[NetBehaviour] C R A F T I V I S M at Arnolfini

Olga olga.panades at gmail.com
Thu Dec 10 13:24:56 CET 2009


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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