Thursday 01 May 2014
Thursday 01 May 2014
The last of 2014’s round of How to work together commissions opened on 1 May 2014 – International Workers’ Day – at Chisenhale Gallery. Céline Condorelli’s new commission runs until Sunday 23 June.
Gerry Bibby’s show is now open at The Showroom until Saturday 22 June, and Ella Kruglyanskaya is on at Studio Voltaire until Sunday 8 June. Visit the Events page for more details on forthcoming events around each of the shows – this will be updated regularly with new information.
If you can’t make it to the shows – and even if you can – check out the project’s Think tank, an online library of new research on the subject of working together, collaborating, cohabiting and cooperating. We have just published the first outcomes of Dr Andrea Phillips’ research project on the ways in which art’s organisational structures shape it’s politics. Andrea’s interviews with directors Polly Staple, Emily Pethick and Joe Scotland are a great read, as is her introductory text. Over the coming months, Andrea will be working together with us on a manifesto for arts organisations. Sign up to the mailing list to be kept up to date.
Also on the Think tank are a series of conversations between Céline Condorelli and sociologist Avery Gordon on the subject of work and friendship. These conversations represent Céline’s first engagement with the How to work together project, and outline the development of a set of ideas that have informed her solo exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery.
Image: Detail of a work by Céline Condorelli.
Friday 04 April 2014
…here is artist Ella Kruglyanskaya working on her wall drawing at Studio Voltaire a couple of days ago. More sneak peaks on Studio Voltaire’s Instagram page, here http://instagram.com/studiovoltairelondon
And see the whole shebang (inside and outside the building) at the preview on Thursday 10th April, 6.30-8.30pm.
Ella’s is the first of the 2014 How to work together commissions to open and will be followed by Gerry Bibby at The Showroom (preview Tuesday 29th April, 6.30-8.30pm) and Céline Condorelli at Chisenhale Gallery (preview Thursday 1st May, 6.30-8.30pm).
Tuesday 21 January 2014
Sometimes it’s good to get things wrong. We like a funny 404.
Monday 04 November 2013
Source Sans How to work together is still changing…designers An Endless Supply recently made up this type specimen for us to show the evolution of our multi-authored typeface. Nine designers have now been given letterforms to adjust or reconceive: Kaisa Lassinaro, Roman Gortinsky, Dries Wiewauters, HIT Studio, A Practice for Everyday Life, Nylinh Trieu Ngu Yen, Noel Leu, Studio Frith, and Emilie Rigaud — who recently added the elegant sweeps to b, d, p and q. Each new generation of the typeface is recirculated to the designers who can chose to amend their original contributions in response to the changes to the whole font. The font will keep on changing throughout the project with more designers adding brand new letterforms and adjusting earlier ones. You’ll see these character changes on the website as we regularly update it.
Back in May, An Endless Supply wrote a text about the project for the Think Tank, it’s still available to read here.
Thursday 08 August 2013
At the moment, all blog posts are by me, Victoria Lupton, How to work together Project Manager. We’re interested in hearing about projects, writing and new ideas about working together, in and out of art — if you think we’ll be interested in something please send an email to email@example.com or tweet us @_worktogether.
Thursday 08 August 2013
Bonnie Camplin introduced us to the Bohm Dialogue when she was commissioned to make a work for the How to work together think tank. The Bohm Dialogue was invented by the physicist towards the end of his life, after many years of working on the subject of how to think together.
Many great recordings of Bohm discussing his ideas have been posted on YouTube. I watched this Friday Evening Seminar and this dialogue between Bohm, Krishnamurti and Dr. Maurice Wilkins on ‘The Difficulty of Thinking Together’. These are a great watch, for the ideas discussed, but also for the slowness with which the ideas are turned over. You can almost physically see the process of thinking things through — all from a point of view of not knowing the answer and trying to work it out together, rather than of expounding knowledge from a fixed position.
Bohm’s model for dialogue developed from a desire to address the problem of communication in a fractured society: divided geographically by borders and ideologically by religion. He talked about how, even within our fields of knowledge there’s so much specialisation and one-tracked thinking that, for example, the different sciences can’t talk or work together.
For Bohm, the root of the problem lies in the way we think and the thoughts that result. We look at our problems in isolation and try to solve them, but neglect to address the thought processes that brought the problems about in the first place — someone in the audience of the Friday Seminar used the analogy of polluting a river upstream and trying to remove the contamination downstream.
The Bohm dialogue is a form of open conversation, a process of thinking collectively that attempts to trace the movement of thought between the members of a group and thereby help the group gain a better understanding of itself, its preconceptions and prejudices. It distinguishes itself from a discussion or debate that might start from a fixed intellectual or ideological position or attempt to find a solution or outcome. Bohmian Dialogue attempts to converse with no presumptions or agenda – ‘meeting without a goal enables free space for something to happen’. The idea is to pay attention to the process of thinking, rather than the content of thoughts.
There are a number of rules for Bohm Dialogue which someone has handily summed up on Wikipedia (thank you):
1. The group agrees that no group-level decisions will be made in the conversation.
2. Each individual agrees to suspend judgement in the conversation.
3. As these individuals “suspend judgement” they also simultaneously are as honest and transparent as possible.
4. Individuals in the conversation try to build on other individuals’ ideas in the conversation.
The Bohm Dialogue is used in prisons and in organisational development. For example, Peter Senge’s management classic ‘The Fifth Discipline’ (1990) uses Bohmian principles to describe how collective aspiration and sytems thinking (the process of understanding how things, regarded as systems, influence one another within a whole) can turn companies into ‘learning organisations’.
Thanks Bonnie for introducing us to the Bohm Dialogue. Bonnie is hosting an event with Nervemeter magazine at Studio Voltaire on Saturday 31 August. See our Exhibitions and Events page for more details.
Cara Tolmie presented two Wrangling Exercises during her Chisenhale Gallery Neighbourhood Residency, working across the gallery’s offsite, education and exhibition programmes and producing a commissioned work for Victoria Park. The Wrangling Exercises are events for three participants: the Chair, the Interviewer and the Interviewee. These roles rotate throughout the course of the event, with each person taking a turn to direct the conversation, to ask questions and to answer them. For the first Wrangling Exercise, Cara invited Marcelo Novillo, Victoria Park Senior Community Ranger and Jon Lewell, Site Representative of Works for the Victoria Park Redevelopment, to discuss public art and recreational space. You can listen to it here.
Collective Conversation is the name of Ricardo Basbaum’s latest series of collaborative works, wherein people gather to explore ways of voicing their thoughts in concert, through dialogue, translation, quotation and writing. For Basbaum’s current show at The Showroom, a group met daily at The Showroom to compose a polyphonic script that was performed in the re-projecting (london) open working room on 27 July. Visit the project’s microsite for more information. Ricardo Basbaum’s project continues until 17 August.
Tuesday 28 May 2013
The first How to work together think tank commissions by Bonnie Camplin, Céline Condorelli, Anna Minton and An Endless Supply are live on this site now and we’ve got more planned for the summer and throughout the three years of the project, so sign up to the email list or connect with How to work together on Twitter (@_worktogether) or Facebook to get updates.
The think tank is a way for us to bring ideas from other disciplines together, to see new possibilities for working together and to make connections between our work and the work of others – individuals and organisations.
Anna Minton’s essay Common Good(s) – Redefining the public interest and the common good is a great example as it’s an opportunity, not only for us to think about how to work together in the broadest sense – ‘how to work together as a society’ – but also for us, and for Anna, to think about if and how arts organisations can be a useful platform for this kind of political debate. The essay is just the starting point and will be followed by a public event and online discussion later in the summer.
Speaking of making connections: the fate of the condemned Heygate Estate in Southwark, London is discussed in Anna’s paper Scaring the Living Daylights out of people, the companion piece to Common Good(s). This huge estate of 1,100 now empty homes has been sold by Southwark Council to developers and will be replaced by a vast majority of market housing (the image above is an indicative image released by developers Lend Lease last summer). The estate is also the subject of Bonnie Camplin’s film Heygate for Life (2011). Laid empty for three years, Bonnie describes what she experienced there as an ‘amplified materiality… The Heygate became as a crucible that concentrates our mind in its materials.’ You can watch Heygate for Life on Bonnie’s page on ubuweb.
Wednesday 15 May 2013
Celine Condorelli’s ‘Too close to see: notes on friendship, a conversation with Johan Hartle’ is included in Open Editions’ new publication ‘Self Organised’ edited by Stine Hebert and Anne Szefer Karlsen. Here’s a taster:
“The following text addresses the practice of friendship, as a specific entry into the large question of how to live and work together towards change, as a way to act in the world. Being a friend entails a commitment, a decision, and encompasses the implied positioning that any activity in culture entails. In relationship to self-organisation, friendship is perhaps at its most evident in relation to a labour process, in how we work together…”