This is our new wiki!
We are slowly migrating content from our old site.
The old site is archived here.
You can access the old Index of pages.
For digital copy of our inaugural publication download a pdf, for a hard copy send a request to the mailing list.
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Critical Practice is a cluster of artists, researchers, academics and others, supported by Chelsea College of Art & Design, London. Through our Aims we intend to support critical practice within art, the field of culture and organization.
We use three means for communication and discussion: in person meetings (details of forthcoming dates above); this wiki (log-in to contribute) and e-mail exchange (sign-up to our mailing list
So what do we mean by ‘critical practice’ – the concept that gives us our name?
On the one hand, we could say that ‘critical practice’ emerges through what we do; the processes and projects that we undertake. For details of projects, see right-hand menu. (And aspects of our ‘processes’ * become * a project, for Critical Practice – more below.) This definition draws attention to the fact that practice, as opposed to ‘theory’ – the practise of practice – is key for us, and that a sense of what we are emerges through the unpredictabilities of ‘doing’.
On the other hand, it would be difficult, if not impossible, to practise as a collective of individuals without some shared ideas – ideals, indeed. Ideas and ideals that help us to define our common and divergent concerns, and hence a sense of what we want to do. So, to the first term in our title: ‘critical’. And while it’s true that we’re committed to ‘criticality’ as ‘reflexive practice’ - a form of self-scrutiny designed to avoid the danger of unwittingly reproducing cultural practices, this is only purposeful when it’s identified with specified goals, or values; the values that inform a critique. After much discussion, many meetings, and several workshops, we wrote a set of Aims and Objectives which articulate our core concerns and values, not forgetting that of course they can change in the light of practice and by virtue of our shifting membership (the fact of the latter is the reason we prefer the term ‘cluster’ to the term ‘group’, a consequence of our commitment to the ideal of ‘openness’).
As noted above, ‘process’, especially as it concerns the medium, or mediation of ‘organisation’ is key for our own activities – hence the Self Organisation, Self Representation and Housekeeping pages on this wiki; the latter has links to an archive of our Agendas and Minutes, among much else. We recognise that the organisation of art, culture and other disciplines may be as much the focus of our attention as the objects whose production organisation assists, precisely as this ‘organisation’ is imagined to be neutral, which masks the way it plays a part in the making process.
We hope this introduction, and its link-pages are useful. If you have any comments or queries please mail: xxxxx – or even, better, post to this wiki!