Local Operations

Local Operations is a series of self-organised events, talks, screenings and workshops by writers, curators, theorists, independent groups, artist-led spaces and universities.

Mon 4 Jun 2007
4 pm – 6 pm
Internationalism vs Environmentalism
An informal conversation and open discussion between David Cross (Cornford & Cross), Cornelia Parker, artist and Michaela Crimmin, RSA Head of Arts

Do we face a choice between professional opportunity and saving the planet?
How might the international art world reconcile air travel with the growing threat of climate change? (Venice under water, we expect. But Miami? Manhattan? London?)

Wed 6 Jun 2007
11pm – 6 pm
The Space of Post-Autonomy
David Goldenberg

“What tools and concepts are available to allow us to break with a Euro-centric tradition off art, and go onto reinvent how we think and stage art?”
An invitation to take part in a collective open debate that takes its point of departure from texts, documentation and videos examining the space of post-autonomy.
10 am – 2 pm: Lecture/performance by David Goldenberg; a video by Wim Salki and Camp Aalst; and slideshow by Man Somerlinck, curator of Fordham Gallery.
2 pm – 6 pm: Open online debate www.postautonomy.co.uk/blog
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Thu 7 Jun 2007
11pm – 6 pm
Institute of Education’s Artist Teacher Programme: artists Fredie Decombe, Davina Drummond, Kerry Duggan, Isabella Lockett and Courtney Power

A day of participatory activities exploring life’s philosophical questions in bite sized chunks. Bring your own bread.

Tue 12 Jun 2007
4 pm – 6 pm
Art and Architecture: A Place Between,
Jane Rendell

Rendell’s new book Art and Architecture: A Place Between (London: IB Tauris, 2006) acts as a starting point for developing a conversation concerning the site of the ‘critical’ in spatial practices. Speakers include: Janet Hodgson, artist; Sarah Wigglesworth, architect; muf, architects; Marysia Lewandowska, artist, Shelley Sacks, artist and chaired by Jes Fernie.
Supported by the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

Wed 13 Jun 2007
4 pm – 6pm
Let’s start with The End
Shumon Basar/Sexymachinery

From The Odyssey to Dallas to Frances Fukuyama, civilization’s progress is founded on epic endings. This event will trawl through the best and worst endings culled from season-finales on TV, the Star Wars circular saga and the recent fetish for prequels as the last word in sequels. The theme of ‘The End’ forms the next issue of the print/event project, sexymachinery.

Thu 14 Jun 2007
4 pm – 6 pm
The General Election Rally Vote Ballot
Mel Brimfield

Candidates for the Election battle it out at this lively public rally, presenting a series of performed manifestos for your consideration before the ‘Big Vote’.

Sat 16 – Sun 17Jun 2007
12 pm– 6 pm
Pimps and Hookers and a Salon
Esther Windsor, 1000 000 mph project space

Images, artists, texts and discussions on art as a culture industry (Saturday) and a fashion/art dialogue (Sunday).

Tue 19 Jun 2007
12 pm – 2 pm
International Project Space, Birmingham
A talk by the curator Andrew Hunt

Recent projects include work with Aleksandra Mir and Robert Orchardson, Mark McGowan, Chris Evans, Aline Bouvy/John Gillis, and Sue and Terry Atkinson.

Wed 20 Jun 2007
12 pm – 6 pm
Just a Minute: An A – Z of Doubt
MA Curating Contemporary Art students at the RoyalCollege of Art

Thu 21 Jun 2007
10 pm – 6 pm
The Freee Counter Public Sphere Masterclass
Freee art collective

A day-long workshop with artists and students to develop ideas for a Counter Public Sphere, culminating in presentations of individual and collective ideas.

Sat 23 – Sun 24 Jun 2007
1 pm – 6 pm
Learning behaviour, learnt action, unlearning knowledge: a weekend of thinking and acting
Cinenova and Studio Voltaire

Studio Voltaire has been collaborating with artist and writer Emma Hedditch, who maintains the women’s film and video distributor, Cinenova. Discussions have followed a shared interest in self-organising and organisational politics, feminist and queer politics, representation/visibility and the artist’s position in society. The weekend will include screenings and discussions with guest speakers, whilst considering the Local Operations proposition as an autonomous space, asking: can we or do we want to act autonomously?
Studio Voltaire is the first and only artist-led gallery and studio complex in South West London. Cinenova is a non-profit organisation dedicated to distributing films and videos made by women. www.studiovoltaire.org / www.cinenova.org.uk

Mon 25 Jun 2007
4 pm – 6 pm
Resistance or invention?: art and global capital assemblage

Panel discussion led by Suhail Malik, Andrea Phillips and guests of the Political Currency of Art research group, Visual Arts, Goldsmiths

Tue 26 Jun 2007
1 pm
This is What We Do When We Are Not At Work
A Cubitt event curated by Tom Morton

Two films about resistance and leisure by Solvej Dufour Andersen (Denmark) and Axel Weisz, Laura Taffarel and Thiago Villas (Brazil).

Wed 27 Jun 2007
11 am – 5 pm
Architecture of Enquiry
Organised by Juliet Robson

How does an artist’s physical makeup inform the making and presenting of work, with particular reference to physical impairment? What methods and devices can the practitioner/curator employ to encourage a meaningful experience for the audience?
11 am –1 pm: Discussion with Juliet Robson on how her unique physicality informs her work, including examples of her work and a screening of Norman and Shopping.
2 pm – 3.15 pm: Juliet Robson and Louise Coysh, Serpentine Gallery Project Organiser, discuss Democratic Paths, a project inspired by physical and intellectual negotiation of the Serpentine building and the importance of ownership for the participants of Westminster Action Network on Disability, that culminated in Acting Up, a project exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery.
3.30 pm – 5 pm: Ideologies and Audience: A panel discussion on audience engagement with artist Jordan McKenzie and independent curator Kate Stoddart, chaired by Juliet Robson.

Thu 28 Jun 2007
4 pm – 6 pm
Dictionary of War
Florian Schneider

Screening of a collaborative platform of 100 concepts on the issue of war created and presented by artists, theorists and activists over the past 12 months.

Sat 30 Jun – Sun 1 July 2007
11 am – 6 pm
Propaganda Machine
Chris Hammond, MOT

Including screenings, lectures, activities and workshops by artists including Mark Beasley, Amanda Beech, Simon & Tom Bloor, Tom Ellis and Elizabeth Price. Day one:Training and Indoctrination; Day two: The Role of Women

Entry to all Local Operations events is first-come, first-served. Contact Serpentine Gallery with queries (see contact above-right)