LOCAL OPERATIONS DISCUSSION EVENT AT THE SERPENTINE GALLERY WED 23 MAY FROM 2 - 4 PM


OPEN MARKET. THE OBJECT AS A RESULT AND A START

public works is organising an informal discussion on the role of the
object/product within the circle of production and consumption.

Wednesday 23 May 2007, from 2.00 – 4.00 pm
at the Serpentine Gallery, London, with

Wapke Feenstra, artist, Rotterdam and member of myvillages.org
Dr Jaime Stapleton, Associate Research Fellow in the School of Law at Birbeck, University of London and external consultant to the World Intellectual Property Organisation
Prof Mike Hitchcock, Director of the International Institute for Culture, Tourism and Development at LMU, editor of the book “Souvenirs, The Material Culture of Tourism”
Sally Tallant/Louise Coysh, Special Projects and Education Programme, Serpentine Gallery
Adam Sutherland, Director Grizedale Arts, Lake District
Kathrin Böhm and Andreas Lang from public works

A mapping workshop to trace some of the current produce on offer in Kensington Gardens will start at 11.00 and is open to the public.

The object as a result and a start
In 2004 public works have devised a project called Park Products for the Serpentine Gallery, which was based on the concept of using local resource (cultural, social and material) to be transformed into new products, which were bartered from a mobile stall that was roaming Kensington Gardens. The idea was to use the concept of an informal economy to initiate a new social and cultural space within the park and to create an extension to the gallery as a space for cultural production and consumption.

Three years later we want to revisit some of the issues and open a more general discussion.
We invited a number of practitioners and researchers who are involved in generating and analysing cultural production as a public good.

We want to use the afternoon to talk about the active potential of objects and artefacts in regards to the social and public realm they circulates within. How much do they represent a process and how much can they suggest/initiate a new process? Can objects stimulate new social exchange and networks, and what qualities would the object need to embody?


This is part of Local Operations (23 May - 1 July 2007) is a free series of self-organised events, talks, screenings and workshops by writers, curators, theorists, independent groups, not-for-profit spaces and students at The Sackler Centre of Arts Education at the Serpentine Gallery. All discussions will be available as free podcasts from www.serpentinegallery.org after the events.

No reservations, first-come, first-served

Serpentine Gallery
Kensington gardens
London W2 3XA
T 020 7402 6075

Nearest Undergrounds: Knightsbridge, Lancaster Gate and South Kensington
Buses: 9, 10, 52, 94, 148

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VISIT TO FOLKESTONE


public works are invited to the first Folkestone Sculpture Triennale, to take place next summer, and curated by Andrea Schlieker. Walking along the beach and around town we were talking and thinking of our proposal, which is a mobile mapping station to capture and illustrate the Triennale as a wider social and spatial network to take place within a context of culture lead regeneration. And the public town map accordingly points out that spatial sitings are never that simple, with three "You are here" arrows on the same map.

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