of workshops we collaboratively developed an appropriate event space - neither exhibition, lecture, conference, workshop or symposium space, a suitable hybrid. A flexible environment to nurture creative processes.

From the 24th, we installed the environment by threading kilometres of rope to create a meshwork throughout the Triangle Space. ‘Threaders’ came, some went, and others stayed over the three days; it was surprisingly tiring, the process managed to accommodate everyone, was deeply discursive and satisfying.

The two, more public 'exhibitionary' days were an astonishing array of presentations, screenings, Live Action Role Play (LARP), Skype discussions, interviews, live-scribing, performances, talks, workshops, hacks, tournaments, walks, and confrontations. We glimpsed the future, and recovered the spirit of Art Schools.

See some images of the UTOPOGRAPHIES process

Participants included: Jill Belli, Francis Brady, Amy Butt, Nathaniel Coleman, Contemporary Land Theatre (Featuring Stephanie Dickinson and Michael Tyack), Angus Carlyle, Critical Practice, Ruth Desseault, Karel Doing, Eddie Dorrian, Open Music Archive, Hayley Jukes, Charlotte Knox-Williams, Mathilda Oosthuizen, Blanca Regina, Prof. Kazue Kobata, Adoka Niitsu, Dan Smith , Adam Stock, Sissu Tarka and many others.


Read about the event space workshop, or Utopography 0.1, or the related V&A Bicentenary


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Chelsea College of Arts
16 John Islip Street
United Kingdom

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