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Manual

The project invites artists to develop workshops as experimental platforms for the staging of intersubjectivity and the co-production of knowledge as both the means and end of an expanded learning process.

The exhibition, meanwhile, spans digital and analogue formats, comprising a collection of reinterpretations of the instructional form. A wayward excuse for a manual, which treats the process of learning itself as it worries at the constraints of its form and breathes new life into the much-maligned instruction.


Mediating the mediators: the art of the instruction (full text)

Mediating the Mediators: The Art of the Instruction

In educational terms, to give an instruction is to mediate knowledge- to tell another person how, where, when or why to acquire certain knowledge in the same way as a traveller is given directions to reach her destination. The instruction is therefore possessed of a double nature. It borrows its form from the command, and relationships of domination-between the knowledgeable and the ignorant, the instructor and the instructed- adhere to it. This form, however, is arguably alien to the function of the instruction, which is to equip the instructée with new knowledges- and knowledge can’t but be liberating when possessed.

The paradoxes circling the instruction are encapsulated in the instruction manual’s oxymoronic combination of discipline (‘instruction’) and emancipation (the final object of the manual is to make its user self-sufficient). ccthenr will stage this contradiction, and stretch it to its limits, by probing the potentially catalysing points of connection between the instruction and artistic practice.

As the wheels of the knowledge economy continue to whirr, and late capitalism becomes ever more adept at feeding creativity into production, we understand the kind of knowledge that artistic practice can produce through thinking art as a mediator between the viewer and the world. This is not meant in the mimetic sense whereby artists package an existing state of affairs for reappraisal. Instead, the artist conducts or puts into play modes of knowing by embedding her work with a potentiality of encounter that is fulfilled in and through a moment wherein its viewer overwhelms their own inherited habits of perception. If the function of the instruction within traditional modes of education has been to shrink the means through which knowledge is accessed, and by extension to limit the scope of the subject’s relation to the world and their sense of agency within it, art promotes unbounded being in the world in mediating between the viewer and their surroundings.

ccthenr will bring about a collision between the instruction’s mediation of knowledge and the aesthetic mediation of modes of knowing by inviting several artists to reinterpret the functionalist instructional form (the command or specific directive). The aim is to de-specify the instruction, to release it from the mediation of specific knowledges and shoot it through with perceptual instability: perhaps, in the end, to redefine it entirely. The potential of the radical incompleteness of these abstracted and expanded forms to propel a learning process without circumscribing it in the same move will be tested. Rather than requiring a specific response they will invite actualisation solely according to an active process of interpretation, even as they point beyond themselves towards the matrix of conditions and issues which ground learning.

Through art as instruction, rather than the instruction as art (Fluxus, Conceptual art), we propose to probe the instruction’s existing fault lines and ambush it with new resistances, undermining its monolithic oppressiveness with a dynamic dialectic of freedom and structure that is capable of founding a rich intersubjectivity. It might be impossible (and undesirable) to replace authoritarian modes of education with an entirely frictionless plane, devoid of the productive conflicts of micropolitics… So why not put potentially irresolvable elements into play- traverse something that is synonymous with mechanisms of domination through artistic practices which are always, somehow, in excess?

By Cat Turner

Exhibition

▲▲ ccthenr ▲▲presentations

ccthenr-presentations1

14 – 17 December 2013 | The Nursery Studio, 76 County Street, SE1 4AD

Josh BiltonKirsty BuchananRenee CarmichaelClara ClarkValerie Furnham, Daria Makarenko, Steven MorganaMimi NorrgrenLucy ParkerElizabeth Porter
Ruth ProctorAndy WeirSam Zealey

ccthenr the manual

THE MANUAL

Renee Carmichael has developed a web platform, using multi-disciplinary ‘instructions’ in digital form that reflect on modes of interaction with data. This digital exhibition of the artist’s work is partly recreated here.

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| Josh Bilton |
| Kirsty Buchanan |
| Renee Carmichael |
| Clara Clark |
| Valerie Furnham |
| Daria Makarenko |
| Steven Morgana |
| Mimi Norrgren |
| Lucy Parker |
| Elizabeth Porter |
| Ruth Proctor |
| Andy Weir |
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Workshops

WORKSHOPS

The workshop has been an integral component in artist practices as well as gallery education programs for many years and can be a powerful medium for empowerment and change. ccthenr considers the potential of the intrinsically social and communal workshop format to function as a platform for the co-production of knowledge. The project provides artists a space to experiment with the workshop and its potential as a tool for learning and discovery. This development of workshops has come hand in hand with the steady expansion of educational structures as well as the development of different approaches to pedagogy over the years.
The workshops will investigate the idea of mediating knowledge through a collective collaboration with the aim of generating vital principles that can be taken beyond the workshop experience into daily life. The experimental aspect of these workshops preserves an element of fallibility that negates the need for specific results or outcomes.
Unless otherwise specified, workshops took place at The Nursery Studio, 76 County Street, SE1 4AD

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▲▲Renee Carmichael▲▲

This workshop treats the logic of coding, rather than the specifics of its language, through the lens of narrative and poetry. How, through exploration and creation instead of demonstration, can we learn to take control of the devices that we use everyday? Throughout the workshop, participants will be able to create code that is immediately readable as poetry, which also compiles or is executable.
Thursday 7 November, 2013


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▲▲Hal Silver▲▲DAY & NIGHT


Hal Silver presents a game evening “Day & Night” based on the popular Russian game mafia.The familiar structure of the game format is used as a context to explore relational dynamics and knowledge exchange.
Participants are invited to play for the duration of the workshop helped along by whisky and home made soda bread.
Friday 8 November, 2013

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▲▲Derek Di Fabio: Shaping the smell of the future▲▲


Shaping the smell of the future in a blind environment.
Move far from sight, shift attention to other senses
and flip over distraction as an exploration tool.
We will invent unknown movements to sculpt the density between us.
Perceive the gap as solid material and switch on sleeping sensors.
An evening on the distance between subjects and how to not reach them.
Nothing can be taught.
Friday 6 December, 2013


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▲▲Irene Cena▲▲


This movement workshop asks what it means to ‘be in the body’ in the fullest sense, inviting participants to gain a heightened awareness of their embodied selves. Taking our most intimate, daily experiences as a starting point, images and tasks are proposed as platforms from which to dive into the nuances of body-mind simultaneity, exploring what moving feels like physically and emotionally.
Saturday 7 December, 2013

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▲▲Dmitri Galitzine▲▲


This workshop introduces the ancient Thai art of fruit and vegetable carving. This exquisitely decorative craft continues to be highly valued in contemporary Asian culture, where elaborately sculpted yet highly perishable creations are markers of wealth and status. The workshop brings these historically rooted practices into contact with the ethos of global corporations by charging participants with the task of carving the likenesses of Tesco Limited’s executive committee.
Session 1: Tuesday 19 November, 2013 at The Chocolate Factory, Farleigh Place, London, N16 7SX

 



Session 2: Thursday 12 December, 2013 at the Nursery Studio


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▲▲Reading Groups▲▲


Paulo Freire The Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Chapter 3 pp.68 -105

“Within the world we find two dimensions, reflection and action, in such radical interaction that if one is sacrificed -even in part- the other immediately suffers. There is no true word that is not at the same time praxis. Thus, to speak a true word is to transform the world.”

(Freire p.68 1970)


We will undertake a close reading of Chapter Three of “The Pedagogy of the Oppressed”, using a method discussed by Paolo Friere and Ira Shor in “A Pedagogy for Liberation” (1987). In this book, Friere and Shor examine the importance of a dialogical education in political and social arenas, and Friere introduces a practice of slow critical reading that gets to grips with each and every word of a text, interrogating every angle and perspective.

Reading groups took place at 122 Lyndhurst Way, SE15 4PT, on Sunday 1 December and Sunday 8 December

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▲▲Mimi Norrgren▲▲


Each participant in this performance workshop is supplied with the materials to make a ‘body object’, an idiosyncratic prosthesis that might extend or constrict the body’s mark-making abilities. Participants subsequently make short performances using their objects, as a means of communally exploring individual processes of learning through the body.
Tuesday 10 December, 2013

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