[NetBehaviour] Next at HTTP//_____________________________________The Summer of Folk
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Tue Jul 19 17:40:02 CEST 2005
*Next at HTTP// [House of Technologically Termed Praxis]*
*_____________________________________The Summer of Folk*
Open by appointment from 19th July to August 28th 2005
The Summer of Folk at HTTP is a re-evaluation of the conventional
exhibition experience, combining intellectual and sensual activities.
Visitors are invited to contribute to a Physical Folksonomy - to browse,
borrow and organise books and journals from ThE DiStRiBuTeD LiBrArY
whilst savouring delicious Iranian sweets and a cup of El Salvadorian
coffee supplied by Feral Trade, traded along social networks.
Visitors of all backgrounds and experiences are requested to suggest and
demonstrate their ideas for displaying, categorising and borrowing books
from the library. All contributions will be documented and made
accessible on the wiki, as well as in the gallery space for others to
observe. Please email info at http.uk.net or telephone +(0) 20 8802 2827 to
personally schedule your visit and plan your activity.
--------------- Getting to HTTP:
Unit A2, Arena Business Centre,
71 Ashfield Rd, London N4 1NY
Tube: Manor House, Buses: 341, 141,
Car: free parking facilities
------------------------------------- Associated Events
The Summer of Folk also provides the context for an informal season of
The first of these events is '48 Hour Wake' which begins at 12 midnight
Friday 22nd July ending at Midnight Sunday 24th July. The 48 Hour Wake
with David Goldenberg and guests examines how it is possible to
disengage from any mindset that one inherits before going on to develop
new ways of thinking, and from there, new ways of acting. This event
will be webcast for simultaneous viewing at East Open Internationalas
part of Making Things Better and provides the opportunity for a wide
range of persons to take part in the discussions via Voice-Over IP.
HTTP has free wireless access to the Internet so bring your laptops to
surf and study.
______________________ More About The Summer of Folk
______________________________ ThE DiStRiBuTeD LiBrArY
ThE DiStRiBuTeD LiBrArY provides a resource for creative research that
encourages a re-evaluation of where one stands in the world beyond the
established canons, structures, processes and mediation.
Expect to find amongst the 250 books and journals, fact, fiction and
theory surrounding Net Art, New Media, Activism, Art & Technology,
Wireless technology, Locative Media, Critical Thinking, Anarchism,
Feminism, Marxism, Cyber culture and theory, Programming, Psychology,
Complexity Theory, Pirate Broadcasting, Politics, Philosophy,
Post-modernism, Gay and Lesbian writings, Underground Film and more.
The library consists of two collections. The first is on loan from Ron
Briefel, an active Situationist, who has distributed his personal
library among a number of venues, people's private homes, community
centres, squats and galleries for public reading and lending. HTTP also
welcomes a recent collection of historic 90s DIY journals and zines from
Media Arts Projects who's recent workshops and events emphasise
skill-sharing, promoting the visibility of non-commercial uses of new
technologies, and building local networks.
The library is usually accessible between gallery exhibtions. There is
no formal system for indexing or lending this reading material. All
loans are negotiated by personal agreement. It is a resource for those
who are interested in discovering information in a random way, seeing
something that they have not yet come across, opening their minds to
different contexts and ways of thinking, accessing material that cannot
usually be accessed within their own institutions.
Media Arts Projects: http://mediaartprojects.org.uk/
___________________________________ Physical Folksonomy
Whilst recent technological developments in semantic web and folksonomy
allow digital files to be tagged to appear in more than one category at
once (with a personalised vocabulary), the books in ThE DiStRiBuTeD
LiBrArY exist in physical space. HTTP is providing an open platform to
collaborate and experiment with emerging models of knowledge sharing for
local and universal contexts and an opportunity to critique and explore
how strategies in digital environments might impact on the organisation
of data in physical and social space.
Why not create a 'Couple's Catalogue' to represent a mutual
understanding? or perhaps a group of three would create a 'Tripart
Taxonomy'- and leave the remainder as unchartered territory.
Any structural additions to the fabric of the building to accommodate a
reflection of your thinking will be considered. We hope to develop a
range of strategies of specific relevance and use for the individuals
and groups who visit HTTP. Every categorisation strategy from 'tidying
up' to the most taxing taxonomical tactic will be documented and
credited to its creator(s).
Over the Summer the HTTP crew will develop a digital archive to document
all propositions in whatever format seems most appropriate (and
possible). We welcome all offers of support and advice from outside
collaborators: technical, philosophical, catering- inexperienced and
___________________________________________ Feral Trade
Feral Trade sweets and coffee will be served throughout the Summer.
Feral Trade is an initiative to develop new trade relations along social
networks. Whilst never actually calling itself art, this project reveals
the social-context, texture and aesthetics of this venture in ‘new
international trade relations’, with coffee and sweets as its medium.
"The use of the word 'feral' denotes a process which is wilfully wild
(as in pigeon) as opposed to romantically or nature-wild (wolf). The
passage of goods can open up wormholes between diverse social settings,
routes along which other information, techniques or individuals can
potentially travel." Kate Rich.
__________________________________________48 Hour Wake
In a one off event which begins at 12 midnight Friday 22nd July and ends
at Midnight Sunday 24th July David Goldenberg and guests will take part
in a continous 48 hour wake at HTTP gallery. During this time they will
stay awake while on-site inside HTTP gallery to dream, relax, take part
in discussions and share ideas with a community who enter into the project.
The 48 hour wake examines how it is possible to disengage from any
mindset that one inherits before going onto develop new ways of
thinking, and from there, new ways of acting.
The event is to be web cast so that it will be seen simultaneously at a
venue in Norwich gallery as part of the East Open International - along
with facilities that will allow the opportunity for a wide range of
persons to take part in the discussions via Voice-Over IP.The project
develops a work staged last year for the STRUKTUR show at artist:
network in New York.
Gallery website http://www.http.uk.net
Getting to HTTP http://www.http.uk.net/docs/gettingto.htm
HTTP:// is a non-profit organisation run by artists and curators of
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