For the second IFP Sessions of 2013, Institute for Provocation will host Manchester based artist Maurice Carlin, who is the current resident artist Homeshop . His work revolves around the practice of publishing, defined as ‘the creation of a public’, a collective consciousness built around actions in public space.
Maurice will give a talk about his work and how it has developed from his experience of self-organisation through Islington Mill Art Academy, a peer-led experiment into alternative modes of art education. Islington Mill is a mixed-use building providing artists with incubation, production, collaboration and performance spaces. Home to over 50 cross-disciplinary studios, an artist-run B&B, gallery, residency and club spaces, it occupies a unique position within the UK, and has evolved over eleven years to become the cultural haven that it is now.
Maurice's work has been featured in publications including Frieze, The Guardian and A-N. Recent shows include First...Next...Then...Finally, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester (2013), Blanco Blanco, La Escocesa, Barcelona (2012), Self Publisher and Other Works, Banner Repeater, London (2011), How to Stay Awake, MCP, Antwerp (2011) Other Forms of Life (with Bik van der Pol), AND Festival, various locations (2010) and Beyond the Dustheaps, Dickens House Museum, London (2010).
IFP Studio, Saturday, April 6 at 6 pm (18:00 for our 24 hour friends)
The talk is held in collaboration with Homeshop, and the following day we will join there to take the discussion further. Se below.
Open discussion at homeshop
What are the challenges of establishing and running an independent art space/community?
What possible structures can enable an independent art space to become independent of its core team? From another perspective, is there a line that separates, blurrily, an art practice from institutional organization, and what are the critical capacities proper to the different gradations?
On Sunday, Institute for Provocation will be joining Michael from Homeshop, Maurice from Islington Mill and others to launch a discussion around the topic of independent art spaces. Since we all represent various types of art spaces and collectives, we thought it fit to share our experiences in a public format, inviting everyone in to join this moment of self-reflection.
We have lined up with even more questions such as:
What contexts or practices does your space arise from?
Who do you consider your "stakeholders"?
What is the distribution of locality/international among your concerns?
How long have you been active?
What have been some changes during the life of your space? e.g. moves, reorganizations, renamings?
Is there a separation between your physical space and your "project"?
Is the space an institution? What necessitates or allows such a title?
Is the space a form of artistic practice? Is authorship involved?
How do you fund your space? How much does this enter into the activities that you consider your core concern?
How are decisions made? How does this shape what takes place?
Do you consider the way you run your space as a "model"?
Sunday, April 7 at 6 pm at Homeshop, Jiaodaokou beiertioao number 8