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co-ordinators:Isobel Bowditch and Trevor Giles
working group: Neil Cummings, Cinzia Cremona, Alexander Page, Mary Anne Francis, Joe Balfour, Marsha Bradfield Robert Dingle and Tom Trevatt, Mike Knowlden, Federico.

'...a Congress on methods of engagement with European affairs and the construction of a pan-European cultural avant-garde.'

Critical Practice will host How to Make Europe Dream? A Cultural Congress as part of this year's London Festival of Europe.

Here is the programme of the festival so far. The website for last years festival is available here.


As well as hosting the Congress, we are working on a Market of Ideas.

A list of market stalls is evolving here

Please find proposals for stalls here

Here is our promotional FoE flyer

CP contribution to Congress

Bernard Stiegler, 6th March 2008

Bernard Stiegler will present the opening lecture – Towards a European Way of Life
6.30 - 9pm, 6th March, Chelsea College of Art & Design in the lecture theatre.

Critical Practice are hosting the Bernard Stiegler talk. The organisers are keen to have dialogue with art practitioners as well as those from philosophy. Stiegler is one of the interviewees in the film The Ister which was screened at the first Thinking Through Practice event. A copy is in Chelsea library. In this he speaks eloquently about his thinking around the question of technology in Heidegger

Niccolo Milanese will host/chair the talk.

Stiegler link:
Ars Industrialis. Some of it is in English and some in French (articles and so on).


How to Make Europe Dream? A Cultural Congress, 15th and 16th March 2008

12.30 - 7pm, The Banquet Hall and the Red Room, Chelsea College of Art & Design, London.

London is potentially a heart for a European cultural avant-garde. It is one of the most culturally active and cosmopolitan places in Europe.
Yet it is also the capital of what is often portrayed as being one of the most Euro-sceptic of nations.
As part of the London Festival of Europe 2008, European Alternatives will invite the most innovative of young European cultural organisations, artists and writers to London for a Congress on the future of artistic culture in Europe. The Congress will provide an opportunity for organisations and individuals with artistic and political backgrounds to exchange outlooks and pose the question of the relationship of politics and the arts in Europe.

The Congress will be composed of four roundtables and two public evenings over two days. See programme.


What's Cultural About Economics?, 16th March

4pm – 6pm, The Banquet Hall and the Red Room, Chelsea College of Art & Design, London.


Markets are good at convening and distributing resources. Based on the model of the ancient bazaar, Critical Practice will organise a Market of Ideas in which 'stalls' organised by artists, anthropologists, economists and others will exchange their knowledge with the milling crowd.
After a brief introduction constituents of the workshop are free to circulate and engage with the stalls that interest them. Think flea market meets trade fair. The emphasis is on knowledge exchange. We hope to have some interesting discussions. We will not seek a central debate but rather foster post-market conversation.

A list of stalls is evolving here

Over the weekend around 80 people will be seeking food and refreshment. Meeting those needs may be too much to ask but we might compile a map and list of places to go.


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Organizational meetings

Next meeting:
Monday 3rd March 4.30pm
Royal Festival Hall Foyer, London

Previous Meetings:
Monday 25th Feb

18th February 2008
11th February 2008
30th January 2008 and
21st January 2008.

Here is our Market Flyer

Our evolving FoE flyer