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Here is the press release for the event I organised with Critical Practice as part of This is Not a Gateway in 2010:

Please join Critical Practice for an informal discussion on the relations between Money/Space/Art as part of This Is Not A Gateway Festival 2010.

Date and Time: Friday, 22nd October, 2010: 3:30 – 5:00pm Venue: Hanbury Hall, (Match Stick Hall) 22 Hanbury St. E1 6QR, London.

The Discussion: Money/Space/Art will bring together invited contributors, drop-in participants and members of Critical Practice to explore the uneasy relations between art and money and how they are spatialised. We'll consider how art moves, performs, announces, resists and celebrates money and vice versa: how money moves, performs, announces, resists and celebrates art.

Held in the wake of Frieze 2010 and within the broader context of devastating cuts in cultural funding, this urgent discussion engages with the complex and contingent relations between the artworld(s) and economics.

Many responses to the theme(s) of Money/Space/Art are encouraged, with contributions taking diverse forms. Video and audio equipment will be available for sharing short clips to prompt discussion. Contributors may use props, performances, drawing or other means to contribute to the debate. More conventional approaches are also welcome – drop in and have your say. We’re looking forward to a wide-ranging, dynamic and provocative discussion.

The Festival – This Is Not A Gateway 2010: ‘The Corporation’ - otherwise known as Financial Districts/The City/Central Business District’s/Downtowns - is the theme of this year’s festival. Between 21st-24,th 2010, This Is Not A Gateway (TINAG) will consider the following:

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’…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? (see the festival statement for full details)

Critical Practice is a cluster of artists, researchers and academics hosted by Chelsea College of Art and Design, a constituent college of the University of the Arts London. We have a longstanding interest in art, public goods, spaces, services and knowledge, and a track record of producing original, participatory events. Visit our wiki at for more info.

email criticalpracticeinfo[at] with questions.

Stuff to Bring:

  • projector
  • mac
  • dongle
  • extension cables
  • flip chart for drawing
  • markers
  • sound stuff
  • tea trolley (?)
  • terms of engagement

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