Auto Italia, London, 25 March 2015 — 23 February 2016
Marleen Boschen, Kate Cooper, Theo Cook and Marianne Forrest
On Coping, 2015. Courtesy of the artists.

No matter how much you want to panic, remember that your creative power is magic. Brands, like everything else, are perishable and now is the time to smuggle images. Place more trust in prophecies and take time to find your inner city, your own private estate.

Beware of exterior energies and their agendas – take their resources and technology rather than their logos. Believe in your abilities. You only have a brief time in the sun. Use this to your advantage.

A new creative order. A redefined cultural economy. A city in the grip of emerging markets.

You are heralding this new era; it is dense and high-rise. Think of this as a hint of a much larger agenda, one that you cannot resist or escape. Maybe now it’s time to disguise your capital and take a moment to remember the importance of owning your position.

As a consumer, you can flaunt your good taste without having to physically buy; becoming lifestyle-rich might be just enough. Enough for what, though? Amid aggressive redevelopment programs, the spaces for autonomous production are shifting and adapting.

Trust, working, believing – full work, full time, full creativity, full self.

On coping.

On Coping was a programme of work by Auto Italia initiated as a space for thinking through strategies available to artists within increasingly difficult economic working conditions. This manifested through exhibition making, performance and image production and was produced collaboratively with a network of artists working across cultural contexts in the UK and internationally. In working together, the project sought to uncover alternative tools and new cooperative models for artists facing aggressive urban development, transforming cultural economies and rapid gentrification.

On Coping: LAB – An Exhibition in Three Parts
15 Mar 2015

LAB brings together three independent artist-run spaces from the UK to take over Ithuba Arts acting as a hub for collaboration.

On Coping: A Reading for Nottingham
25 Mar 2015, 18:30 — 20:30

Join Auto Italia and Primary for a performative discussion as part of the Paravent series, looking at what gentrification schemes mean for creative production in the city.

On Coping: HPSCHD 1969>2015
21 Apr 2015, 21:00 — 21:00

A new group presentation curated by Xing organised as part of Live Arts Week at the Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, Italy.

On Coping: A Reading for Copenhagen
12 Sep 2015, 12:00 — 18:00

Using methods such as prophecies, tarot, empathy and speculation we will discuss different perspectives on what ‘coping’ might mean in Copenhagen.

New Group Materialism
12 Oct 2015 — 08 Nov 2015

An online exhibition at Tank.Tv which brings together projects exploring corporate and mass media identity, language and aesthetics.

On Coping: Shapeshifting
23 Feb 2016, 19:00 — 20:00

A presentation and discussion with London art space Jupiter Woods exploring grassroots support systems, artist-led organising and urban planning.


On Coping: A Reading for Anybody

Eastside Projects

On Coping: Production Show