Sunday 1 May 2016, 12:30 – 6pm
Study afternoon: In Place of Infrastructure
Organised by Jonathan Hoskins, Ross Jardine and Margareta Kern.
Join us for a one-day event that will explore ideas around infrastructure through open discussion within a small group. The day will include sharing current artistic research from a residency Jonathan Hoskins and Margareta Kern are undertaking in a new town currently under construction and a screening of The Forgotten Space by Allan Sekula and Noël Burch.
The day will focus on three related questions:
- Infrastructural systems and institutions produce experiences of security but also discomfort, during moments of both conspicuous breakdown, and inconspicuous operation. How are these discrepancies felt, articulated and shared?
- What is the relationship between infrastructure and doubt? If systems are established and maintained to ensure future certainty, how does this come to be challenged?
- Under current political and economic conditions of reconstituting state and non-state governance, infrastructure can produce not only order and efficiency, but chaos and disorder – how is this experienced?
If you wish to attend, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org before 28th April.
We strongly encourage anyone joining us to also attend another event that takes place in London the day before, as a primer: Freethought on Infrastructure at the Showroom, NW8.*
13:00 – 14:00
Lunch: We will make hot, tasty, filling bowls of vegan stew for a cost price donation. We will do our best to meet any dietary requirements if you let us know when you RSVP.
Tea and coffee is available all day for a nominal donation.
13:50 – 14:00
Ross Jardine will introduce his ongoing research into the figure of the administrator and its relationship to the frameworks that create, maintain and govern the places we live and work in.
14:00 – 15:30
Open discussion: The Growth Point
Margareta Kern and Jonathan Hoskins are halfway through a two month research residency in Cranbrook, a new town under construction in the southwest of England. They will introduce their research using visual and documentary materials they have collected, inviting contributions, insights and digressions from everyone to critically, collectively work through related concerns, drawing on personal, professional, practical and theoretical experience.
Cranbrook is part of one of the largest construction and infrastructure projects underway in the UK, the Exeter and East Devon Growth Point, a post-industrial, public/private project “deliver[ing] a major growth programme… to realise the full economic potential of Exeter and East Devon.” The town is a work-in-progress – a geographical gradation from populous neighbourhoods in the west to open fields in the east, with a vast construction site in-between that is moving rapidly eastward.
The residency is with Spacex Gallery, Exeter. Further information: http://spacex.org.uk/events/margareta-kern-and-jonathan-hoskins-residency/
Screening: The Forgotten Space
Ross Jardine will introduce this feature-length film essay by Allan Sekula and Noël Burch. The film follows container cargo ships, barges, trains and trucks as they travel around the global supply chain. By listening to workers, engineers, planners, politicians, and those marginalized by the global transport system, the film seeks to understand and describe the contemporary maritime world in relation to the complex symbolic legacy of the sea.
For anyone wanting to continue the conversation!
*This event has no formal affiliation to the event at the Showroom that takes place the day before, nor with Freethought, the speakers at that event.