EVENT SHOW / THE WAY THINGS GO / A WAY OF DOING THINGS was the final exhibition as part of the Exhibition as Medium Programme. It was a project that concentrated on collaborative working processes, focusing on research and discussion as major factors in the art-making process, rather than making and showing. It attempted to unravel working and thinking and push these often hidden processes public.
Event Show began with a screening of Fischli and Weiss' The Way Things Go. This had lead to A Way of Doing Things, where notions of the natural evolution of ideas and things have become secondary to pragmatism and a sense of wanting to get things done. The Way Things Go still exists - it was the beginning of A Way of Doing Things - a reference point for discussion and thinking, which has moved on to form something else. We can refer back to The Way Things Were and point towards The Way Things Will Be, choosing to shift philosophical position within the timeframe of Event Show.
As part of the Exhibition as Medium programme at Crate, ourselves alongside artists Ruth Beale, Karen Di Franco and Neal White presented events devised via a forecasting technique used during the Cold War called The Delphi Method. These events form the culmination of an anonymous collaborative discussion between the artists, with the curator, Toby Huddestone acting as facilitator through the entire process.
The process of using The Delphi Method has allowed us to incrementally refine our ideas for Event Show, culminating with the suggestion of 5 separate actions as part of one larger event.
Having formed a Committee and issued a summons to attend a WAKE we presented RITUALISED REFRESHMENTS, DIAGRAMMATIC ACTION, PERPETUAL REMEMBERANCE and the UNVEILING OF THE FOUNDATION STONE.
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