Many factors may decide an artists weight and impact upon their peers, as well as a larger public. Some of these may be their success, ability and reputation, longevity and renown. It can be argued that the greater the weight of these factors, the greater the sway of the artist. What if the artist could concentrate all of these factors into one object, whose size and weight was directly proportional to them? What if you could see an artists success, ability and reputation in one easy to carry object? What if all artists had art bats? The Art Bat metaphor offers the opportunity to reflect on the vicissitudes of artistic activity in a way that circumscribes the conventional vocabularies and language tools used to these same ends. With Access Space we developed a cumulative exhibition along with a series of talks, presentations and workshops.
Friday 29th Febuary 18:00-20:00 Meet + talk to No Fixed Abode and drink booze
Saturday 1st March 14:00 Daniel Simpkins and Penny Whitehead present ‘BEAT ATTACK THWACK; an exploration of the power structures underpinning contemporary artistic practice.’ Visitors are invited to bring a bat representing an artist of their choice
Saturday 8th March 14:00 Black Dogs present ‘The Good Life; A Presentation on the implications of DIY, Punk and Self-organisation in Art’
Saturday 15th March 14:00 Ele Carpenter presents ‘The Elephant in the Room: Tensions between Object and Process in Socially Engaged New Media Art’
Saturday 29th March 14:00 Andy Hewitt and Mel Jordan (Freee art collective) present ‘How to Bat; How the Artists’ Bat Enables One to Question the Popular Misconception of Art being a Universal or Disinterested Field of Practice’
Friday 4th April Closing Event: Talk by No Fixed Abode presenting an overview of the project and sharing of the chocolate elephant.
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