Public works is collaborating with
Critical Pracrtice on the latest iteration of the Market of
Ideas to be held at Chelsea Collage on the the 11th of July
We are seeking contributions to this international event
in central London.
10 successful applicants will receive £100.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: 5:00pm - 1st June
About #TransActing: A Market of Values
12-5pm on Saturday, 11th July 2015 in London, at Chelsea College
of Arts on the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground, across from Tate
This bustling pop-up market will feature artists, designers,
civil-society groups, academics, ecologists, activists and others
who creatively explore existing structures of evaluation and
actively produce new ones.
Organised by Critical Practice, #TransActing will take place on
the historic Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground, located between Tate
Britain and Chelsea College of Arts.Care, trust, creativity and
generosity are forms of exchange that coexist with money but cannot
be made equivalent to pounds and pence. The Market will showcase
skillshares, repair hubs and hacklabs, organ donation, expert and
enthusiast knowledge and other resources. Diverse forms of value
production will animate economies beyond the financial. It's
wealth beyond capital that will be produced at #TransActing.
The Market of Values will be hosted in bespoke structures built by
public works and others. These stalls will be
interspersed with other spaces of assembly and exchange: a
speakers' corner, a social cinema, while multiple currencies will
circulate, not all of them monetary.
Whilst the values of competitive markets dominate contemporary
life, including art and its education, other kinds can and do
coexist. Some even flourish in alternative communities of
evaluation. #TransActing will nurture and celebrate these value
relations in a spectacular one-day event.
Download the full call out here.
Bodgers and the Windsor Chair
Join us for a free series of presentations by
manufacturers, designers and historians to discuss High Wycombe's
famous history of bodging and the Windsor Chair.
17 April 2015 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Wrights Meadow Centre, Wrights Meadow Road
Wycombe Marsh High Wycombe
for Arching, is a triptych of talks and discussions on the
history of chairs and celebratory arches in High Wycombe. The first
talk in the series looked at how the
Chair Arches of High Wycombe have inspired designers
internationally while locally serving as a symbol celebrating the
town's industry and identity.
The second event will take place on 17th of April 2015 at the
Wrights Meadow Community Centre in Wycombe Marsh. It will explore
the tradition of the Windsor chair and its evolution throughout the
years. We will be joined by furniture historian Dr Bernard
Cotton, artist and craftsman Stuart King
and professor in furniture Jake Kaner. Each
speaker will give a short presentation followed by an open
public works will use the opportunity to present their proposal
for the forthcoming Chair Arch made with a custom designed chair
which loosely references the Windsor tradition.
The final event of the series will coincide with the
construction of the new Chair Arch on the new Wye Dene
The event is part of Masterclasses in Sitting, an art commission
lead by public works for the Wye Dene development in High
Wycombe. Taking as the starting point High Wycombe's rich history
as the centre for furniture production, public works proposes a
project, which uses 'sitting' as a way of relating and connecting
the new Wye Dene estate with High Wycombe, its past and
The project is lead by Andreas Lang from the artist group public
works, it forms part of an art commission for Wye Dene, curated
by Futurecity on behalf
Dr Bernard 'Bill' Cotton is a furniture
historian who has pioneered the study of vernacular furniture in
both the UK and in Countries where the British settled. He has
travelled widely, often with his wife Gerry, to record the regional
traditions of furniture made for the homes of working people , over
a forty year period. His extensive archive is a major resource of
design and social history information and his collection of some
four hundred English regional chairs is now gifted to the Geffrye
His published work includes 'The English Regional Chair' (ACC. 1990
). More recently he has completed his major work 'Scottish
Vernacular Furniture' (Thames and Hudson. 2008 ) which for the
first time identifies the chair and other furniture designs made
He was co founder, with Christopher Gilbert, of the Regional
Furniture Society and is presently the society's Emeritus
Jake Kaner is professor in furniture at Bucks
New University. He has been involved with documenting the furniture
industry through the curation of the High Wycombe Furniture
Archive. Funding awarded form the arts and humanities research
council supported the digitisation project which captured 16,000
images and text from the archive. The material covers the High
Wycombe manufacturers, Ercol, Gomme (G-Plan) and Skull. The website
that disseminates the material has been highly successful receiving
an average of 100,000 hits per month since its launch in 2009.
Currently Jake is working to digitise the William Birch archive in
partnership with the Wycombe Museum. This material illustrates
design books for art furniture that was made for Liberty's of
London between 1890 and 1910. A further project involving the
designs of Ib Kofod-Larsen, a Danish designer who worked for G-Plan
in the 1960s, involves creating computer based models of furniture
that was never put into production. Jake is also a trustee for
Wycombe Heritgae and Arts Trust.
Stuart King was born in the Buckinghamshire
village of Holmer Green in 1942, and played as a child in the local
Beech woods. The countryside and the trades and traditions of those
that shaped it over centuries have always fascinated him and
influenced his work.
Stuart spent a lifetime researching, recording and collecting
anything about the rural past and today is recognised as a
well-known artist craftsman, demonstrator, international lecturer
and photo-journalist. He is still actively recording traditional
crafts, local landscape and history via photography and video and
occasionally appears on TV.
Appointment of 30 Bird and public works as Artists-in-Residence
at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge Biomedical
The MRC Laboratory of
Molecular Biology (LMB) is pleased to announce the appointment
of 30 Bird
and public works as LMB
Artists-in-Residence starting in April 2015. They are a
collaborative team made up of a Cambridge based performance
company led by Mehrdad Seyf (30 Bird) and a
participatory art and architecture practice led by
Torange Kohnsari (public works).
They are ground breaking artists who will engage with members of
the LMB with the aim to inspire new perspectives and
understanding of the LMB's research, both amongst LMB staff, and
the general public.
The residency is scheduled to run over 12months.
Mehrdad and Torange were selected by the LMB's Public Art Steering
Panel, made up of LMB staff and external advisors, who were
impressed by their enthusiasm about the LMB's science and their
diverse and engaging response to the brief.
The LMB is one of the world's leading research institutes, whose
scientists are studying biology on a tiny scale to understand
fundamental biological processes and diseases.
"We were attracted to this residency because it provided us
with the opportunity to bring together art and science in
an innovative and interesting way challenging the more
traditional notions of public art", said Mehrdad Seyf.
He added "The research at the LMB involves work at the minutest
detail, with the aim of extracting information that influences
life on earth on an epic scale. It is the marriage of these two,
the minute and the epic, the scientific research deep within
organisms and its physical and social consequences that make the
research at the LMB work so exciting to us."
The LMB residency is the first in a new Artist-in-Residence
programme that forms part of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus
(CBC) Public Art Programme. The Programme is led and funded by
property developers Countryside
Properties and Liberty Property Trust under
the s106 agreement with Cambridge City Council to deliver public
art across the CBC expansion land. The Programme is curated
and co-ordinated on the developers' behalf by cultural agency,
"The ambition for the CBC Public Art Programme is to embed the
very best creative arts practice throughout
the expanding campus. A combination of public realm
projects alongside artist-in-residence commissions will demonstrate
the impact and value created through collaboration between the
art, design, science and healthcare", said Andy
Robinson, director at Futurecity
A day of debate
&provocationsexploringinnovation&collaboration across the
UK Iran Cultural Exchange
A day of debate & provocations exploring innovation &
collaboration across the arts and sciences.
-Spotlighting collaboration as a model of sustainability and
-Presenting examples of cross cultural and cross sectorial exchange
-Developing national and international networks
-Profiling inter disciplinary practice
-Featuring practitioners from the Iranian diaspora
Bolshevic Agitprop trains armed with public speakers, writers,
stores of books and pamphlets and even printing presses: In her
Peachy Coochy at JUNCTURES, architect Torange
Khonsari from public works talks about performance,
sculpture, architecture and their relationship to the political
Wednesday 25th March 2015
Cambridge Junction 10.15am-8pm
Box office: 01223 511 511
Public lecture on March 25th 2015
"With an evening of provocations and discussion, Theatrum Mundi launches
Designing the Urban Commons, an ideas competition calling for
new ways to stimulate the city's public and collective life. Three
groups engaged in live projects in London and Paris will present
their work, describing how commoning emerges through the spaces
they have created or occupied and also examining the issues and
opportunities presented by commons as an approach to urban design.
The competition brief, which also goes live on 25th March, will ask
for existing land, architecture, or infrastructures in
neighbourhoods across London to be re-imagined as common spaces, or
for new urban commons to be carved out in the city or online.
Commons are not static pieces of architecture. We are seeking
designs through which the social act of commoning could take shape,
by enabling citizens to co-produce urban resources from culture
& knowledge to housing, energy or democratic processes."
SE8 was formed out of a collective need to transform a
space in limbo. The site of an old school where the group live as
property guardians also became the centre for an active engagement
with the idea of the 'commons'. Utilising the schools vast
playground, wildlife garden and the school itself, the group opened
up this once private space for the local community to explore and
engage with. A whole variety of projects and people have passed
through this space, each informing the context and practise of
using a space with few rules and no predetermined use.
d'architecture autogérée (studio for self-managed
architecture) is a collective platform which conducts explorations,
actions and research concerning urban mutations and emerging
cultural, social and political practices in the contemporary city.
aaa acts through 'urban tactics', encouraging the participation of
inhabitants at the self-management of disused urban spaces,
overpassing contradictions and stereotypes by proposing nomad and
reversible projects, initiating interstitial practices which
explore the potential of contemporary city (in terms of population,
mobility, temporality). Their current project R-URBAN in the Parisian suburb of
Colombes proposes the creation of a local network of short circuits
of ecological, economic, social and cultural nature. It consists of
AgroCite, a civic agricultural centre, RecycLab, a platform for
recycling and eco-construction, and EcoHab, a cooperative
residential unit of 7 habitations currently under construction.
Public Works is a non for profit
organisation working between the fields of art, architecture and
design. All public works projects explore how the urban public
realm can be shaped by its users and how participation and
collaboration can inform a more open design process Projects span
across different scales and address the relation between the
informal and formal aspects of a site. They produce social,
architectural and discursive spaces: outputs include socio-spatial
and physical structures, public events and publications. The group
is based in London and operates as a not-for-profit company.
Current members are Torange Khonsari, Andreas Lang who work with an
extended network of project related collaborators.
18.30 – 20.00, Wednesday 25th March, 2015
Hong Kong Lecture Theatre, LSE Clement House, 99 Aldwych, WC2B
Free and open to all, seats allocated on a first come first served
Read more on Theatrum Mundi
The artist as activist in public space
"Critical art (...) is constituted by a manifold of artistic
practices aiming at giving a voice to all those who are silenced
within the framework of the existing hegemony." Chantal Mouffe
public spaces as a common space for all: a new generation of
artists in post soviet countries positions itself on the line of
defense of public interest, inviting citizens to claim their right
to the city through art interventions.
The project SPACES
assembles curators, artists, activists and researchers in Chisinau,
Kiev, Tblisi and Yerevan. The discussion proceeds to looking at the
positioning of artists in current proceses of protest,activism and
change in a global context.
The SPACES project
is funded by the European Union through the Eastern partnership
public works speaking on Panel 1 - Thursday 30th October at
Future of the City:
What are the dilemmas facing cities and architecture today? What
makes a city of the future? How is the public realm shaped by its
various users through participation and collaboration? This public
event aims to address some of these questions and explore the
emergence of various social consciousness movements in architecture
and social design and how these relate to contemporary artistic
The discussion includes case studies from Latin America amongst
other examples. Speakers include Justin McGuirk author of Radical
Cities alongside Andreas Lang from public works, a London-based
non-for-profit art and architecture practice.
Andreas Lang is an architect, researcher and educator. He is a
co-founder of London based practice public works which operates in
between the fields of art, architecture and design. Public works'
projects explore how the urban public realm can be shaped by its
users, through participation and co-production.
Justin McGuirk is a writer and curator and has worked as the
Guardian's design columnist and editor of Icon magazine. He is also
the director of Strelka Press and his writing has appeared in
Observer, Times, Domus, Art Review and many other publications. In
2012 he was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale of
Architecture for an exhibition he curated with Urban-Think
Tate Modern, Starr Auditorium, Wednesday 29 October 2014,
18.30 – 20.00
public works wil be taking part in the
Art Moves exhibtion on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on the
20th & 21st of September 2014
'The Art Moves exhibition will showcase the very best of mobile
architecture and design as part of Open House London weekend. ...
Bringing together artists from across Europe to discuss their
portable practices and explore how mobile art projects have
contributed to communities and regeneration schemes across the
A free film and talks programme will compliment the event,
screening famous artists' films such as Mike Kelley's Mobile
Homestead which toured the United States, and a talk from
internationally renowned art collective N55 from Copenhagen.'
public works will have the pleasure to
represented not with one but with three of our mobile structures.
The Mobile Porch, Wick on Wheels and the Abbey Gardens Honesty Stall.
In addition we will be hosting a Wick Session at the
show on Saturday the 20th. Times and speakers to be confirmed
Public works will give a talk at Re-appropriate talk on Monday
night 14th July at 7pm
public works will focus the talk on one of their current projects
Please join us and the discussion