This is Not a Gateway 2010

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Critical Practice is thrilled to be part of This Is Not A Gateway 2010, October 22nd - 24th, 2010 in London, UK. Our discussion, titled Money/Space/Art, is currently scheduled for the evening of Friday, October 22, 2010 You can find out more about CP's contribution by following this link.

Here's the most recent description of the festival: The focus for the 2010 and 2011 Festival is ‘Financial Districts’. In doing so the festival aims to collectively learn more about the spatial, psychological, sociology and design conditions of the latest crisis in capitalism geographies. What can we learn about the most avant-garde spaces of modern capitalism? And what can these spaces become?

The three day event is unlike any other urban conference or festival; drawing out and highlighting ideas, approaches, people and work that is critical, independent and rigorous. Wide ranging contributions from the ‘fields’ of architecture, planning, governance, art, critical theory, psychiatry, statistics, urban history, community organising, policy, and film.

According to the website, the festival aims to:

interrogate and propose new futures for ‘The Corporation’- otherwise known as Financial Districts/The City/Central Business District’s/Downtowns.
Despite their uniqueness ‘Financial Districts’ are erroneously understudied. This may in part be due to a perception that they are banal, sanitised non-places, perhaps even benign. It is likely that the difficulty in accessing and penetrating the real or illusory boundaries around these sites, might also contribute to a gap in knowledge.
A contemporary interrogation of these spaces, by a spectrum of disciplines and approaches, is vital as the current crisis of capitalism can be traced throughout these ‘financial service centres’. Since the decline of European communism twenty years ago these unique spaces have been rapidly built across the globe with noteworthy similarity. Recently in centres such as London, discussions about how these spaces may be re-understood and re-used, have begun – no doubt accelerated by predictions that financial and business services are expected to rapidly decline.
Desired, celebrated, ignored, distrusted or transformed into sites of protest – what can we learn about the most avant-garde spaces of modern capitalism? What does this mean for the future of how we might conceive of cities and our lives within them? Do these spaces allow us a clear view into how we may live our lives in the 21st century?
The ambition of the festival is to contribute to new and critical understandings of these spaces via a wide range of approaches and disciplines (i.e. physical, cultural, psychological, class analysis, legal, architectural, etc). It is our hope that by making apparent this spatial dimension of global capitalism, we might unearth the theories, personalities and beliefs that inform the construction and maintenance of these significantly understudied but always compelling spaces. What will the future of the city be? Proposals can include a variety of formats – for example, films, discussions, workshops, exhibitions, presentations and ‘in conversations’.

Here's Marsha's Proposal - Sent July 12, 2010:

Name and Address: Critical Practice, Chelsea College of Art and Design, 16 John Islip St, London SW1P4JU
Title: Money/Space/Art
Project proposal summary (in no more than 40 words): We aim to assemble a mixed economy of invited contributors, drop-in participants and members of Critical Practice to discuss the ways in which international money circulates through specific socio-cultural practices (namely art produced by heterogeneous artworlds) that are constructed via geographical frames.
Short Biography Critical Practice is a cluster of artists, researchers, academics and others, supported by Chelsea College of Art & Design, London. We aim to support critical practice within art, the field of culture and organization:

We are exploring new models for creative practice, and look to engage those models in appropriate public forums, both nationally and internationally; we participate in exhibitions and the institutions of exhibition, seminar and conferences, film, concert and other event programmes. We work with archives and collections, publication, broadcast and other distributive media and funders; while actively seeking to collaborate.

What would you like to do in the festival (organise a roundtable, screen a film, exhibit art etc)? ** Include as many details as possible: potential speakers, format of presentations, duration of film, size of images etc.: Critical Practice would like to facilitate a porous discussion. A variation on the barcamp model, interlocutors do not need to sign up or prepare in advance.

Instead: three to five interlocutors will sit around a table in the middle of a room. There is always one empty chair at the table. Members of Critical Practice and invited contributors (TBC) will offer a few prepared comments on the theme of Money/Space/Art. Once an interlocutor has conversed on a specific topic and made her point, she may leave the table and join the audience seated in the larger ring of chairs around the edge of the room. An audience member may then sit in the vacant seat and become an interlocutor in the conversation. In this way, the discussion is porous, with both the interlocutors and ideas shifting between the dialogue at the table and the audience seated beyond.

What key question(s) related to cities will you be exploring? Drawing on Andrew Leyshon and Nigel Thrift’s important book Money/Space: Geographies of Monetary Transformation, the proposed discussion seeks to explore the ways in which the socio-cultural practices of the artworlds are implicated in the discursive production of money (namely financial markets and financial capital) across a range of geographic scales and spatial frames.
How does your project address the interdisciplinary & critical approach encouraged by This Is Not A Gateway? Criticality: Operating at the intersection of ‘art’ and ‘money,’ the proposed discussion aims to draw out the uneasy relations between these different but increasingly mixed domains.

Interdisciplinary: In addition to bringing together ‘culture’ and ‘economics,’ the interdisciplinarity of this porous discussion will unfold through the interlocutors’ diverse perspectives. For example, invited contributors (artists, geographers, gallerists, collectors, etc.) will be encouraged to approach the rub between ‘culture’ and ‘economics’ from their specific disciplinary perspectives in tandem with their individual points of view.

What support do you need from This Is Not A Gateway? We request a table that can seat six to eight and an additional 20 chairs. It’s quite important for the relational dynamics of this discussion that both the interlocutors and the audience are seated at the same level.
List all the equipment required to realise the event (including details of equipment supplied): We do not envision needing any equipment.
Description of preferred venue (size, room requirements) The room needs to be large enough so the table can be placed at its centre, with two rings of chairs surrounding it.
Additional information (preferred audience size, time and day, any special requirements): Our preferred audience size is 30 – 40 people; we are flexible regarding time and day.

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  • 22nd October, 2010 - Critical Practice facilitated Money/Space/Art as part of TINAG


8, 2010
  • Neil, Marsha and Scott discuss proposal for TINAG at the end of the circular artefact meeting. It's decided we'll look at the spatialization of capital in relation to art.
12, 2010
  • Marsha writes and sends through CP's application for TINAG 2010
28, 2010
  • CP receives confirmation our application has been accepted.
17, 2010
  • Marsha sends the organizers photos and captions for publicity.
  • Marsha emails the organizers about CP's needs for the festival (message sent to the listserve - everyone should have received it.)- It's confirmed we'll have a 1.5 hour slot on the evening of 22nd October, 2010.
8, 2010
  • Marsha receives confirmation from the organizers that we're scheduled for 3:30 on the afternoon of October 22nd 2010...A little earlier than we'd hoped but we can work with it!