A series of events accompany the ASSEMBLY exhibition.

Events organised by Charlie Woolley and Richard John Jones will take place at JVA at Jerwood Space every Sunday afternoon from 1-5pm. Each event will focus on the idea of ‘activity’ within activism through a series of group participatory workshops.

13th May
Film Screening
A series of films addressing issues concerned with activism and music.

For this event we will screen a selection of films by filmakers including John Smith and Yutaka Tsuchiya, which explore the intersection of activism, aesthetics and music, juxtaposing two specific contexts from the UK and Japan in the 1990s. The films and videos move between filmmaking and its relationship to forms of activism and how new handheld video technology allowed a new style of story-telling and self-representation.

The screening will take place using Charlie Woolley’s work within the exhibition as a space for watching and discussing.

John Smith’s Blight (1994-96) (16mins) was made in collaboration with the composer Jocelyn Pook. It revolves around the building of the M11 Link Road in East London, which provoked a long and bitter campaign by local residents to protect their homes from demolition. The images in the film record some of the changes which occurred in the area over a two-year period, from the demolition of houses through to the start of motorway building work. The soundtrack incorporates natural sounds associated with these events together with speech fragments taken from recorded conversations with local people.

You Must Be Choking (1994) – Britain’s first alternative news video which notified the world of Britain’s largest urban anti roads protest in Britain.

The New God (1999) by Yutaka Tsuchiya (99mins) which documents Tsuchiya’s attempts to delve beyond the political rhetoric and intimidating facade of the fascinatingly complex figures of Amamiya and guitarist/band-leader Hidehito Itoh of The Revolutionary Truth, in the process discovering that all three of them have a lot more in common than their seemingly diametrically opposed standpoints might first lead one to believe.

20th May
The Haircut Before The Party
The Haircut Before the Party (THBTP) are a radical hairdresser collective are taking up a “line of flight” across Europe through political and economical crisis, to discover the meanings of revolution today.

Throughout 2012 they will be setting up temporary salon structures that act as meeting places, sites of exchange and social environments in which people are invited to receive haircuts for free and discuss political issues in a space that encourages immediate solidarities and trust.

For this event there will be free haircuts, a series of readings and a display of selected texts from The Haircut Before the Party’s library.

The Haircut Before The Party are produced by Arts Admin.

27th May
Class War Jumble Sale
A one day jumble sale, held by Ian Bone, selling ephemera and merchandise from the class struggle. Class War are a UK based action group set up in 1983 by Ian Bone and others.

10th June
Camera-Community-Action-Activism: a Collective Film Workshop

This event is a collaborative film-making workshop about making films collectively with filmmaker Ed Webb-Ingall.

Over the space of an afternoon participants will come together (part radical theatre troupe, part documentary film crew, and part community group). The gallery will become stage, centre, meeting house and workshop exploring how a camera affects our behaviour, and how it can be used to affect the way a film is received. During the event we will play games, film as a group and seek to answer questions such as:

  • Can a film be made collaboratively and non-hierarchically and what might this mean?
  • How might a camera work to build a community and enable representation or challenge misrepresentation?
  • How might the images filmed suggest the nature of that community, how it was built and structured and the process of its creation?

Drawing on the history and theory of activist and oppositional film making in the UK (from the newsreel movement of the late 1960s, The Berwick street Collective, Banner Theatre, The Workshop Act and Community Film Groups) this will be a workshop for those interested in how cameras are used to represent, mis/represent ourselves and others and how cameras affect and effect behaviour when making and watching such work.

Please bring a device to film with, wear loose comfortable clothing and be happy to discuss the ownership of the images filmed during the workshop.

Booking for this event is essential:

17th June
Banner Making Workshop
An afternoon of banner making, for your next protest march, led by artist, writer and designer Marta Pozananski.

24th June
Banner Making Workshop & Banner Drop
The second week of the banner making workshop will conclude with a banner drop outside the Jerwood Space building.

Events by Charlie Woolley are supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

There will also be events programmed by JVA on Monday 21 May (6.30–7.30pm) and a SLAM Last Friday Event on 25 May (6–8pm) as follows:

Re-thinking the Digital
21 May

The word digital has at least two contradictory meanings. On one hand it means data expressed in the form of a series of numbers for use with a computer and therefore implies abstraction and distance. On the other it means to do with the fingers, contrastingly implying touch and connectedness.

In this talk Charlie Gere takes advantage of these contradictory meanings in order to deconstruct some of the presumptions that exist around contemporary digital culture, to which he sees artistic practice as a form of resistance. He will cover ideas to do with the virtual and the material, community and the relational.

Gere is Reader in New Media Research in the Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Arts, LancasterUniversity. He is co-curator of FutureEverybody the 2012 FutureEverythingexhibition in Manchester. In 2007 he co-curated Feedback, a major exhibition on art responsive to instructions, input, or its environment, inGijon,Northern Spain.

He has given talks at many major arts institutions, including the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, the Architectural League in New York, Tate Britain, and Tate Modern. His new book, Community without Community in Digital Culture (Palgrave MacMillan, 2012), will be out later this year.

Previous titles include: Digital Culture (Reaktion Books, 2002),Art, Time and Technology (Berg, 2006), Non-relational Aesthetics, with Michael Corris (Artwords, 2009). Gere was co-editor of White Heat Cold Technology (MIT Press, 2009), andArt Practice in a Digital Culture (Ashgate, 2010), as well as writing many papers on questions of technology, media and art.

Friday 25 May
SLAM Friday: The Hut Project Performance for Video Screening

The Hut Project, in association with tart, presents Act Without Words a new performance work for video. The work takes as its starting point the same video clip that triggered their single-screen video work The Look of Performance, currently exhibited as part of ASSEMBLY. For Act Without Words the artists have commissioned writer Tom McMullan to ‘provide a psychology’ for the subject of the video clipThis new text has been used as the script for a further performance by that same actress. Her performance was recorded at Jerwood Space and will be presented here as a single-channel video screening.

The Hut Project is an artist collective interested in how objects might perform as containers of their own process. Their discursive practice constructs long sequences of translations between action, image, and object, resulting in artworks that act like stages for, or stages between, events. The artists represent their work online using documents and information whose origin or relation is uncertain, a humorous critique of both autonomy and appropriation.

The ASSEMBLY exhibition will be open until 8pm as part of SLAM Fridays, the last Friday of every month.

Visit the South London Art Map website for further information.

All events are free but should be booked in advance.

E. T. 020 7654 0179

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