"DESIGNING ECONOMIC CULTURES" AT GOLDSMITHS COLLEGE

Designing Economic Cultures is a series of seminars organised by Brave New Alpes, and tailored for design students that takes the contemporary precarious working conditions of creatives as a starting point and investigates strategies of how to go beyond this current state of insecurity.


As the crisis of the financial market seems to have turned into the crisis of all social relations and of everyday life itself, designers are as affected by these developments as most other actors in society. How can we face these conditions with our creative skills and deal with them in a more proactive and propositive way?
The seminars will serve as a platform to discuss and develop questions like the following:
How can designers avoid the conventional choice between either financial stability or critically engaged work?
Which work settings may positively affect our abilities to address contested social, political and environmental issues?
What alternative economic values and strategies can be adopted to overcome precarity?
What can critically engaged creatives learn from the experiences of self-organised citizens and workers in other fields?


public works – exchanging practices

· speaking about the organisational structure of their collective and practice
 
· introducing two projects with different economies

· mapping the growing international network of colleagues, sites and work
 


Wednesday, 9 November 2011
5pm
Hexagon
Lockwood Building
1st floor
Goldsmiths College
All welcome.

GOLD MEDALS FOR CELINE AND GAVIN


Matilde Martinetti who currently works with public works went to Birmingham for the Public Evaluation Event of Eastside Projects: a three day production symposium, analysing and evaluating three years of work and presence in the city. Refelcting on shifts in artist run activity in Birmingham, the UK and internationally, and impact and changes in cultural policy agendas, regeneration and support structures for art spaces with invited speakers/respondents/representations.

public works handed out some lovely gold medals alongside some reflections about what we like and dislike, and we had stickers prepared for everyone in the audience to set a shelf life for certain elements in the space.

For a 30 min clip of the whole event on Bambuser click here.

SEED BOMBS AT TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT


The ever-so-good-looking compact seed bombs are part of Dutch  Design Week TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT, at the Van Abbe Museum in Einddoven, 22nd to the 30th October. Poster designed by Andreas.

AT THE SHOWROOM ON 25TH AND AT THE ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION ON THE 26TH

We will be taking part in two evening discussions that week.


The first one on invitaion by Helen Stratford, called "Performative Architecture" at The Showroom on Tuesday 25th of October at 18.30, together with Jane Rendell and Doina Petrescu from aaa.
And on Wednesday the 26th of October at 19.00 on invitation by P.E.A.R magazine - the Paper for Emergin Architectural Research - at the Architecture Foundation.

CITYSCAPES - APPROPRIATIONS AND INTERVENTIONS. TALK IN INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA

We will be giving a talk in Innsbruck, Austria on the 14th of October as part of the 'Workspaces' series in the 'Bäckerei' orgainsed by Birgit Brauner and Nicola Weber. (text is in German only)


Stadträume – Aneignung und Intervention

Öffentlicher (Stadt)Raum wird von allen Seiten beansprucht. Investoren, Stadtplanung, Verwertungseffizienz, Sicherheitsansprüche und Einzelinteressen zerren an den Räumen und Rechten des städtischen Kollektivs.

In letzter Zeit ist aber ein neuer Anspruch der Selbstbestimmung spürbar. Neue urbane Praktiken der Aneignung, Teilnahme und Mitgestaltung werden erforscht, stereotype Nutzungspraktiken aufgebrochen, Grenzen verschoben, Lücken erobert, das Gestaltungspotenzial des Stadtraums wird neu verhandelt.

Von der minimalen künstlerischen Intervention bis hin zum sozialen Nachbarschaftsprojekt - immer spürbarer wird eine Kultur des urbanen Handelns, die - eingebunden in das Alltägliche - dazu auffordert den öffentlichen Raum neu zu erobern, ihn sich anzueignen, Verantwortung dafür zu übernehmen. Spontan oder langfristig. Nomadisch oder dauerhaft.

Die Bäckerei startet im Herbst 2011 die Veranstaltungsreihe "workspaces" zum Thema und möchte über verschiedene Formate Methoden des Intervenierens im und mit dem öffentlichen Raum sowohl praktisch als auch theoretisch diskutieren und Möglichkeiten der Teilhabe veranschaulichen.

An zwei Terminen werden KünstlerInnen / ArchitektenInnen / StadtforscherInnen aus London, Berlin und Rotterdam eingeladen ihre Projekte vorzustellen und mit Kulturschaffenden vor Ort und interessierten StadtbenützerInnen in einem Workshop zum Thema zu arbeiten. Die in den Workshops entstandenen Arbeiten werden in einer Ausstellung im Rahmen der Premierentage gezeigt.

DESIDERIO VERDE AT ISOLA ART CENTRE IN MILAN


The Isola Art Centre in Milan is in the process of setting up a new public space and garden on Via Pepe. In support of their new initiative they have organised an exhibition entitled Green Desire / Desiderio Verde. The show runs from the the 12th to the 20th of October at Sassetti Cultura, Via Voltunro 35, Milan, Italy.

We are still hopeful that - despite the posatl strike in italy - our specially dedicated seed bombs will make it on time for the opening.

FOLK FLOAT NEWS FROM EGREMONT AND GLASGOW


The Folk Float has been part of the Creative Egremont Programme, curated and delivered by Grizedale Arts, since 2007.

This Saturday, 1st October 2011, the float will be all shiny and in use again for the official opening of Florence Mine in Egremont, which is the new creative centre for the town, and combines many aspects and activities that have been tried and tested throughout Creative Egremont.

After the weekend the two vitrines at the back of the float- which were designed to allow the float to also enter exhibition spaces with smaller dooors - will travel to the Mobile Solutions exhibition at the Mackintosh Museum in Glasgow, on invitation by Jenny Brownrigg.

PEOPLES PITCH DRAWING

Read all about the Peoples Pitch drawing on http://thepeoplespitch.tumblr.com/


THE PEOPLES PITCH DRAWING ON AUGUST 20TH 2011


In collaboration with Christopher King from Mabley Meadow we are collecting ideas for alternative use for Mabley Green.

On Saturday the 20th of August we will produce a giant drawing on the green illustrating all the ideas for possible use .. not just football.

Tell us what you'd really like - or always wanted to do on Mabley Green. It can be anything you like, anything at all - from the fantastical to the practical.

Then on Saturday 20 August, all of your ideas will be sketched out and painted HUGE on the grass of Mabley Green using Hackney Council's football-pitch painting machine.

Better still, your ideas will be used to help kick start a new Master Plan for Mabley Green. So get creative and help build a brand new park. The People's Pitch is a collaboration between public works and Christopher King, with support from muf and the Design for London.

All ideas will be published on the PEOPLES PITCH WEBSITE.
If you'd like to get in touch, email us on peoplespitch@gmail.com

MOBILE PORCH VISIT AT THE FOLLY FOR A FLYOVER


As part of Assembles 'Folly for a flyover' project the Wick Curiosity Shop was invited down to open it's doors to the public in Hackney Wick, under the fkyover on the Eastway.

The shop becoming an interactive 'Wick Tourist Information' point at the mobile porch, inviting people to learn a little more about what makes the Wick the Wick! A guide called ON foot was created by Polly Brannan from the shop with illustrations of the Wick and it's many hero's by UAE based illustrator Khlaid Mezaina, it was given to onlookers to guide themselves around the Wick with a map and a badge! 'Tourists' contributed ideas, stories and their observations from the ON foot guide to the ever growing Wick Curiosity Shop's archive they were also encouraged to have their picture taken next to one of the large Wick landscapes created by Khalid as a postcard and piece of Wick memorabilia to to take home with them. The shop's archive was on display through out the day.