Project

Collective Praxis

As part of our ongoing research into social practice, Spacex held a series of peer-to-peer workshops in Autumn /Winter 2012 to address some of the inherent challenges within this expanding field. The workshops opened up a space to share experience, engage in peer critique and reflect critically on where theory meets practice when artists develop collaborative or participatory projects. Each session was led by a UK based practitioner with extensive experience of working with social practice; Emma Smith, Lotte Juul Petersen, Nuno Sacramento, Sophie Hope and Emily Druiff.

In order to disseminate the discussions, a small publication is planned for 2013. For further information, or if you are interested in receiving a copy please contact martha@spacex.org.uk

Collective Praxis is funded by Esmee Fairbairn, with additional support for participant travel bursaries from Visual Arts South West and engage.

Associated Reading 

Billing, J., Lind, M., Nilsson, L., (eds.): Taking the matter into common hands: On Contemporary Art and Collaborative Practices, Black Dog Publishing, London, 2007

Bishop, Claire, Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship, Verso, London, 2012

Bishop, Claire, Participation: Documents of Contemporary Art, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press, Cambridge Massachusetts & Whitechapel Gallery Ventures Ltd., London, 2006

Bourriaud, Nicolas, Relational Aesthetics, Les presses du reel, 1998

Freire, Paulo, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Penguin Books, London, 1970

Helguera, Pablo, Education for  Socially Engaged Art: A Materials and Techniques Handbook, Jorge Pinto Books, Mexico City, 2011

Hope, Sophie Participating in the wrong way: Four Experiments, Cultural Democracy Editions, London, 2011*

Jackson, Shannon, Social Works: Performing Art, Supporting Public, Routeledge, London, 2011

Jahn, Marisa (ed.): ByProduct: On the Excess of Embedded Art Practices, YYZ Books, Canada, 2010

Kester, Grant, H., The One Contemporary Collaborative Art and the Many in a Global Context, Duke University Press, Durham and London, 2011

Kester, Grant, H. Conversation Pieces: Community & Conversation in Modern Art, University of California Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles, 2004

Lacy, Suzanne, Leaving Art: Writings on Performance, Politics and Public,  Duke University Press, 2010

Massumi, Brian, Semblance and Event: Activist Philosophy and the Occurrent Arts, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press, Cambridge Massachusetts, 2011

O’Neil, Paul & Wilson, Nick, Curating and the Educational Turn, 2010

Sacramento, Nuno & Zeiske, Claudia, ARTocracy: Art Informal Space, and Social Consequence: A Curatorial Handbook in Collaborative Practice, Jovis Verlag, Berlin , 2010*

Schon, Donald, A., The Reflective Practitioner: How Professionals Think in Action, Basic Books Inc., United States, 1983

Steedman, Marijke (ed), Gallery as Community : Art, Education and Politics, Whitechapel Gallery Ventures Ltd., London, 2012*

The film ‘The Five Obstructions’ by Jorgen Leth and Lars Von Trier

* These books are available to purchase through Spacex. For further information please contact martha@spacex.org.uk