The Royal Standard, Liverpool, 02 August 2015
Ruth Angel Edwards, Marleen Boschen, CUSS Group, Billy Howard Price, Louisa Martin, Charles Pryor, Emily Pope, Jaakko Pallasvuo and Erica Scourti
Auto Italia, 'On Coping', Marleen Boschen, Kate Cooper, Marianne Forrest. Photography and CGI: Theo Cook, 2016.

Liverpool, 2015. The time is ripe for sabotage and refusal. A city that professionally doubles for New York and Chicago, selling an American dream for celluloid; a tried and tested exercise in being just convincing enough. Use this slippage, and learn from this masquerade. As social structures begin to crumble, what are your tactics? What will you become next – the hermit or the magician?  With the card of Judgement, landing reversed, you can return at last to Justice, who presided over the site of your specific goal with a certain, boring mystery. Judgement sits askew in the place of The Questioner, that is you, and suggests that judgement and the fear of it, is simply not your bag. You yearn, perhaps, to get beyond value, and value judgements. The Sun announces in his bald way that this is eminently possible, and the climate positive for your intent.

On Coping: A Reading for Liverpool is a project by Auto Italia in collaboration with Lauren Barnes and The Royal Standard, bringing together artists from around the world to create a shared space for exchange and support. Part residency, part research, and part public programme – the project takes its starting point from the emotional alliances and collective strategies that enable our artistic work to take place in the face of increasingly unforgiving social and economic pressures.

It’s time to work together and find new strategies. What can we learn through empathy, prophecies, tarot and speculation? What systems are available to us to hijack and redirect value? As the elite closes in, let’s create our own spaces for autonomy and creative production. From 17-19 July, collaborating artists shared ideas and proposals through workshops, performances, discussion groups, works in progress and more, alongside a display of installed work until 2 August.

Hobby Point
17 Jul 2015, 14:30 — 17:30

Jaakko Pallasvuo hosts a workshop exploring the ways in which the professionalisation of hobbies into professional practice can be uncomfortable.

Sister
17 Jul 2015 — 19 Jul 2015

Louisa Martin present Sisters, a workshop providing individual personalised readings of current pressures, absences, and loopholes.

Got 2 B…
17 Jul 2015 — 19 Jul 2015

A special edition of the Got 2 B monthly Resonance FM radio show responding to On Coping: A Reading for Liverpool.

when everything’s clean, we can start again
18 Jul 2015,

Delete, restart, regret, change, fight, feel, hope: in this workshop of clearing, sharing and reflecting on how to care for ourselves and others.

Open Forum
02 Aug 2015,

Join us for a closing event led by Lauren Barnes and Lotte Johnson to discuss the conditions of being an artist in the city.

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Sleek Likes: Auto Italia's Creative Order in Liverpool