Collective Praxis (2013) Following on from series of peer-to-peer workshops in Autumn /Winter 2012 as part of ongoing research into social practice, Spacex have now printed a publication to expand on this research. The workshops opened up a space to share experience, engage in peer critique and reflect critically on where theory meets practice when artists develop collaborative or participatory projects. Each session was led by a UK based practitioner with extensive experience of working with social practice; Emma Smith, Lotte Juul Petersen, Nuno Sacramento, Sophie Hope and Emily Druiff. The publication aims to disseminate these discussions with texts by Martha Crean, Sophie Hope and Emma Smith. For further information, or if you are interested in receiving a copy please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The impossible gaze of the ecological subject (2012) – Alex Murdin, conference paper. Most of us at some point have wanted to be in two places at the same time. How many of us though have ever wanted to not be in two places at once ? Using some ruralrecreation projects and proposals this presentation for the Home and the World conference describes an aesthetic and political response to the idea of the “impossible gaze”, wishing to be simultaneously present and absent in the environment and landscape. It discusses ethical ambivalence to environmental issues via the work of contemporary political thinkers such as Slajov Žižek, and Alain Badiou.
Art in aspic: rural artists breaking free from the mould (2009) – Alex Murdin, for www.artcornwall.org. What are the political constraints facing rurally located artists in landscapes disciplined by conservationism and still weighed down by the primacy of the Romantic gaze ?