Since 2015 CAS Associates have been exploring ‘Dissent’ as a working methodology and steering the direction of their collaborative art-research. We owe Dr August Jordan Davies (curator and art historian) and Dr Yonat Nitzan Green (artist researcher) a big thank you for their ongoing mentoring and support. In 2015 we started with Laboratory of Dissent, an immersion into collaborative art-dialogue which took place at Winchester Gallery where August Jordan was the curator. Our emerging methodology was reinforced by CAS Associate Yonat Nitzan Green formed our Reading and Discussion group and the subsequent writing group which produced a publication ‘Dissent: A Creative Practice’ (2018).
The Research Group
The CAS Associate’s reading and discussion group is open to all CAS Associates toward their continued professional development. The main purpose of the group is to explore the fruitful dialogue between theory and practice and maintain a critical approach to contemporary art practice. This contributes to each artist in his/her practice, as well as to the group’s projects and working methodologies. When in session, the CAS Research Reading Group meets monthly to read and discuss texts. It is not a platform to discuss projects or plans. It is an intellectual contemplative space which welcomes openness of feelings, thoughts and mutual respect.
Readers of the CAS Research Group Blog are welcome to engage with the texts, and join the discussion in the comments (at the bottom of each page).
We have largely explored texts related to dissent, archiving, education, and contemporary art.
Artistic Activism and Agonistic Spaces by Chantal Mouffe
Text 1. Research, Relativism, and Truth in Art, Dena Shottenkirk
Text 2. Potential Ongoing Archive, by Anna Harding
Discussion of Potential Ongoing Archive with John Hansard Gallery
The Suspicious Archive by James T Hong
Innovative Forms of Archive Part Two, Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez
Suggested books curated by Dawn Evans (pdf)
Text 3. Politics of Dissent, Bak Jørgensen, Martin; Agustin, Oscar Garcia
Articulating Dissent, Pollyanna Ruiz (book)
Text 4. Methodology, extracts compiled by Yonat Nitzan-Green
1.A.M. (2013) the invitation used by David to engage Associates in collaboration
A.M. Emerging Methodology, notes on Associates collaborative practice compiled by Dawn Evans and Maija Liepins (2017)
‘Dissent: A Creative Practice‘ Anthology of 3 essays by Susan Francis, Maija Liepins, Yonat Nitzan-Green