Talks & Events
WE (Not I)
Amygdala N.O.S. Courtesy the artists. Photo: Ollie Hammick.
Amygdala N.O.S. Courtesy the artists. Photo: Ollie Hammick
WE (Not I): Symposium
On Creativity and Value
SAT 2 MAY, SYMPOSIUM 12-6PM, £5/£3 CONC. BOOK LAUNCH AND PERFORMANCE, 6-7PM, FREE, CLORE STUDIO
Tickets are now very limited, please call to enquire about booking this event on 020 7703 6120. Please note: The performance from 6-7pm is free and drop-in and does not require booking, however capacity is limited.
WE (Not I) is a series of collaborative working meetings, presentations, and events with over 40 female artists, writers and curators, that will produce and distribute content addressing questions around the role of “We” in contemporary art practice. Events will take place across the SLG, Flat Time House, Cubitt and Raven Row from 27 April - 2 May 2015.
WE (Not I): On Creativity and Value is a full day symposium at the South London Gallery including presentations by: Christine Battersby, Eva Kenny, Andrea Phillips and Vivian Ziherl, and a screening by Lis Rhodes.
12 - 12.30 Melissa Gordon & Marina Vishmidt:
WE (Not I), the first working week.
12.30 - 13.30 Christine Battersby
13.30 - 14.00 Eva Kenny
15:00 - 15.30 Andrea Phillips
15.30 - 16.00 Vivian Ziherl
16.00 - 17.00 Panel Discussion
18:00 - 19:00 Love Your Parasites (Baroque Edition) book launch with Amygdala N.O.S, a performance by France-Lise McGurn, Kimberley O’Neill and Cara Tolmie. The performance is a free, drop-in event and does not require booking, however capactiy is limited.
The symposium begins with an introduction by Melissa Gordon and Marina Vishmidt, followed by a keynote address from Christine Battersby on the role and construct of creativity as a position of value in Western history. Eva Kenny responds to 'Gender and Genius' (1989) by Battersby, and expands on the question of 'Female Genius'. Andrea Phillips presents on the gendered nature of value as capital, and the action of modes of devaluation as political strategy. At the end of the symposium Vivian Ziherl presents a manifesto collectively developed during the WE (Not I) week. As part of her presentation, Do You Remember Revolution by Loredana Biaconi will be screened. Lis Rhodes’ Pages from a Journal of Disbelief and Hang on a Minute are screened on loop throughout the day.
The We (Not I) events comes to a close with a book launch of Love Your Parasites (Baroque Edition), and a free performance from 6-7pm of Amygdala N.O.S, by France-Lise McGurn, Kimberley O’Neill and Cara Tolmie.
Love Your Parasites is a picture book that recognizes the ‘co-suffering parasite’ through the lens of the motif in different art practices. Motif is taken to be a charged shape that communicates a desire. A form that is clung to, repeated and ascribed significance, that sticks around for a long period of time: scab, bruise, receptor. In this case contamination is renewal, a recurrence without security. If you distribute something it has to take on the role of commodity at some point; essentially, printing these images becomes a reflection on the uneven currency of book publishing and distribution. Published by Paraguay Press (a division of castillo/corrales), edited by Camilla Wills.
Amygdala N.O.S is a collaborative performance that moves between the emotional and psychic centres of a fictional ‘our place’. Based around footage shot together in a felled forest, the performance expands on the network of their own long term friendships and siphons their shared intimacy through multiple components.
WE (Not I)
Beginning with a week of events across South London Gallery, Flat Time House and Raven Row, the discussions and presentations of WE (Not I) will revolve around the topics of: accumulation in collaborative art practice, the development of a “we” (non-singular) voice in art authorship, the gendered nature of art historic genius, female value, piracy, empathy as a radical position, and the edges of the self in relation to both circulated imagery and the medicated body.
Daily private work meetings between the female participants will evolve in a way that both reflects and enacts the idea of the 'non-singular' voice of artistic production. Sharing and discussion throughout the week will be the principal mode of practice, acting as a site of productive space for each of the participants.
WE (Not I) has been organised by the artist Melissa Gordon and the writer Marina Vishmidt, who have together previously, with Kaisa Lassinaro produced the publications LABOUR (2011) and PERSONA (2013). WE (Not I) will also take place at Artists Space, New York with a different group of participants in September 2015. The content developed during both sessions of WE (Not I) will be published in a series of magazines in 2015/16 edited by Vishmidt and Gordon.
We (Not I) is supported by the Mondriaan Fund.