Don’t just Do It Yourself (DIY) Do It With Others (DIWO) – London, 7 October 2007, 12-6pm



Don’t just Do It Yourself (DIY) Do It With Others (DIWO), is Furtherfield’s second venture on the theme of DIWO. If you are interested in contemporary shifts in regard to curators, artists and organisations exploring activities and theories around co-curation, collaboration, co-production as a creative behaviour and practice. Then contact us as soon as possible, because we only have a few spaces left for the networking event.

Please RSVP.
To find out more and book your place please email Lauren Wright.
lauren [at] furtherfield.org

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Don’t just Do It Yourself (DIY) Do It With Others (DIWO)
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www.furtherfield.org/diwo_networking.php

HTTP Gallery, Sunday 7th October, 12-6pm
Unit A2 Arena Design Centre, 71 Ashfield Road, N4 1NY

A networking day all about how artists work collaboratively with each other and audiences in the co-production of artworks or events as a central part of their practice. The event is open to artists, curators, musicians, writers, programmers, activists; thinkers and doers of all kinds.

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What Will Happen?
The event kicks off with presentations by artists Saul Albert, Ele Carpenter, Adnan Hadzi, Emily Druiff and Lottie Childs, who work with different models of participation and engagement. Discussion and debate will be encouraged in response to each presentation. After refreshments follows an audiovisual performance by Chinese digital artists 8GG, ‘the air been broken’, a new commission by Folly. For the rest of the afternoon visitors are asked to show-and-tell each other what they do. All visitors are asked to bring some representation of their own projects to promote and to share with other potential collaborators. These can take the form of drawings on paper, objects, a digital artefacts, a scientific prototype- whatever it takes. We will round off the event with an ‘open mike’ session of quickfire presentations; any visitor can present their own or other’s work, offer their services and skills to another project or make a request for help with completing their own project.

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Because of limited space we can only accommodate 40 visitors for this event. Please book your place by emailing Lauren – lauren [at] furtherfield.org– first come, first served. Projectors and wireless access to the Internet will be provided, please let us know if you have any other special requirements please contact us.

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When and where?

Sunday 7th October 2007, 12-6pm

HTTP Gallery
Unit A2 Arena Design Centre,
71 Ashfield Road, N4 1NY
Tel +44 20 8802 2827
Parking Facilities available also.

For maps and information about getting to HTTP
www.http.uk.net/docs/gettingto.shtml


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More about the presentations and performance

Who Wants To Be?:
Saul Albert from The People Speak presents ‘Who Wants To Be?’ The game show where the crowd has all the answers, makes up the questions and sets the rules. On the 9th October ‘The People Speak’ a London based art collective are to conduct a radical experiment in live entertainment. ‘Who Wants to Be?’ mixes democratic decision-making, interactive animation and improvisation into a dangerously spontaneous game show. Using a computer vision voting system designed for use by hoards of rowdy people, the audience at the Albany Theatre in Deptford will be asked to decide how to spend a £1000 cash pot: the entire box office
takings! whowantstobe.co.uk/

Open Source Embroidery:
Ele Carpenter presents Open Source Embroidery and the HTML Patchwork. Bringing together programming for embroidery and computing this project takes as its basis the common characteristics of needlework crafts and open source computer programming: gendered obsessive attention to detail; shared social process of development; and a transparency of process and product. Open Source Embroidery is a socially engaged art project developed through workshops and an email list: There are also groups on Facebook and Flickr. The same arguments about Open Source vs Free Software can be applied to embroidery. The needlework crafts also have to negotiate the principles of ‘freedom’ to create, modify and distribute, within the cultural and economic constraints of capitalism. The Open Source Embroidery project simply attempts to provide a social and practical way of discussing the issues and trying out the practice. open-source-embroidery.org.uk/

Deptford.TV:
Adnan Hadzi presents Deptford.TV, an audio-visual documentation of the regeneration process of the Deptford area. Since September 2005 Deptford.TV started assembling AV material around the regeneration process of the Deptford area, asking community members, video artist, film-makers, visual artists and students to contribute statements, feedbacks, critiques of the regeneration process of Deptford. This rough material as well as edited media content is made available on the Deptford.TV database and distributed over the boundless.coop wireless network with an open content license such as the creative commons and the gnu general public license. Deptford.TV is in collaboration with SPC.org media lab, Bitnik.org, the Boundless.coop, Liquid Culture and Goldsmiths College.

Street Training – City of Respect:
Emily Druiff and Lottie Childs present Street Training – City of Respect: a project in cooperation with KunstRaum Goethestrasse and Aileen Derieg that explores uses of public space of Neustadtviertel in Linz through a series of workshops, discussions and events. This research built a laboratory environment in May/June and culminated in a Night Walk and a Day of Doing Nothing in September 2007 as part of the Ars Electronica Festival. streettraining.blogspot.com/

The air been broken:
8gg use digital techniques to “create an open and mobile space infused with visual and audio elements”. Within this digitised space they interact with their surroundings to create new images and sounds via movement and expressions. They subsequently feed off these computerised reactions and a cycle is formed that creates an ever-changing and increasingly entwined audio visual performance. Inspired by human anatomy, movement and above all collaboration, the duo believe that a sense of joy in creating such works is paramount at all times. the air been broken performance is associated with the V.I.P. Room project by 8gg. part of the exhibition Outside the Box at Cornerhouse, Manchester from 14th September – 11th November 2007. Commissioned by folly, these two projects form the Manchester based elements of the VELOCITY Festival of Digital Culture taking place in and around the Morecambe Bay area from the 11th October to the 3rd November 2007. the air been broken will also be performed at Urban Screens Manchester 07 at 12 noon on the 13th October 2007. www.8gg.com

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Schedule

12- 12.30 – Meet-up
Arrive, meet and chat over refreshments.

12.30 – 2.30 – Presentations.

Presentations and discussion of projects by artists who work with different models of participation and collaborative engagement.

Saul Albert – Who Wants to Be? by The People Speak:
The direct democracy game show where the crowd has all the answers, makes up the questions and sets the rules.
whowantstobe.co.uk/

Ele Carpenter – Open Source Embroidery:
Bringing together programming for embroidery and computing: gendered obsessive attention to detail; shared social process of development; and a transparency of process and product.
open-source-embroidery.org.uk/

Adnan Hadzi – Deptford TV:
Documenting the regeneration process of the Deptford area, assembling AV material by community members, video artist, film-makers, visual artists and students to contribute statements, feedback and critiques of the process.
www.deptford.tv/

Emily Druiff and Lottie Childs – Street Training – City of Respect:
A collective approach to making an exhibition that brings together diverse interested people within a support structure to make video, sound, writing, dance and creative ways of being in the city.
streettraining.blogspot.com/

2.30- 3.00 Refreshments

3.00- 3.30 8GG – the air been broken
A new digital audiovisual performance commissioned by Folly
www.folly.co.uk/?q=urbanscreens

3.30- 5.00 Refreshments and informal ‘many to many’ show and tell
All guests are invited to share their work and ideas with each other using HTTP/Furtherfield resources: projectors, computers, walls, tables and outdoors spaces.

5.00- 6.00 Open mike session – Final ‘one to many’ presentations
Guests sign up for 5 minute spots to present their own or others’ work or to offer/request collaboration.

6.00 Round up, end, thank yous and good-byes