Good deeds… is a series of workshops investigating how ‘cultural’ and ‘creative’ work is tied up in processes of urban regeneration. Engagement and involvement with regeneration processes, explicit or otherwise, seems an inevitable aspect of creative and cultural work in urban environments today. This series of workshops aim to further a critical understanding of the ways regeneration agendas shape and are shaped by the work of artists, architects and designers. Each session will bring together a range of theoretical and practical approaches, hoping that antagonisms between them can be both revealing and useful towards equipping ourselves for ongoing and future contestations over the use and instrumentalisation of ‘culture’, public realms, and artistic activity.
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Saturday 25 January, 10am-3:30pm
The politics of funding (and issues with criticality)
With presentations by Mark Brearley, Alberto Duman, Owen Hatherley and Andy Robinson (Futurecity)
This workshop will focus on how artistic and architectural work is funded and commissioned, both publicly and privately, and how the rhetoric, channeling and (policy-based) obligations of funding shape what work is done in the name of regeneration, by and ‘for’ who, and with what recurring effects. This session aims to unpack what is expected of art and architecture work by its funders in order to begin to discuss what the actual efficacies are of an entrepreneurial and ‘inclusive’ approach to practice and what possibilities and limitations there are for critical (counter-)strategies.
The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design
Central House, 4th floor
59-63 Whitechapel High Street
Free. All welcome.
Good deeds… is curated by Luke Cooke-Yarborough and Julika Gittner supported by Cambridge Design Research Studio (University of Cambridge).The venue is kindly provided by The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design (London Metropolitan University)
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