Thursday, 3 April 2008
Wednesday, 26 March 2008
Saturday, 15 March 2008
Friday, 14 March 2008
This clip documents an activity in which visitors to BEAT ATTACK THWACK! arrange themselves in hierarchical order based on the threat posed by their art bats.
Video caption: BEAT ATTACK THWACK! by Daniel Simpkins and Penny Whitehead
Or if each viewer owned a different breed of dog that posed a varying degree of threat to others?...
Monday, 10 March 2008
The talk consists of the first episode of the 1970's sitcom The Good Life. The ethics and values found within a do it yourself self sufficient lifestyle has many similar lines and points with that of Black Dogs method of working practice. Over the film Black Dogs provides a narrative, almost manifesto, on art production outside of consumerist modes of reception.
Film to follow.
The Art Bat exhibition is now well under way with the opening event a great success and the first two of the talks having taken place and generating interesting and engaged debate.
Daniel Simpkins and Penny Whithead's talk 'BEAT ATTACK THWACK' explored the inherent hierarchies involved in art production and the art world, using the 1970's film The Warriors and art bat diagrams to expound these ideas. The talk culminated in a exercise where the audience were taken outside and invited to line up in relevance of size of their respective art bats. Expecting fierce debate and discussion, the Simpkins and Whitehead were instead confronted with a passive and uncomfortably polite affair, each participant reluctant to place themselves higher or lower than their neighbour.
Friday, 29 February 2008
Wednesday, 20 February 2008
Blind Monks Examining an Elephant, Hanabusa Itcho, 1888.
Differences in perception are explored by the story of the blind men, or men in the dark, exploring an elephant and then sharing their impressions.
Friday, 15 February 2008
Tensions between object and process in socially engaged new media art.
somewhere between bric a brac, and the fact that it's the thing in the room that no-one talks about because they don't know what i actually 'do'.
At the moment I'm writing about art which is not embodied through an object, and the problems with that. Objects are so much more resolved than processes. Although not always so much fun.
We instead begin to see that there are many forms of bat, that they play many functions within the strategies and tactics of a range of different games, and that they have fans and as well as opposing supporters.
We will talk about difference in the artworld using amongst other things Habermas’s theory of the public sphere, the debased public sphere and counter public spheres.
Hewitt and Jordan.
Saturday, 9 February 2008
We are very excited by the series of talks and again these will be pivotal in adding new chapters to the project offering some thoughts for reflection. We will be at Access Space throughout the month for around 2 days a week and we will put the times and dates up on here.
Horatio Eastwood and Terry Slater
No Fixed Abode
Friday, 8 February 2008
Thursday, 31 January 2008
friday 29th febuary 18:00-20:00
meet + talk to No Fixed Abode and drink booze.
Saturday 1st March 14:00
Daniel Simpkins and Penny Whitehead present ‘Beat Attack Thwack; an exploration of the power structures underpinning contemporary artistic practice.’ Visitors are invited to bring a bat representing an artist of their choice.
Saturday 8th March 14:00
Black Dogs present ‘The Good Life; a presentation on the implications of diy, punk and self organisation in art.’
Saturday 15th March 14:00
Ele Carpenter presents ‘The Elephant in the Room: Tensions between object and process in socially engaged new media art’
Saturday 29th March 14:00
Andy Hewitt and Mel Jordan (Freee art collective) present ‘How to Bat; How the artists’ bat enables one to question the popular misconception of art being a universal or disinterested field of practice.’
Friday 4th April