Set up day for Group 1’s ‘If not this then what?” project at The Winchester Gallery.
Our aim is to create a Public Consultation Project in the The Winchester Gallery space . Sofa spaces were to be used for informal discussion and exchange. A more formal working area of four joined desks , created a conference area in the centre of the gallery. Our set up included bringing computers and printers into the space, along with Television, audio and video equipment. Walls and pin boards would be used to document findings. The purpose of our project, is to investigate the political structures and power relationships between institutions and stakeholders in contemporary galleries. Further…How might artists / the University staff/ the public /the University itself, re imagine the space of the Gallery.
By 11.00 o’clock , Next weeks group ” Domesticating conflict” had arrived and proceeded to occupy part of the gallery space with a tent, banner and assortment of books, work and belongings and an artist, namely Laurence .
12.00 mid day , saw the start of a group discussion between many of the CAS associate artists, discussing how they had interpreted the two bodies of text [By Chantal Mouffe and Claire Bishop] and how these texts had influenced their thinking and approach to the project ” THE LABORATORY OF DISSENT”. Lunch was taken “on the hoof” during this discussion.
By 3.00 pm, Maija Liepins, opened a workshop to assist those interested in preparing reports for the Chapel Arts Studios blog.
4.00pm, and most CAS artists left the Gallery , apart from group 1 : Lydia Heath, Amy Wyatt & Dawn Evans. and Laurence Rushby who remained inside her tent, occupying a space within the gallery.If not this then what?” Group 1, began to organise their prep work and create an approach towards experimentation for the following four days.
Dawn is collaborating with Lydia Heath and Amy Wyatt during Week 1 of the Laboratory of Dissent project, a new CAS exhibition at The Winchester Gallery. Week 1 ‘If Not This Then What?’ takes place from Monday 24th August – Friday 28th August 2015. You can also follow their research on Tumblr.