11th Jul. 2014



Please join us for this public event with artist Nils Norman and writer Anna Minton. Following on a series of discussions around the politics of culture-led regeneration and the mobilisation of creativity in new urban design, this talk will examine the flipside of these trends, where design is integrated into systems of control and policing. Making reference to recent research and writing, the speakers will focus on the privatised landscapes of urban space in London and the UK.

This event forms part of a season organised by Art/Work Association under the title The Real Estate Show: Seminars in Art and Urban Development.

Anna Minton is a writer and journalist living in London whose work focuses on the economics and politics of urban space. She appears regularly in the media and public events, speaking to a wide range of audiences, from art biennials to policemen. Her first book is entitled Ground Control: Fear and Happiness in the Twenty-First Century City.

Nils Norman is an artist living in London, whose work spans public art, architecture, and urban planning. He is a Professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, where he leads the School of Walls and Space. Recent exhibitions include Future Perfect, Bristol; Edible Park, Stroom Den Haag; and Dave Hullfish Bailey and Nils Norman: Surrounded by Squares, Raven Row, London.


The event is free to attend but booking is essential.


Looking Back: Julia Tcharfas' RWBA Online Residency

9th Jul. 2014


Ending with a month of contributions from artist Julia Tcharfas the last of the RWBA Blog residencies has now finished.

Within her online residency Julia continued her research into group working experiences looking at the proliferation and significance of psychoanalytic research in Experiences in Groups - by W.R. Bion, which had also been the basis for the RWBA reading group. Using the blog as an alternative method to distribute research, Julia included an image essay - Working Group – and continued with accounts of twentieth century psychological experiments within the aeronautical industry into the working relationships between cosmonauts – including a translation of A Year Inside A Spaceship On Earth by Andrew Bozshko.

The RWBA Blog facilitated a space to continue conversations and ideas developed during Recent Work by Artists, providing a platform to develop ideas on creative labour, group practices, work space design and the convergence of production and consumption. The platform also allowed contributors Rachel PimmTim IvisonGeorge Moutakas and Julia Tcharfas to develop more specialised areas of study through alternative research practices.

All of the residencies are archived and available to view here.


Auto Italia in Mousse and Post Matter!

7th Jul. 2014

We’d like to share two recently published articles with you, From Performance To Post-Performance, a conversation between Catherine Wood, Marie De Brugerolle and Marie Canet in Mousse (Summer 2014) and an interview with Auto Italia on PostMatter. Both discuss how artists are adapting and responding to alternative and increasingly austere production landscapes. The texts consider the formal and conceptual adaptations of artistic production within a selection of Auto Italia’s projects – as commercial and independent creative industries become increasingly embedded.

In Billy Howard Price’s Post Matter interview with Auto Italia we discuss the value and status of creative production, considering how the surface of certain aesthetics appear to denote specific critical positions. However, what’s required is a greater understanding of the wider environment of commercial cultural production that artists often use to survive.

Within From Performance To Post-Performance, Wood discusses My Skin Is At War With A World Of Data (2012, with Jess Wiesner and Andrew Kerton) noting the performative status of the work through its aesthetics that draw from a sexualized mediatisation of the notion of performance. Going further, Wood asks how we may now understand the terminology and context of performative practices as the term becomes increasingly associated with commercial industry.

You can read the Mousse text by clicking on the image below.

Mousse image 2

A Horn Of Plenty At The All You Can Eat Buffet Of Nothing

25th Jun. 2014

A Horn Of Plenty At The All You Can Eat Buffet Of Nothing: Saturday 28th June, 7-9pm with performances from 7:30pm

As part of Golden Age Problems



If you joined us last Saturday, you would have seen a teaser for a performance that will take place this Saturday 28 June 2014, 7.30pm.

You also might have also picked up a press release that says:

In his essay on musicals “Entertainment And Utopia” the theorist Richard Dyer claims that entertainment does not “present models of utopian worlds, as in the classic utopias of Sir Thomas More, William Morris, et al. Rather the utopianism is contained in the feelings it embodies. It presents, head on as it were, what utopia would feel like rather than how it would be organised.”

It continues:

The narratives that mass media entertainment produce run deep through our lives and cannot be escaped  entertainment is a headspace where the dynamics of desire, seduction, power and control take place and increasingly make meaning of our world.

The event this coming Saturday is called: “A Horn Of Plenty At The All You Can Eat Buffet Of Nothing” which maybe sounds negative – but don’t worry – it’s actually positive: we’re going to bring a horn of plenty to fill up that empty buffet.

The event will feature live performances and interventions from Leni Cedric, Benedict Drew, Mette Hammer Juhl + Loenzo Tebano, Pablo Navarro MacLochlainn and Plastique Fantastique.

The event is free to attend.

Golden Age Problems is a project by Auto Italia and Nathaniel Budzinski featuring Oreet Ashery, Marleen Boschen, Olivier Castel, Leni Cedric, Benedict Drew, Marianne Forrest, Mette Hammer Juhl + Lorenzo Tebano, Pablo Navarro MacLochlainn, Terence McCormack, Plastique Fantastique, Richard Thomas.

Special thanks to: Eli Cantrill, Joshua Howell, Faun Nash, George Nicolaides, Joshua Parker, Charles Pryor, Dominique Russell and Jacob Watmore.

Image © Auto Italia

opti-ME* reviewed in Art Monthly

25th Jun. 2014

We’re excited to share a review of opti-ME* and Banner Repeater’s Snow Crash, published in the current issue of ArtMonthly (June 2014), that considers the performative subjectivities realised in both projects.

In Chris Fite-Wassilak’s review he notes Auto Italia’s decisive approach in developing productive possibilities through an active co-opting of oneself into an incipient digital and networked world. To achieve this, Fite-Wassilak comments on opti-ME*’s staging of ‘intensified self-commodification’ in an imagined future defined solely by an economy of fame. Continuing, Fite-Wassilik considers how the sheen of these future practices reverberated throughout the project through the consistent rehearsal of time based performances.

You can read the article by clicking the image below.