[NetBehaviour] C R A F T I V I S M at Arnolfini
olga.panades at gmail.com
Thu Dec 10 13:24:56 CET 2009
C R A F T I V I S M
Saturday 12 December 2009 - Sunday 14 February 2010
Preview Friday 11 December 6pm - 8pm
Invited artists/collectives: Kayle Brandon + Heath Bunting, Rhiannon
Chaloner + Manuel Vason, glorious ninth, GOTO10, Rui Guerra, Household,
Christine + Irene Hohenbüchler, JODI, Mandy McIntosh, Gloria Ojulari
Sule, Trevor Pitt + Kate Pemberton, Janek Simon, Stephanie Syjuco, Clare
Thornton, and projects produced with workshop participants + local
Craftivism is an Arnolfini/Relational contemporary art project that
responds to the resurgent interest in craft as it relates to socially-
engaged art practice. It involves fourteen projects developed by artists
and collectives that work with craft-based traditions and activist
practices, and who employ the tactics of 'craftivism' (combining crafting
+ activism) to question and disrupt the prevailing codes of mass
The project attempts to collapse the distinction between 'making' and
'doing' - the former associated with craft, the latter with human action.
It places an emphasis on interaction and participation in the wider social
realm, and employs aspects of self-organisation and 'open- source'
principles. The artists involved engage with craft-based traditions
through diverse practices including art, technology and fashion. Selected
works exemplify 'innovation' in the general sense that newly invented
forms might diverge from established rules and perceived norms.
Craftivism is developed in relation to a range of contexts and includes
nine artist-led participatory projects developed with local communities,
the outcomes of which are shown as part of a gallery- based interactive
exhibition, online and in free software-related projects, workshops, talks
and the uncurated satellite event UnCraftivism. Events also take place
locally at Brandon Hill Park, Colston Hall, Full Circle St. Paul's Youth
and Family Centre, Knowle West Media Centre and The Mall Bristol.
The project will invite public interaction and provide opportunities to
take part, make work and learn craft-based skills to customise products.
It encourages wider communities to embrace the 'freedom' to create, modify
and distribute products, and in so doing demonstrates the possibilities
for people to modify their own lives.
Craftivism is part of the Artist/Activist season, a series of Arnolfini
projects in Autumn/Winter 2009/2010 which provides a socially-active forum
for debate and learning around issues of climate change and alternatives
to the culture of consumerism.
16 Narrow Quay, Bristol, UK
Olga P Massanet
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