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  Cultural Hijack

  CONTRAvention


This CONTRAvention is a carnival weekend of lectures, symposia, screenings, participatory actions, interventions, dinners and debate.


FREE EVENT

Friday 24th May Cultural Hijack Double Bill                                                                                                     

RED Gallery  6.30 - 10.30   

Ztohoven's  Media Reality  (45 mins)

including panel discussion with artists from Ztohoven and RED Gallery director Yada

Renzo Marten's  Enjoy Poverty  (90 mins)

including panel discussion with Katarzyna Kosmala and Nina Edge

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The main CONTRAvention event

Saturday 25th May  9am – 6pm.

Cultural Hijack: Rethinking Intervention, takes place at RIBA (the Royal Institute of British Architects)

What might the tools, tactics and poetics of the interventionist artist offer the insurgent imagination of activism and social movements?

Do small acts of resistance and creative disruption, build muscle that encourages an appetite for real alternatives to neoliberal capitalism or do they end point and sate such an appetite?

And what of ‘commissioned resistance’, is it implicitly flawed, sponsored by the system it seeks to critique, or can it, despite its origins, have impact? These questions, and yours, will be picked over in the CONTRAvention.

Speakers include:  Gregory Sholette, Voina (Yana Sarna), John Jordan, Krzysztof Wodiczko, Space Hijackers, Ztohoven, David Pinder, Ben Parry, Peter McCaughey, Nina Edge, Barbara Steveni, Graham Jeffery, Gavin Grindon, Alana Jelinek, Tobias Klein

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 FREE participatory event

Sunday 26th May   11.30 - 5pm

Allan Kaprow  Transfer

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A group of people meets in order to physically “transfer” oil or chemical disposal drums from one area to another of the city or its surroundings. The modality in which the movement of these items happens is not rigidly dictated. In fact, I would argue that the real creative act stands precisely in devising the way each group transfer the barrels, selecting the destination and composing the drums upon arrival in order to create a setting for the group to take a victorious collective photographic portrait. The only other prescriptive element is for the group to paint the drums with a different colour at each time, so to signal the passage of time and layering of experiences. Basically, after each transfer the drums look different and yet the same. They simply acquire a different patina and they are enriched by the experiences of those who have moved them around.

A happening for Kaprow via Christo



Cultural Hijack Rethinking Intervention Saturday 25th May.

RIBA 25th May - Conference Schedule.

09.00      Registration: Tea & coffee and a bun

10.00      Welcome: Tobias Klein (Architectural Association)

10.05      Introduction: Peter McCaughey & Ben Parry Overview of Cultural Hijack & live-programme

10.30      Keynote: Gregory Sholette  Dark Matter  (30 min + 15 min Q&A)

11.15      Break – tea & coffee

11.30      Voina (Yana Sarna) Art & Politics in Russia  (30 min)

12.00      Short interventions   

                 Gavin Grindon,  (10 min)

                 Alana Jelinek, This is Not Art: Activism and Other 'Not-Art'(10 min)

12.20      Panel discussion: Yana Sarna, Gregory Sholette, Gavin Grindon, Alana Jelinek

12.45      Break - Lunch

1.45         Krzysztof Wodiczko War Veteran Projects  30 mins + 15 mins (Q&A)

2.30        Short intervention: David Pinder Geographies of Resistance  (10 min)

2.40        ‘Unsanctioned Resistance’ Presentations from:

                 Space Hijackers  (20min)   

                 Ztohoven Moral reform and media sculptures (20min)

3.20       Panel discussion - Space Hijackers, David Pinder, Ztohoven, Graham Jeffery

3.40      Break:  tea & coffee

4.00      Short interventions Nina Edge 

4.15      Presentation by John Jordan Resisting Stockholm Syndrome: Anecdotes on Omniside, artivisme and sinkin your                 cultural capital.

5.00      30 one-minute statements from the floor...   - invited from the floor chaired Graham Jeffery 

5.30      Closing comments Barbara Steveni (APG)

5.45      End performance

6.00      CLOSE


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Moving beyond contemporary art discourses to the concerns of city living, the built environment and urban futures, Cultural Hijack: Rethinking Intervention foregrounds the practices and concerns of the interventionist and the artivist. This part of the CONTRAvention brings together leading voices of dissent, provocation and critical practice, offering ways of advocating, analyzing and agitating for alternative futures.

What might the tools, tactics and poetics of the interventionist artist offer the insurgent imagination of activism and social movements?

Do small acts of resistance and creative disruption, build muscle that encourages an appetite for real alternatives to neoliberal capitalism or do they end point and sate such an appetite?

And what of ‘commissioned resistance’, is it implicitly flawed, sponsored by the system it seeks to critique, or can it, despite its origins, have impact? These questions, and yours, will be picked over in the CONTRAvention.


 

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