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Artist-run spaces: new forms of artistic production?

Artist run spaces : nouvelles formes de production pour l’art ?

4th International Encounters in Art and Design

IVe Rencontres Internationales de l'Art et du Design

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Published on Thursday, May 30, 2013 by Élodie Faath

Summary

ESAD Reims’ new research programme “Artist-run spaces: new forms of artistic production?” will be the focus of the 4th International Encounters of Art and Design, which will be held in Reims on 24 October 2013. Artists’ collectives such as the artist-run spaces that have sprung up around the world are an excellent example of artists’ amazing ability to invent their own economy and establish networks in an interconnected world. These spaces are structures that allow artists to use technology and collaborative arrangements to organise and control how their works are produced, distributed, reviewed and sold internationally.

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Argument

Artists’ collectives such as the artist-run spaces that have sprung up around the world are an excellent example of artists’ amazing ability to invent their own economy and establish networks in an interconnected world. These spaces are structures that allow artists to use technology and collaborative arrangements to organise and control how their works are produced, distributed, reviewed and sold internationally. These collective non-profit organisations first appeared in the 1960s in Europe, the United States, Canada and Australia and were set up by artists with a simple objective of establishing spaces where avant-garde artists could meet and experiment together outside mainstream institutions and the art market.

As Gabriele Detterer and Maurizio Nannucci put it in their book about artist-run spaces: “This model can be defined as a ‘culture of collective self-organisation within contemporary art[1]’” based on social relations, interaction and participation. Hence the aim of these structures is more than just to promote individual creativity; the artist is part of a self-managed, collaborative organisation. They offer the advantage of controlling the message, the form and the means of communication, as well as forging international networks and redefining the relationship between art and the audience. Every artist plays his or her part in organising a “common space” in line with a non-hierarchical way of working and clearly affirmed ethical, aesthetic, political and artistic positions.

These structures are therefore intended as specific art forms and as a collective production, promotions, mutual assistance and sales operation. Their creative models seek to foster the emergence of new environments, new tools and new forms of citizenship.

We must now acknowledge that the current generation of young artists have similar creative powers and long for nothing more than to contribute to shaping a more open world in which creativity, art and culture are common values.

ESAD Reims’ new research programme “Artist-run spaces: new forms of artistic production?” will be the focus of the 4th International Encounters of Art and Design, which will be held in Reims on 24 October 2013. This event follows a study day involving the members of the scientific committee in February 2013. The international dimension of this research programme was also underscored by two study trips, the first in 2011 in partnership with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Michelle Grabner, the founder of artist-run spaces “The Suburban” in Chicago and the Poor Farm Experiment in Wisconsin, USA; and the second in Buenos Aires in 2013 in partnership with Torcuato di Tella University.

On the back of these experiences, our “Artist-run spaces: new forms of artistic production?” research programme sets out the hypothesis that the special economy of artist-run spaces is a possible blueprint for a collaborative educational platform that is free in its forms and formats.

The research questions are as follows:

How should we analyse the workings of artist-run spaces, in terms of the means at their disposal as well as the means they employ, to show that they could inspire new forms of artistic production? How and why might these modes of (self-)production generate new forms of artistic collaboration? What are these art forms? How do they differ from institutional forms? How can we conduct productive, constructive and even educational research by observing a particular structure in an art school, which is said to have grown out of the artist-run spaces?

There could be three lines of inquiry examining 1) the temporality of this kind of structure, 2) its economy, and 3) the forms of production to which it gives rise.

Submission guidelines

The call for papers is aimed at visual artists as well as theorists.

Proposals may involve any of the abovementioned research areas.

Closing date for the sending of proposals (maximum 300 words, accompanied with a short biography) :

30th June 2013.

Proposals should be sent to: patricia.ribault@esad-reims.fr

Academic committee

  • Tania Bruguera, artist, professor at Ecole nationale supérieure des beaux arts de Paris, founder of Immigrant Movement International and Càtedra Arte de Conducta (Behavior Art School),
  • Rozenn Canevet, doctor of Aesthetics, Sciences et Technology of Art, professor in History of Art and co-coordinator in Art / ESAD de Reims,
  • Jason Hwang, artist and curator, co-founder of Shanaynay (Paris),
  • Guillaume Leblon, artist, member of the Artist Run Space Castillo Corrales (Paris) and co-coordinator in Art / ESAD de Reims,
  • Mao Mollona, senior lecturer of Anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London,
  • Julien Amicel, co-director of the Dar Al-Ma'mûn Foundation (Marocco),
  • Claire Peillod, Director / ESAD de Reims,
  • Patricia Ribault, doctor of Arts and Art studies and Head of Research / ESAD de Reims. 

[1] Gabriele Detterer & Maurizio Nannucci, Artist-Run Spaces, JRP/Ringier & les Presses du Réel, 2012, p. 8.

Places

  • La Comédie de Reims, chaussée Bocquaine
    Reims, France (51)

Date(s)

  • Sunday, June 30, 2013

Keywords

  • art, art contemporain, économie de l'art

Contact(s)

  • Patricia Ribault
    courriel : patricia [dot] ribault [at] esad-reims [dot] fr
  • Aurore Decourcelle
    courriel : communication [at] esad-reims [dot] fr

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Information source

  • Aurore Decourcelle
    courriel : communication [at] esad-reims [dot] fr

To cite this announcement

« Artist-run spaces: new forms of artistic production? », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Thursday, May 30, 2013, https://calenda.org/250628

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