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Ollie Callanan, BA (Hons) Illustration student at Plymouth University recently popped in and made some beautiful drawings of Michael Samuels’ work. Here is Die Fraktale 15.

13 August 2012

A great turn out for the launch this weekend and insightful conversation between Michael and Mark Waugh – Spacex’s Chair of the Board. A really positive start to the show and echoed in the Guardian Guide on Saturday.

31 July 2012

Last week we were joined by Bella Bakere, a student from ISCA, for a week’s work experience. She has been incredibly helpful in the run up to Michael Samuel’s exhibition and we thought we’d share what she’s been up to.

So what sort of things have you been up to here this week?

Well, I’ve mainly been helping Kathy (Learning Programmer) out with some of the learning projects and preparation for the upcoming learning events – this even included a bit of painting! As well as spending some time researching Michael Samuels and interviewing him about his exhibition.

How did you find talking to Michael Samuels about his upcoming exhibition here?

It was a really great opportunity talking to Michael in depth about his work. I understand how rare it is to be able to talk to an artist firsthand about their work. Also, the interview with Michael will be really helpful for my art GCSE, I’m looking forward to doing a really in depth research page on him.

What have you most enjoyed about working here at Spacex?

I’ve really enjoyed the wide range of activities and just getting an insight into what goes on each day. It’s amazing how much you don’t see that goes on here. Oh and of course the staff are really friendly and have made me feel very welcome!

Thanks Bella! It’s been a real pleasure having you here

If you’d like to see what all the fuss is about, join us on Saturday 28 July from 3pm for Michael Samuels This Was Tomorrow Exhibition Opening and artist talk.

25 July 2012

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

25 July 2012

A short time-lapse documenting the installation of Michael Samuels’ most ambitious piece of work Tragedy of the Commons as part of This Was Tomorrow 28 July–15 September 2012.

Find out more here

24 July 2012

Maia Conran, video still, Stage (2011)

We are  looking forward to working with Maia Conran and A2 Film and Video students at Exeter College this Autumn for the Digital Reviews project. Following the success of the project last year, Spacex are teaming up with the college again, to offer students an exciting opportunity to work with a practising artist and to explore all aspects of an exhibition in depth.  They will be creating their own work in digital media, mentored by Bristol based artist Maia Conran www.maiaconran.com

 

 

16 July 2012

Want to know about This Was Tomorrow today? This great guide to some of the themes and ideas in our next exhibition by artist Michael Samuels was created by Rachel Sved during her work experience placement last week.

12 July 2012


Spacex had a visit from King’s School GCSE and A level Art students last week. Spacex was just one of the many venues the group visited and although time was tight they got to see the Topophobia exhibition and some students even managed to squeeze in a quick bit of making of their own (see image above)

To see more photographs from the session and to find out more about Topophobia projects that schools and younger visitors to Spacex have been involved in take a look at our Learning blog at spacexeducation.tumblr.com

12 July 2012