THE ART OF BEING CIVIC - TWO DAY SYMPOSIUM AT TATE EXCHANGE - 6 & 7 APRIL 2017


THE ART OF BEING CIVIC
A two day symposium at Tate Exchange as part of the Civic University

Thursday 6th of April, 12pm - 6pm, THE CIVIC
Friday 7th of April, 12pm - 6pm, EDUCATION

Tate Exchange - 5th Floor
Switch House - Tate Modern

THE ART OF BEING CIVIC
Under the title of 'The Civic University' public works, a Tate Exchange Associate, is exploring situated modes of education, both as a critique of existing university models, and as a new model where knowledges are produced by and disseminated to the civil society. It takes its point of departure from Jean-Claude Passerine's  publication Les Héritiers published in 1964 denouncing the institutions role in the reproduction of unequal social structures in the content they teach, the modes of access to education and their methods of teaching. This inequality was reinforced by the coalition government raising tuition fees, the demand of a linear path towards the job market and the move away from big government to 'the big society', whilst offering no clear financial strategy of support. This changing landscape demands a closer look at the role the civil society plays in the production of knowledge and the politics of collaborative city making. The Art of Being Civic will bring together activists, artists, academics and architects to discuss pedagogies that enable civil societies actions towards social collective change. It will address how knowledge can play a role in civic activism claiming rights over the city, and act as a critical platform. The first symposium day will explore the role of civil society in relation to contemporary city making, while the second day will focus on pedagogy and education, understanding how and by whom knowledge is produced, who sanctions it and how it is distributed and accumulated.

Tickets for this symposium are free but limited due to capacity.
To book your tickets click here - please note you'll need a ticket for each day.

The Civic University and The Art of being Civic Symposium is supported by UMA School of Architecture in Umeå, Sweden, as part of their ongoing research into alternative models for community engaged city making.


PROGRAMME

DAY 1: THE CIVIC
THURSDAY 6TH APRIL 12 - 6 PM
EXPLORING THE ROLE OF CIVIL SOCIETY IN RELATION TO CONTEMPORARY CITY MAKING.

INTRODUCTIONS
12:00pm Prof Ana Betancour - Head of school of Architecture at Umea University - Sweden
Both practitioner and Academic Prof Betancour was director of the Masters programme of Architecture and Urban Design, Chalmers - Sweden, and the Head of Exhibitions and Public Events at The Swedish Museum of Architecture.
12:15pm public works - The Civic University
public works is an interdisciplinary practice across fields of art, architecture and urbanism. public works will introduce the initiative and research project: The Civic University

PANEL 1: POLITICS OF CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
12:50pm - 1:10pm  Iain MacKenzie - Resistance within Totalising Institutions.
Iain is co-director of the Centre for Critical Thought at the University of Kent and teaches on the MA in Politics, Art and Resistance.
1:10pm - 1:30pm  Nils Norman - The School of Walls and Space.
Nils is an artist living in London and Professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Art and Design, Copenhagen, Denmark, where he leads the School of Walls and Space.
1:30pm - 1:50pm  Franck Magennis - The power and politics of equality in Deptford.
A radical egalitarian and Deptford citizen, Franck is involved with HAGL ('Housing Action Greenwich & Lewisham'), Deptford Cinema, the Deptford People Project, the Deptford Debates, and most recently the London Learning Cooperative.
1:50pm - 2:10pm  Malaika Cunningham - Art as Political Engagement.
Malaika is a theatre practitioner and PhD candidate based at the University of Leeds working on the arts and culture research strand at CUSP.
20mins panel discussion
2:30pm - 2:45pm BREAK

PANEL 2: CIVIC AND THE CITY
2:45pm - 2:55pm  Adam Kaasa - Designing Politics? Decolonising an urban ideas challenge.
Adam is director of Theatrum Mundi an interdisciplinary scholar who specialises in the politics of the city, foregrounding the role of architecture and design.
2:55pm - 3:15pm  Dr Julia King - Infrastructure as a (civic) property and not a thing.
Julia is an architectural designer, researcher and lecturer based out of LSE Cities.
3:15pm - 3:30pm  Assembly SE8 - Lessons from the community garden. Conflicts, complexities and co-operation. Assembly are a collective based in Deptford who work intimately with local communities and place around art, activism, design and landscape.
15mins panel discussion

PANEL 3: CIVIC ECONOMY
3:50pm - 4:10pm  Joost Beunderman - Creating fertile ground for the civic economy.
Joost is a director of the London-based design and strategy practice 00, where he leads on a wide range of research and strategy projects.
4:10pm - 4:30pm  Anthea Masey - Community Resources for Loughborough Junction.
Anthea is a community activist in Loughborough Junction and Chair of the Loughborough Junction Action Group.
4:30pm - 4:50pm  Ana Margarida Fernandes Esteves - Solidarity Economy as a Padagogy of Participatory Democracy. Ana is a researcher, activist, writer and documentary filmmaker. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from Brown University, as well as an M.Sc. in European Studies from the London School of Economics.
15mins panel discussion
6pm END

DAY 2: EDUCATION
FRIDAY 7TH APRIL 12 - 6 PM
UNDERSTANDING HOW AND BY WHOM KNOWLEDGE IS PRODUCED
WHO SANCTIONS IT AND HOW IT IS DISTRIBUTED

INTRODUCTIONS
12:00pm  Prof Hans Adolfsson - Vice Chancellor at Umea University - Sweden
Prof Adlofsson had positions such as Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Stockholm University as well as Dean for the Chemistry Section at the Faculty of Science. He also headed several organic chemistry faculties and working committees.
12:15pm  Prof Ana Betancour - Head of school of Architecture at Umea University - Sweden
Both practitioner and Academic Prof Betancour was director of the Masters programme of Architecture and Urban Design, Chalmers - Sweden, and the Head of Exhibitions and Public Events at The Swedish Museum of Architecture.
12:30  public works - The Civic University
public works is an interdisciplinary practice across fields of art, architecture and urbanism. public works will introduce the initiative and research project: The Civic University

PANEL 1: INTERNATIONAL LEARNING NETWORKS
12:50pm - 1:10pm  Robert Mull - The Free World - Investigations in education , The Free Unit and the Global Practice Programme. Prof Robert Mull is currently developing the Global Practice Programme with international educational, NGO and institutional partners including the Civic University.
1:10pm - 1:30pm Lesley Lokko - In It Together
Leslie is associate Professor and Head of the Graduate School of Architecture at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.
15mins panel discussion

PANEL 2: KNOWLEDGE COMMONS
1:50pm - 2:10pm  AAA Paris - Commons based civic learning.
Constantin Petcou is an architect whose work stresses the intersection between architecture, urbanism and semiotics. Doina Petrescu is Professor of Architecture and Design Activism at the University of Sheffield. Both are co-founders of atelier d'architecture autogérée (aaa).
2:10pm - 2:30pm  Willem Halffman - The University as a Commons.
Willem is senior lecturer in Science & Technology Studies at Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
15mins panel discussion
2:50pm -3:10pm BREAK

PANEL 3: SITUATED LEARNING
3:15pm - 3:35pm  Ed Fidoe - Education needs a revolution.
Ed is an education reformer and advisor. He co-founded School 21 and leads the 21 Trust.
3:35pm - 3:55pm  Torange Khonsari - From live project to situated practice.
Torange is co- founder of practice public works and senior lecturer at London Metropolitan University and UMA School of Architecture in Sweden.
20mins panel discussion

PANEL 4: OTHER SETTINGS FOR LEARNING
4:30pm - 4:50pm Marco Clauson - Neighbourhood Academy.
As the co-initiator of Berlin's urban garden, Prinzessinnengarten at Moritzplatz in Berlin-Kreuzberg, Marco runs various agricultural, environmental and participatory urban projects and programs.
4:50pm - 5:10pm  Maurice Carlin - Islington Mill, Manchester.
Maurice is the recipient of the inaugural Visual Artist Fellowship (2016/17) from The Clore Leadership Programme. He is an artist and director of leading UK independent arts organisation, Islington Mill.
5:10pm - 5:30pm Grant Smith - Home Ed in the City.
Grant is an artist and writer with a broadly ecological practice at SoundCamp and self-noise.net.
15mins panel discussion
6PM END

ABOUT THE CIVIC UNIVERSITY
The Civic University is a pedagogical experiment that tests alternative modes of knowledge transfer at work in civic city making, challenging traditional urban teaching and disciplinary restriction. The Civic University manoeuvres across disciplines that complement one another, implementing new ways of knowing and acting. Teaching and learning at the Civic University is symbiotic; by situating its curriculum within live projects in the city, it can mutually provide a support structure back to the local communities, the sites they occupy and for the individuals enrolled.

The Civic University draws together a network of local and international 'civic classrooms' – physical rooms situated within specific areas in a city – where knowledge about hands on city making is produced and disseminated on various sites such as social housing estates, high streets, community gardens, parks and other urban sites currently under threat. There are four 'Civic classrooms' already set up across London with the aim to grow to other sites, forming new partnerships and supporting existing neighbourhood initiatives. The emerging curriculum is driven by the needs and desires of local citizens as its base.

The Civic University builds on a rich tradition of artist lead schools and academies, re-imagining educational models. It will reflect on such traditions, recognising itself as part of a larger movement towards more democratic forms of knowledge production. To map out this history, a growing 'Archive of Alternative Schools and Academies' will be launched during our stay at Tate Exchange.

The Civic University is facilitated by public works in collaboration with the initiatives, R-Urban, The Old Tidemill Gardens, Interact Roman Road, Loughborough Farm and their associated local groups and networks.

It is an ongoing collaboration with Professor Robert Mull and his initiative Global Practice Programme.

In its current form the Civic University draws from the students work produced as part of Architecture and Activism, the Civic University Live Project at the Sheffield School of Architecture (SSOA), as well as the ECODA research project on co-designing resilience.

Web: www.civic-university.net
Facebook: @CivicUniversity
Twitter: @TateExchange

LJ Works


After working in Loughborough Junction for the past three years, public works, in collaboration with Architecture 00, are now working with local community organisations and Lambeth Council to use London Regeneration Fund funding to create 1,300sqm of affordable workspace that both safeguards an inspiring community growing project, The Loughborough Farm, and begins to address local youth unemployment. Within five years Lambeth will carry out a community asset transfer handing LJ Works to a local steering group, which public works is helping to establish, for the next 20 years. LJ Works is an experiment to test strategies for how citizens can reclaim ownership of public land. 

Main Collaborators:
Loughborough Junction Action Group (LJAG), Lambeth Council and Architecture 00

HOME - IN THE SERVICE OF SCIENCE - Performance - 28th - 30th October, Cambridge


public works and 30 Bird bring together architecture, performance and science under the same roof. Home in the Service of Science is inspired by a year of conversations with scientists, cleaners, technicians, receptionists, security guards and the catering staff at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) revealing scientific research and dialogue with LMB's everyday life. The residency centres around a structure made up of a bathroom, the space under the stairs, the parlour, the corridor and the study, sitting in the atrium at the LMB building and a series of dining room situation hostings. In an overwhelming context where we mainly build houses, the question of what the home is and what its role becomes is one to raise. As part of this Years Cambridge festival of ideas, Home in the Service of Science starts to raise such questions while thousands new homes are being built around the MRC building.

public works and 30 Bird worked with the LMB staff to develop an interdisciplinary performance by visualizing and animating the weird and wonderful content produced during the residency such as mobile Ecoli factory in form of a toilet, worm tamer crown, an experiment in piano composition, and a fridge that breeds antibodies. All creating a jarring relationship between scientific experimentation and domestic living.

Dates
Friday 28th October 6pm
Saturday 29th October 6pm
Sunday 30th October 2:30pm

Location:
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology,
Cambridge Biomedical Campus,
Francis Crick Avenue, Cambridge CB2 0QH

Tickets:
For more details and TICKETS see: www.homeinsci.uk
Tickets are required for entry.

The Glut Field & Barn now on show in Dublin as part of 'A Fair Land'


The courgette based economy is up and running!!!

Really pleased to see the doors have fully opened and the courgettes are being harvested at our Glut Barn and Glut Field, our collaboration with Somewhere as part of ‘A Fair Land’, the flagship summer exhibition curated by Grizedale Arts for the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) in Dublin, Ireland.

Glut Field is a large shallow raised bed directly onto the ground, made from straw bales planted with vigorous plants. Conditioned and planted directly with courgettes and marrows, quickly achieving foliar coverage and producing vegetables for the project's use, in quantity.

The Glut Field was originally envisaged for the Mobile Garden City at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with the intent to create a productive conflict of having too much of one crop forcing everyone involved to become creative and generous with the single produce. Its great to see it come to live as part of A Fair Land at IMMA.

The Glut barn accompanies the field and serves as a cold kitchen to process the produce from the field. A magically floating straw bale building easily accessible at ground level for all to join in producing and making.
Below the text from the programme about the exhibition and a link to a wonderful short film in which Sarah Glennie, Director at IMMA and Adam Sutherland, Director of Grizedale Arts explain the project in detail. Well worth a watch. -> here

Envisaged, enabled and operated by a collective creative vision A Fair Land looks at how self- determination and dignity can be delivered through the inherent human function of creativity, and how its use in the everyday is a means to enable change and empowerment.

This project aims to develop a system for living derived from basic and simple resources used in a creative way. To this end a project village has been created to offer its visitors opportunities to eat, make, think or trade – and through that process to learn, copy, assimilate and teach.

With a focus on creating objects that are useful, desirable and achievable, A Fair Land will present an active and tangible representation of the place of creativity in society, creating a space for families, friends and strangers to gather, get involved, and experience alternative perspectives on living.

A Fair Land has been developed by a wide range of people, with the aim of making a new vision for a functioning future society. Artists and Collaborators include: Eavan Atkin / Samuel Bishop / Kat Black / Tania Bruguera / Rhona Byrne / Marcus Coates / Emily Cropton / CREATE / Coniston village building team / Michelle Darmody / Drew and Middori / Motoko Fujita / Ryan Gander / Liz Gillis / Nicola Goode / Irish Architecture Foundation / Brenda Kearney / Suzanne Lacy / Renzo Martens / Jonathan Meese / Meg Narongchai / Deirdre O’Mahony / Seoidin O’Sullivan / Debbie Paul / Niamh Riordan / Kirsty Roberts / Katie Sanderson / Sarah Staton / Francesca Ulivi / Miranda Vane / Fiona Whelan / public works / NÓS Workshop / NVA / Somewhere / Sweet Water Foundation / Villagers from the Swiss village of Leytron / Tom Watt & Tanad Williams, and many more.

Come visit and get hands on involved! See the full programme here.

The New Art of Making, 11th Dec 15 - 7th Feb 16 at Foyles


public works will be part of this new exhibition by Price & Myers, our collaborators on the Last Chair Arch for High Wycombe.

The New Art of Making, a free exhibition which explores digital craftsmanship, curated by Futurecity in partnership with Price & Myers' Geometrics, will open in The Gallery at Foyles, London, from 11 December 2015 until 7 February 2016.

How we build our world is changing. A revolution is underway in making and building art and architecture, with technology now allowing us to create and make with an unprecedented freedom.

At the centre of this change is the 'designer-maker'; a cross-disciplinary master craftsman, who fuses sophisticated digital design tools and computerised fabrication with industrial, architectural and engineering expertise to define new ways of working with traditional materials - wood, stone, steel and glass.

This emerging practice is digital craftsmanship – a radical new practice of rendering sculptural form, blurring the line between artist, designer and maker. It is an approach pioneered by Price & Myers' Geometrics team, and supported by Futurecity through an innovative approach to commissioning art in the public realm.

The New Art Of Making exhibition realised by Futurecity and Price & Myers Geometrics, charts the evolution of digital creativity and fabrication over a sequence of recent collaborations featuring key groundbreaking projects and major sculptural commissions.

Advances in computer-controlled fabrication have closed the gap between the drawing board and the real world. The development of advanced digital design and production techniques means that instead of constructing our buildings, bridges and sculptures from a set of pre-defined pieces - bricks, girders, windows - we can now manufacture our own lego® kit for each and every project. By designing each piece specifically to the project requirements, we can minimize wasteful mass production and create almost any shape imaginable. Buildings become sculpture, and sculpture is set free to explore form at the limits of imagination.

Located at the point where architecture, engineering and fabrication converge with digital technology, Price & Myers Geometrics' team of specialist engineers and architects exemplify this new model of 'digital craftsmanship'. Together with visionary placemaking agency Futurecity, and working alongside pioneering artists and architects, the practice has delivered a diverse range of cutting-edge sculptures and architectural commissions across the capital and farther afield.

'The New Art Of Making' exhibition explores the theme of digital craftsmanship via a series of projects which range in scale from a chair arch in High Wycombe by public works, to a 12m aluminium vertical shell artwork, a stainless steel bridge in Bristol and a new pier building at Southend. It culminates with the digital craftsmanship embodied within the recently completed Slipstream sculpture by Richard Wilson (RA), which traces the motion of a stunt plane as it joyfully cartwheels across 78 metres of space through the new Terminal 2 : The Queen's Terminal at Heathrow Airport.

Created using techniques from fields as diverse as film animation, architecture, computer programming and – fittingly - aerodynamics and aerospace, Slipstream is formed by a vast kit of parts comprising over 45,000 unique pieces and 200,000 rivets; both a conscious echo and celebration of the golden era in aviation design. A digitally fabricated 1:18 scale facsimile of Slipstream forms the centrepiece of the exhibition, sitting alongside digital content and development models charting its journey from the take-off of an idea to its triumphant landing in the immense space of the terminal building.

Using text, diagrams and models, the interpretative materials describe the featured projects from genesis to completion. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the themes of the exhibition by assembling their own models from digitally fabricated interlocking components. The New Art Of Making exhibition gives a fascinating insight into an era of momentous change for the way we build, sculpt and curate the world around us.

DATES: 11th December 2015 – 7th February 2016
PRIVATE VIEW / LAUNCH: Thursday 10th December 2015 6. 00 – 8. 30pm
OPENING HOURS: Monday – Saturday 9.30am - 9.00pm Sundays 11.30am*- 6.00pm (*11.30am - 12.00 noon browsing only). The Café closes 30 minutes before the shop ADDRESS: The Gallery at Foyles, Level 5, 107 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DT
ADMISSION: FREE
FUR THER INFORMATION CLICK HERE 

EXTENDED: THE LAST CHAIR ARCH - OPEN UNTIL THE 17TH OF OCTOBER 2015


Due to the success and demand, 'The Last Chair Arch' has been extended by another week and will now be on display until teh 17th of October daily from 9am - 4pm.

'The Last Chair Arch'
Go see it in High Wycombe - only this week until the10th of October.

‘The Last Chair Arch’
The lawn at the end of Carolina Drive
Wye Dene Development
High Wycombe
HP11 1LH

Photos: Thierry Bal / Future City

THE LAST CHAIR ARCH - 19 SEP - 17 OCT 2015


JOIN US IN BUILDING HIGH WYCOMB'S 'LAST CHAIR ARCH'
COME CELEBRATE WITH US AT THE GRAND OPENING.

Over the past year public works has worked with residents of the Wye Dene, students and staff from Bucks New University and members from the furniture making industry to create a new Chair Arch for High Wycombe which will be realised in the Wye Dene. 

The chairs and arch will be assembled on site in Wye Dene with people from High Wycombe.
The Last Chair Arch will remain on site for one week after which it will be dismantled and the chairs given away for free. Residents of High Wycombe are invited to become custodians of one or more chairs.
With no additional infrastructure required to form the arch, it is entirely possible that the chairs could be arched again in the future by the residents themselves.
 

OPEN CONSTRUCTION WORKSHOPS 

Help assemble the custom designed ‘Chair for Arching’ which will be used to construct the Chair Arch. The assembly process is simple and does not require specialist knowledge

or use of power tools. We welcome anyone who wants to get involved or simply wants to drop by and find out more. No RSVP is needed and participants can join at any time.
Assembly workshops will take place from 19th September to 2nd October, 10.30am - 5pm on the lawn beside the Watercress Pond

If you have any further questions please email public works here.

Construction workshops 
19 Sept - 2nd October 
Daily 10.30pm - 5.00pm  

Opening Celebration  
3rd October from 3-5pm 
Artist talk and drinks 

On display  
from the 3rd to the 17th of October

 

‘The Last Chair Arch’ is part of Masterclasses in Sitting, an art commission lead by artist group
public works for the Wye Dene development in High Wycombe.
The project forms part of an art commission for Wye Dene, curated by Futurecity on behalf of Berkeley Homes.

You can find out more about the project at:
www.publicworksgroup.net/sitting
www.futurecity.co.uk www.wyedene.co.uk 


HELP US SAVE R-URBAN IN COLUMBUS PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE THE PETITION!


PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION HERE & CIRCULATE!

For the last three years public works has been collaborating with Atelier d'Architecture Autogérée (AAA), on R-Urban an internationally acclaimed professional and citizen initiative of resilient regeneration in Colombes, near Paris and in Hackney Wick, east London.

AAA along with many local, national and international collaborators established this unique project consisting of an urban agriculture site 'Agrocite' and a recycling centre 'Recyclub'. The new municipal government of Colombes wants to replace R-Urban with a temporary car park and destroy this exemplary project as soon as September 2015.

We urgently need all your help to stop this from happening and persuade the municipality and other interested authorities to preserve this project. Please sign the petition, circulate in your networks and get people to support R-Urban.

PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION HERE & CIRCULATE! ... and don't forget to write a reasons for your support along with your signature.

- Thanks you all for you support -

#saveRURBAN - Réseau de pratiques citoyennes résilientes from atelier d'architecture autogérée on Vimeo.

#TransActing: A Market of Values on 11 July 12-5pm


#TransActing: A Market of Values on 11 July 12-5 @ Chelsea College of Arts (beside Tate Britain) SW1P 4JU

The market will feature 50+ stalls that explore existing systems of evaluation and actively produce new ones: a skillshare, organ donation, an economy of promises, commoners, a fablab, a bring your own BBQ, virtuous communities, bricklaying, an economy of promises, a speakers' corner—even a kiosk buying tears. 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. #TransActing will nurture and celebrate these other value relations in a spectacular one-day event.

Follow Critical Practice and #TransActing on Facebook and Twitter. For the programme and contributors, visit www.criticalpracticechelsea.org.

Critical Practice is: Metod Blejec, Marsha Bradfield, Cinzia Cremona, Neil Cummings, Neil Farnan, Angela Hodgson-Teal, Karem Ibrahim, Catherine Long, Amy McDonnell, Claire Mokrauer-Madden, Eva Sajovic, Kuba Szreder, Sissu Tarka and many more besides.

#TransActing is organised by Critical Practice and designed in collaboration with public works. It's part of Camberwell, Chelsea & Wimbledon (CCW) Graduate School's public programme.

RADICAL CITIES: TALK AT TATE MODERN, EAST ROOM, SATURDAY 20TH OF JUNE.

Torange from public works will be sharing the stage with Jane Rendall and Alberto Dumas at this Tate Modern:

Tate Modern, East Room
Saturday 20 June 2015, 14.00 – 16.00 

How can we share knowledge and thoughts to create a positive vision of sustainable action and alternative ways of living?

How do we understand the increasing privatization of public space?

What is the public’s responsibility to address economic and social concerns within the city?

In response to the UK housing crisis, guest speakers Alberto Duman, Jane Rendell and Torange Khonsari each bring their own physical fragment of ‘evidence’ as a prompt to discuss the role of art, activism and architecture in politicizing, questioning and creating movements of resistance to this challenging urban context.

In this event Duman explores the increasingly important activity of redaction against the backdrop of regeneration developments.

Khonsari presents housing as an agent to public service, stimulating discussion of current planning laws and alternative housing models that negotiate between the private and the public.

Rendell examines the spaces and voices of the Public Inquiry as a site of state bureaucracy, one which operates as a key part of the decision-making process concerning whether to demolish social housing estates.

The speakers’ presentations are followed by a breakout session where you, the participant, are invited to bring and share your own forms of evidence. These forms of evidence could be photographs, objects, documents, anecdotes or memories that represent or relate to your experience of the housing crisis.

This event is part of the London Festival of Architecture 2015.

For more info or to book a ticket click here