Saturday, 29 June 2013

Public Assembly

30th June2013
Peter Cooper founded the Cooper Union in the belief that education should be "free as air and water."  In this spirit of open participation, we are holding free events and classes around the indoor and outdoor spaces of the White Building.


SUNDAY 30th JUNE, 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The White Building, 7 Queens Yard, London E9 5EN


A Call For a New Type of School (Roundtable discussion)
2:00 - 3:30 pm
How have digital technologies affected the way in which we produce, utilise and disseminate knowledge? Chaired by Susannah Haslam and Lucy A. Sames, with Martin Dittus (London Hackspace), Lawrence Lek (FCUUK) & Yuri Pattison (Lucky PDF).

Experiments in Household Knowledge: Micro-Digestion
3:30 - 4:30 pm
Showcasing ambitious projects about anaerobic digesters as a source for sustainable energy production and waste management.  Followed by a walk around Hackney Wick to explore local initiatives and resources. Hosted by Public Works

Science, Art, and Neuroplasticity (Drawing Class)
4:30 - 5:15 pm
Join the scientist/artist team Neurocomic to explore the relationship between drawing and neuroscience. Gaze at slices of real brain tissue under a microscope and draw a portrait of a neuron stained with the classic 'black reaction'. Lead by Matteo Farinella & Dr. Hana Ros.

3D Scanning & Informal Digital Marketplaces (Live demo)
5:15 - 6:00 pm     
Talk and live demonstration about code, emerging 3D technologies and techno-populist, open-source approaches to culture. By Matthew Plummer-Fernandez

Animal Farm: The Musical (Screening)
6:00 - 6:30 pm   
Every pig is an artist. No pig flies alone. Teaching others is our greatest work. We can’t do it on our own. An institutional critique through musical theatre. From the Bruce High Quality Foundation.

Old School Projections
6:45 - 7:30 pm    
Educational art and science films screened in an analogue format.  A journey back to the classrooms of the 1960s and 70s.

Analogue Visual Synthesizers
7:30 - 8:00 pm
Talk and live demonstration about historical intermedia art and the link between electronics, drawing and sound/image generation. With Chris King

Performances:  Against Starchitecture, FCUUK & DJ Tesco
8:00 - 9:00pm
A spoken word piece about  a new kind of art and architecture by Ben Westley,  followed with closing thoughts from Lawrence Lek and a special graduation mix by DJ Tesco.

A Chronicle of Free Cooper Union
All day
Featuring prints, posters, and DIY publications brought to you from the End of Year Show in New York, in a collaborative architectural installation by Free Cooper Union UK.

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Get your class portrait taken for to commemorate this alternative summer school. With photographer Andi Schmied.

Canal Boat Classroom
2:00 pm
Learn about the stories and histories of London's rivers, canals, and waterways in a floating lecture room. With historian and archaeologist Kevin Flude.

Kayak Libre with Rachel Hill
2:00 pm
A temporary experimental infrastructure in the form of a kayak taxi service along the waterways. The fare is a conversation.

Martial Arts for Artists
3:45 - 4:15 pm
A personal lesson in fundamental Wing Chun techniques for internal conflict resolution through  awareness, movement and self-discovery.  With Lawrence Lek

New Media Protest Art Projections
8:00 - 9:00 pm
Drawn from an open call for artists, architects, filmmakers and   technologists: videos, animated GIFs and websites.

Symposium report: alternative art schools

Symposium report: alternative art schools

The Centre is Here symposium saw representatives of alternative art schools presenting their visions for art education. Kathryn Ashill, who starts an MA at Glasgow School of Art in September, found plenty to take on board as she prepares to embark on her course.   


24 Jun 2013

  • Centre is Here
    The Centre is Here: Alternative Art Schools, at g39, Cardiff.
It was with slight trepidation that I attended The Centre is Here symposium about alternative art schools, at Cardiff's g39. I am, after all, leaving Cardiff in September to embark on an MFA at Glasgow School of Art. Had I considered all the other options? Would the presentations by Pippa Koszerek (The Independent Art School), Maurice Carlin (Islington Mill Art Academy) and The School of the Damned cast a shadow over my decision to return to art school? 
First to present their ideas was Independent Art School founder Koszerek. The school became a curatorial project after she and fellow course mates created The New Hull Art School as a protest against the implementation of modularity on the course structure of fine art degrees.
Championing a free and progressive approach to education, they set up talks, crits, performances and presentations. Koszerek's powerpoint for this event included a series of drawings that humorously illustrated her point. A woman with a large rock on her back accompanied her statement: 'There were problems with being perceived as opposing a system, people would make assumptions about my political standpoint: I was seen as being a Marxist, anarchist, or anti establishment. This is a weighty responsibility that is imposed on your making process.' 
As a result of being questioned about her integrity, Koszerek went on to do an MA in order to research groups who were actively seeking a student-led experience. She met Department 21, who adopted a cross-disciplinary approach within the RCA and broke barriers between the rigid, separate courses by having a communal studio for printmakers, sculptors and painters. Her experience supports the main argument of her presentation – that we should fight for alternatives within the current art school system.
Underground resistance
The School of The Damned offered a counterpoint to working from within the established system. They are a London-based group of artists who have fully embraced the DIY approach to education. After graduating, 15 friends decided to create their own MA as a protest against high fees, being unable to get on a course, and the need to be accepted by art schools in the first place. They forcefully borrow the term MA in order to copy structures set in place by traditional art schools, describing themselves as ‘an underground Fine Art MA course run by its students.’
Set up in late 2012, The School of the Damned has a timetable and a meeting place and pays lecturers in kind through offering their skill sets, such as gardening or web design. Both Sara Nunes Fernades and Rachel Haines from the school used forceful language when explaining their ethos, describing themselves as being “criminalised” for not getting on/affording an MA. This sat uncomfortably with borrowed educational terms such as 'degree shows', 'lecturers' and 'course'.
Although the energy, commitment and enthusiasm the 'students' have for their new vocation and 'school' is commendable, it was hard to see what actually makes it a school; it seemed more like the dressing up or rebranding of an art collective.
Revolutionary approach
Maurice Carlin of The Islington Mill Art Academy, Salford, offered a more organic alternative to institutional art education. He explained that after doing a foundation and feeling deflated by the BA options, he opted – along with a large group of other foundation students – to create an academy that would gain practical knowledge for its students by exhibiting work and taking part in international art projects. 
This revolutionary approach to seeking out opportunities and receiving on the job experience had echoes of Koszerek's determination to champion freedom and student-centred experiences. The Art Academy is not an accredited course, but it could be argued that, as a result of its proactive ethos, students have much more depth in their approach to their own work and exhibiting than the average BA graduate.
I had one burning question for the panel: Where is the room for the individual, and fostering an individual practice, when their alternative schools are so collectively driven? There were three very different responses: The School of the Damned explained that focusing on their own work wasn’t an issue; Carlin has found that the academy has influenced the type of work he makes as he focuses on ideas about collectives and the public. Koszerek, meanwhile, clearly makes the distinction that The Independent Art School is a curatorial project rather than a collective. 
As I prepare to return to art school I am looking forward to focusing on aspects of my practice and having the critical response of fellow students and lecturers. And I intend to take on board some of the panel’s points: I will endeavour to be an active part of a community; I will make an act of protest by accepting my place at art school, ensuring that it’s not only the rich that study at MA level; and, if need be, I will fight for alternatives from within.
<p">The Centre is Here: Alternative Art Schools took place on 22 June at g39, Cardiff, and was organised by g39/Warp and Chapter.
More on
Alternative art schools - Pippa Koszerek's Research paper.

Friday, 28 June 2013

The Mental Furniture Industry at Flat Time House

29th June—4th August '13
An exhibition including archival printed matter, video and original artworks from three radical pedagogical activities of the late 60s; The Anti-University, The Hornsey Sit-in and Alexander Trocchi's sigma project, with new contributions from Adelita Husni-Bey & Park McArthur, Jakob Jakobsen, Sarah Pierce and Olivia Plender & Patrick Staff.

Nous Vous at 38b

OPENING Friday 28 June 2013 6-9pm with a live music performance from Nous Vous + specially brewed summer ale. All welcome!

And continues
Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 June 11am - 6pm
Monday 1 to Friday 5 July by appointment only

Nous Vous are Nicolas Burrows, Jay Cover and William Edmonds, a small and close-knit collective collaborating on graphic design work, illustration, exhibitions and other projects.
For this exhibition Nous Vous will present new work developing specific aspects of their varied practice and addressing the multiple functions of 38b as both a living and exhibition space. 
38b is an occasional series of exhibitions and events programmed by Luke Drozd and Eva Rowson in their Peckham flat.
For more information contact Eva on | 07989 335902 |

38b Peckham Rye, London, SE15 4JR
Getting to 38b: We are HERE

The Walking Reading Group is facilitated by Simone Mair and Ania Bas. This one off summer appearance is part of the programme at The Showroom in London and is one of the projects that responds to the re-projecting (london)a major new commission by Brazilian artist Ricardo Basbaum.

Meeting point: The Showroom, 63 Penfold Street London NW8 8PQ

Date & time: Wed 10th July, arrive for 6pm, the walk starts at 6.30pm.

This reading group will be dedicated to discussion of 4 texts by Basbaum, Freire, Lafuente and Rancière and exploration of questions of participation, pedagogy and emancipation. The walk will be approx. 2hours long. Texts need to be read in advance.

If you would like to join the walk and receive the texts please contact Louise Shelley on



Is happy to invite you to the opening of an exhibition by 
Jorge De la Garza

Wednesday June 5 2013, 8pm — Midnight
at the George and Dragon Public House, 2 Hackney Road, London E2

DJ of the night Sara Knowland.
Jorge De la Garza (Mexico City, 1978) completed his MA at Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2007 and has since exhibited internationally including at Project Arts Centre, Dublin; Breese Little, London; Galería Luis Adelantado, Valencia; Cornerhouse, Manchester and will be showing work with Galería Emma Molina at PINTA London, June 4 — 7 2013.
Jorge De la Garza at White Cubicle is curated by White Cubicle's inaugural curator in residence Paul Sammut.

The White Cubicle Toilet Gallery measures 1.40 by 1.40 metres, is located within the Ladies Toilet of the George and Dragon, and works with no budget, staff or boundaries. Since 2005 White Cubicle has been presenting a discerning programme of local and international manifestations as an antidote to London’s sometimes extremely commodified art scene. Past exhibitions have included Deborah Castillo, Gregorio Magnani, Butt Magazine, Federico Herrero, Terence Koh, i-Cabin, Steven Gontarski, Pixis Fanzine/Princess Julia and Hanah, General Idea and avaf, Basso Magazin, Carl Hopgood, Giles Round, Tim Noble and Sue Webster, Superm, (Brian Kenny and Slava Mogutin), Elkin Calderon, Wolfgang Tillmans, Calvin Holbrook/Hate Magazine, Husam el Odeh, Simon Popper, Fur, Dik Fagazine, Rick Castro/Abravanation, Jean Michel Wicker, Noki, Ellen Cantor, Karl Holmqvist, Julie Verhoeven, Aldo Chaparro, Esther Planas, Nikos Pantazopoulos, Luis Venegas, Twinklife, Rocky Alvarez, Benedetto Chirco, STH Magazine, Elmgreen & Dragset, Francesc Ruiz, Sico Carlier, Stefan Benchoam, Thomas Dozol, Marco Rountree, Aleksandra Mir, Cameron Irving, the Hundley Twins, Tetine, Prem Sahib, Scott King and many others…

In words of Aleksandra Mir "White Cubicle has become the stamp of approval for any self respecting artist of our generation."

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Open Day at the Wellclose Market