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Why are flowers beautiful?

Bees in the Old Tidemill Wildlife Garden. Photo Sophia Kosmaoglou.
Bees in the Old Tidemill Wildlife Garden, Deptford.
Jamaican Independence Day, Old Tidemill Wildlife Garden Aug 2018. Photo Sophia Kosmaoglou.
Jamaican Independence Day, Old Tidemill Wildlife Garden, Aug 2018.
Peruvian Benefit Party, Old Tidemill Wildlife Garden May 2018. Photo Sophia Kosmaoglou.
Peruvian Benefit Party, Old Tidemill Wildlife Garden, May 2018.

Hope you had a chance to enjoy the sun and recharge your batteries over the summer! We have an exciting season of events ahead with many opportunities to get involved and help build a self-organised alternative art school.

Today Monday, 3 September is the last chance to apply for the Critical Theory in Contemporary Art Practice Bursary for a free place on the course. Please download the application form and return it by midnight tonight.

Our first event of the season is the book club on 14 September with a discussion on David Deutsch’s video lecture Why are flowers beautiful? facilitated by John Fortnum.

Join us on Saturday, 29 September for the second installment of the Deptford Art & Gentrification Walk. Meet at 1pm inside Deptford Railway Station for an afternoon of discussions on the relationship between art and gentrification.

On 26 October 2018 we have a general meeting to discuss the future of the book club and nominate a new coordinator. Please come along if you’d like to help run the book club, decide how it works and keep it going. We will also be discussing a new research and reading group on radical pedagogy, alternative art education and self-organisation leading to the launch of a self-organised studio programme in 2019.

If you were subscribed to the symposium discussion list and have been removed due to the new GBPR policies please get in touch to rejoin the list.

We’re helping to raise money for a legal challenge of Lewisham Council’s decision to demolish the community-run Old Tidemill Wildlife Garden and the council homes of Reginald House as part of a regeneration scheme of the Old Tidemill site in Deptford. Please donate so we can Save Tidemill, Save Reginald! or come along and get involved in the campaign.

[ART&CRITIQUE] BURSARY
Critical Theory in Contemporary Art Practice Bursary

DEADLINE Monday, 3 September 2018
Deptford Lounge, 9 Giffin Street, London SE8 4RJ
Tutor Sophia Kosmaoglou
Please click the link for more info

Robert Mapplethorpe, Sepia Orchid_thumb[SYMPOSIUM] BOOK CLUB
Deutsch: Why are flowers beautiful?
Friday, 14 September 2018, 18:30–21:00
LARC, 62 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1ES
Facilitated by John Fortnum
Suggested donation £2, booking via Eventbrite

[ARTCRAWL] #15 Deptford[ART&CRITIQUE] ART CRAWL
Deptford Art & Gentrification Walk Pt. 2
Saturday, 29 September 2018, 13:00 -18:00
Meet 1pm inside Deptford Railway Station, London SE8 3NU
Curated by Sophia Kosmaoglou and Paul Clayton
All welcome, booking not required

Patrick Mimran [2004] Billboard Project, New York. Photo Sophia Kosmaoglou. Critical Theory in Contemporary Art Practice [ART&CRITIQUE] COURSE[ART&CRITIQUE] COURSE
Critical Theory in Contemporary Art Practice
8 Oct–3 Dec 2018, 6:30pm-9pm & 27 Oct 2:30pm-5pm
Deptford Lounge, 9 Giffin Street, London SE8 4RJ
Tutor Sophia Kosmaoglou
Booking via Eventbrite

Chartist Meeting on Kennington Common, 10 April 1848. Photo by William Kilburn.[ART&CRITIQUE] MEETING
General Meeting
26 October 2018, 18:30-20:30
LARC, 62 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1ES
Closest stations: Whitechapel / Aldgate East
All welcome

IMAGE CREDITS Nicolas Copernicus (1543) Heliocentrism. De revolutionibus Orbium coelestium, libri IV. Philip Guston [1973] Painting, Smoking, Eating. Oil on canvas, 196.8 x 262.9 cm.[OPPORTUNITIES & ANNOUNCEMENTS]
September 2018
The list of opportunities, open calls, deadlines, announcements & vacancies is updated regularly.
If you would like to post your listing for open calls, opportunities or vacancies on the list please use the contact form to send us the details.

IMAGE CREDITS
Old Tidemill Wildlife Garden, Deptford. Photos by Sophia Kosmaoglou.
Patrick Mimran [2004] Billboard Project, New York. Photo by Sophia Kosmaoglou.
Robert Mapplethorpe [1988] Sepia Orchid from the series Flowers. Toned photogravure, 50 x 51 cm.
Stanford’s Library Map of London & its Suburbs 1864, showing proposed Metropolitan Railways (detail).
Chartist Meeting on Kennington Common, 10 April 1848. Photo by William Kilburn.
Philip Guston [1973] Painting, Smoking, Eating. Oil on canvas, 196.8 x 262.9 cm.

Structure & Deconstruction

Nicolas Copernicus [1543] Heliocentrism. De revolutionibus Orbium coelestium, libri IV (Revolutions of the heavenly orbs). Nuremberg.
Nicolas Copernicus [1543] Heliocentrism. De revolutionibus Orbium coelestium, libri IV (Revolutions of the heavenly orbs). Nuremberg.
Thanks to everyone who came along to the first in the series of book clubs on Mark Fisher’s Capitalist Realism. It was a real pleasure to meet so many people with diverse perspectives and common interests. We will continue with chapters 4 & 5 in May 2018.

In April we’re discussing Structure, sign and play in the discourse of the human sciences, Jacques Derrida’s inaugural paper on deconstruction presented at Johns Hopkins University in 1966. If you would like to propose a text and facilitate the book club please visit the website for more info and to download the infosheet.

Our first independent Critical Theory in Contemporary Art Practice course is fully booked but we’re organising another edition of the course on the basis of a labour exchange, giving those who cannot afford the fees the opportunity to participate. This will also be a great opportunity for those who are interested in working together to develop an alternative model of free and sustainable education. For more information, to join the team and get involved please visit the proposal page on Openki.net.

Nicolas Copernicus (1543) Heliocentrism. De revolutionibus Orbium coelestium, libri IV (Revolutions of the heavenly orbs). Nuremberg.[SYMPOSIUM] BOOK CLUB
Derrida: Structure, Sign and Play
Friday, 13 April 2018, 6:30pm–9pm
LARC, 62 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1ES
Facilitated by Sophia Kosmaoglou
Suggested donation £2, booking via Eventbrite

IMAGE CREDITS Nicolas Copernicus (1543) Heliocentrism. De revolutionibus Orbium coelestium, libri IV. Philip Guston [1973] Painting, Smoking, Eating. Oil on canvas, 196.8 x 262.9 cm.[OPPORTUNITIES & ANNOUNCEMENTS]
April 2018
The list of opportunities, open calls, deadlines, announcements & vacancies is updated regularly.
If you would like to post your listing for open calls, opportunities or vacancies on the list please use the contact form to send us the details.

IMAGE CREDITS
Nicolas Copernicus (1543) Heliocentrism. De revolutionibus Orbium coelestium, libri IV.
Philip Guston [1973] Painting, Smoking, Eating. Oil on canvas, 196.8 x 262.9 cm.

Commitment / Autonomy

BOOKCLUB#20 Foucault: Of Other Spaces on Unison moored in Limehouse, 15 Oct 2017. Photo by Maria Christoforatou.
BOOKCLUB#20 Foucault: Of Other Spaces on Unison moored in Limehouse, 15 Oct 2017. Photo by Maria Christoforatou.

Many thanks to everyone who joined the October book club on Foucault’s Of Other Spaces. A special thanks to Dasha Loyko for facilitating this excellent discussion and to Anastasia Freygang for hosting us on Unison.

On Friday, 10 November we’re reading Theodor Adorno’s essay Commitment and discussing the autonomy of art with Nat Pimlott at LARC. Doors open at 6:30pm for tea on the ground floor, the book club will begin at 7pm on the top floor.

Booking is not required but please arrive early, doors will close when the book club starts or if we reach maximum capacity. When you arrive please ring the bell located to the left of the entrance. For more information and to download the text please visit the website.

See you there!

[SYMPOSIUM] #21 Adorno Commitment. Flyer by Nat Pimlott.[SYMPOSIUM] BOOK CLUB
Adorno: Commitment
Friday, 10 November 2017, 6:30pm-9pm
LARC, 62 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1ES
Facilitated by Nat Pimlott
Suggested donation £2

Patrick Mimran [2004] Billboard Project, New York. Photo Sophia Kosmaoglou.[ART&CRITIQUE] COURSE
Critical Theory in Contemporary Art Practice
11—15 December 2017, 10am—4pm
Chelsea College of Arts UAL 16 John Islip Street London SW1P 4JU
Tutor Sophia Kosmaoglou
Booking via UAL

Daniel Clowes [1991] End. Art School Confidential.[OPPORTUNITIES & ANNOUNCEMENTS]
NOVEMBER 2017
The list of opportunities, open calls, deadlines, announcements & vacancies is updated regularly.
If you would like to post your listing for open calls, opportunities or vacancies on the list please use the contact form to send us the details.

IMAGE CREDITS
[SYMPOSIUM] #21 Adorno: Commitment. Flyer by Nat Pimlott.
Daniel Clowes [1991] Art School Confidential. Eightball #7, Nov 1991.

Rhizome Fever

Our only event this month Deleuze & Guattari: Rhizome has generated a lot of interest. The event is fully booked and the waiting-list is closed. You are always welcome to make a proposal and chair the reading group on a text of your choice. We will support you through the entire process. Please visit the event page for more information and come to one of our events, to meet people and get a sense of how it works. The structure is simple and flexible. Alternatively, you can start your own reading group!

The [BOOKCLUB] is back again on Friday, 21 April with a discussion of Specific Objects, a 1965 essay by Donald Judd. This discussion will be chaired by Richard Burger.

Sylvano Bussoti [1980] XIV piano piece for David Tudor 4. In A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia. New York: Continuum, p.3.[SYMPOSIUM] BOOK CLUB
Deleuze & Guattari: Rhizome
Friday, 10 March 2017, 18:00 – 20:30
88 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1DH
Chaired by Katie Tysoe and Sophia Kosmaoglou
Free, fully booked

Claes Oldenburg [1964] Soft Light Switches. Vinyl filled with Dacron and canvas, 119.4 x 119.4 x 9.1 cm.[SYMPOSIUM] BOOK CLUB
Judd: Specific Objects
Friday, 21 April 2017, 18:00 – 20:30
88 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1DH
Chaired by Richard Burger
Free, please book your place

Ward Shelley [2008] Who Invented the Avant Garde, ver. 2. Oil and toner on mylar, 28.5 x 62.5 inches.[ART&CRITIQUE] COURSE
Critical Theory in Contemporary Art Practice
Thursdays, 20 April – 22 June 2017, 18:00 – 20:30
Chelsea College of Art UAL, 16 John Islip Street, London SW1P 4JU
Tutor Sophia Kosmaoglou
Please see the course page for fees & booking info

IMAGE CREDITS
Sylvano Bussoti [1980] XIV piano piece for David Tudor 4. In A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism & Schizophrenia. New York: Continuum, p.3.
Claes Oldenburg [1964] Soft Light Switches. Vinyl filled with Dacron and canvas, 119.4 x 119.4 x 9.1 cm.
Ward Shelley [2008] Who Invented the Avant Garde, ver. 2. Oil and toner on mylar, 28.5 x 62.5 inches.

[CRITICALSTUDIES] BIBLIOGRAPHY

This list provides a comprehensive bibliography for the Critical Theory in Contemporary Art Practice lecture and seminar series. You can use it as a further reading list or to locate references that are not in the handouts. Please click the headings for a drop-down list. Continue reading [CRITICALSTUDIES] BIBLIOGRAPHY

Critical Theory in Contemporary Art Practice

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Course Outline | Course Dates | Tutor | Reviews | Bibliography | Resources
Course Description

This course maps the theories and discourses that inform the production and reception of contemporary art, providing a supportive environment to develop your practice and articulate your ideas on the production, exhibition and interpretation of art.

Through lectures, seminars, tutorials and gallery visits the course will familiarise you with key concepts and historical transformations that underpin contemporary art production and reception. We will look at the impact of key philosophical, cultural and political discourses on art practice, and examine different theoretical perspectives and critical debates. You will extend and develop your ability to discuss, write about and judge contemporary art. You will be supported in contextualising your practice with extensive feedback in tutorials and workshops. You will also develop your skills in writing artist’s statements, critical reviews and/or exhibition proposals.

What kind of knowledge and skills do contemporary artists need? Who is art for? How do we recognise art? What distinguishes art from other forms of cultural production? How does the global economy affect the production and circulation of art? Is art a commodity? What is the social role of art? Can art bring about social change? Can art be critical? Are artists expected to push social boundaries? What is critical art, critical of? What is aesthetic autonomy? These are some of the questions we will address as we explore the historical and critical contexts in which contemporary art is made, circulated, viewed and understood.

Course Outcomes

By the end of the course you will have a good grasp of the historical underpinnings and current debates in contemporary art. You will develop, articulate and contextualise your practice. You will develop your writing and research skills and formulate research questions to guide your practice and research. You will be able to critically evaluate your own work, as well as that of others. You’ll be able to critically discuss and evaluate contemporary art.

Who Should Attend

The course is open to everyone regardless of experience but it is particularly suited to those who have a background and experience in art and wish to develop their practice and extend their knowledge of contemporary art practices and discourses. The course will suit those wishing to develop their practice and research, prepare a portfolio, apply for a postgraduate degree in art or pursue a career in the arts. The course will benefit painters, sculptors, print-makers, installation artists, performance artists, video and media artists, designers, sound artists, musicians, curators, writers and researchers.

For more information on the course, including the schedule, lectures and reading please download the Course Outline.

Upcoming Course Dates

Click on the dates below for more info and to book

10 Jan—14 Mar 2019, Thursdays 6pm-8:30pm for 10 wks @Chelsea College of Arts UAL
From To Time Duration Location Fee Actions
Thursday,
10 Jan 2019
Thursday,
14 Mar 2019
18:00–20:30 Five days
(25 hours)
Chelsea College of Arts UAL
16 John Islip Street, London SW1P 4JU
£ 599 BOOK

This course runs from 10 January to 14 March 2019, every Thursday from 6pm to 8:30pm for ten weeks at Chelsea College of Arts UAL. If you have any questions please contact us or the Chelsea Short Course Team +44 (0) 20 7514 6311.

5—9 August 2019, MonFri 10:00-16:00 for 5 days @Chelsea College of Arts UAL
From To Time Duration Location Fee Actions
Monday,
5 Aug 2018
Friday,
9 Aug 2018
10:00–16:00 Five days
(25 hours)
Chelsea College of Arts UAL
16 John Islip Street, London SW1P 4JU
£ 599 BOOK

This course runs from 5 to 9 August 2019, every day from 10am to 4pm for one week at Chelsea College of Arts UAL. If you have any questions please contact us or the Chelsea Short Course Team +44 (0) 20 7514 6311.

Tutor

Sophia Kosmaoglou is an artist, tutor, curator and founder of [ART&CRITIQUE], an alternative art education network based in London. Her current practice blurs the boundaries between art, activism and education to question the ontology of art and its social and institutional functions. She has a practice-based PhD in Fine Art from Goldsmiths and her research interests include institutional critique and the relationship between art and politics, institutions and independent organisations and collective practices. She has previously taught Critical Studies and Studio Practice on BA Fine Art Practice and Joint Honours courses at Goldsmiths and is currently a Visiting Tutor at Chelsea College of Arts. For more information please see https://videomole.tv

Reviews

This course offers a great opportunity to spend significant time and thought on aspects of your practice in a stimulating group environment. I would like to thank Sophia for her commitment to the students beyond what I expected- providing us with a wealth of information, reading lists etc and regular, detailed personalised feedback, which made such a difference. Anon

I’ve been looking for a long time to find a course like this, it is a unique opportunity, no other place provides this course. Sophia is a brilliant tutor and I am so glad I participated. I look forward to the next course. Anon

There is a lot of material in this course. It could easily form the basis of a degree course either under or post graduate. —Anon

What an enormous pleasure and fascinating process this week has been, so open and yet demanding. I’m in my studio as I write. It feels like the place to be to think it through, and in my case ‘get on with it’. I have a stack of questions, and some answers now, about how to go forward. It’s exciting! Thank you Sophia for this fantastic course, for your teaching, feedback and whole approach. It is so helpful to receive your perceptive and knowledgeable feedback to shake things up, reflect and begin to put more focused ideas into practice. You set the bar high for all of us with astonishing commitment. —Anon

The ideas learnt are indispensable and will stick with me for life. I will use it towards a Master’s course and during my own personal study. It has inspired me to get back in education with more direction and confidence. —Anon

ABOUT

ART&CRITIQUE is a London-based, peer-led alternative art education network dedicated to critical engagement with contemporary art. We employ collaborative, co-operative and collective models of pedagogy and organisation and foster alternative models of art education in a series of public events.

ART&CRITIQUE is open-access, self-organised, self-funded and non-profit. If you’d like to get involved, or if you have an idea for an event or collaboration, please come along to an event or get in touch.

Our privacy policy is available here.

MEMBERS & CONTRIBUTORS

Alter UsAlter Us

An emergent London based multidisciplinary collective that attempts to question and offer solutions regarding our contemporary context. Their concerns relate to the challenges presented by the Anthropocene, sustainability, disconnection, individualism, Artificial Intelligence, inequalities, among others.

Stephen BennettStephen Bennett

MA Art and Science student at Central Saint Martins (UAL) for 2016-2018. Deputy Head of Foresight in the UK Government Office for Science. Interested in maps, reflections, glass, depth, art-science-politics, socio-economics, climate change, demography, paint and photography.

Richard Burger Richard Burger

Richard is a painter. He studied in open access courses at the Chelsea College of Art and at the Art Student League of New York. His practise focuses on portraiture and landscape mainly in oils. One of Richards portraits was selected for exhibition at the NPG BP portrait awards 2016. In the same year he was accepted for a residency at the Vermont Studio Center.

Maria ChristoforatouMaria Christoforatou

Maria Christoforatou is an artist & visiting lecturer at University of the Arts London. She completed a practice-based MPhil at Chelsea College of Arts & an MA in Fine Art at Wimbledon College of Arts. Her research investigates experiences of displacement through the idea of home & the ways that objects mediate for the artist & become agents of experience for the viewer.

Amanthi HarrisAmanthi Harris

Amanthi is an artist & writer. She studied at Central St Martins & Bristol University. She won the Gatehouse Press New Fictions Prize 2016 for Lantern Evening (2017). Her short stories have been published & broadcast on BBC Radio4. She is part of the V22 Artist Collective & works in 3D & drawing. She runs StoryHug, a project making art & stories in the community.

Laura HudsonLaura Hudson

Laura Hudson is an artist, writer and freelance curator with a background in experimental film, digital technologies and sustainable agriculture. She studied Evironmental Art at Glasgow School of Art & Moving Image at Central St Martins. She worked for Women In Profile, London Filmmakers Co-op, Cinenova Feminist Film Distribution, Arts Council England & FluxIT.

Sophia KosmaoglouSophia Kosmaoglou

Sophia is an artist, tutor, curator and researcher. She completed a practice-based PhD in Fine Art at Goldsmiths in 2012 and founded ART&CRITIQUE in 2015. She teaches studio practice, critical and contextual studies, history & philosophy of art, curating, video & film production. Research interests include art and politics, art education, radical pedagogy and self-organisation.

Johanna KwiatJohanna Kwiat

Johanna is an artist based in London. She studied anthropology at Goldsmiths & is a co-founder of ArtBrixton. Her work explores self-containment & the struggle against the violence of the mundane in domesticity, relationships & work. She performs in public places with incidental or no human audience & extends her performances through photographs, diagrams & installations.

Dasha LoykoDasha Loyko

Dasha Loyko is a practising artist and researcher with a background in philosophy. She works across media, from painting and collage to installation and film. In October 2017 she will begin her studio-based MA in Critical Practice at the Royal College of Art.

Cristina Sousa Martínez Cristina Sousa Martínez

Cristina is a curator & art blogger from Mexico. Her research interests are the concepts of infinity, tear & language-games. Her first exhibition as a curator was about an infinite causal chain of words, Transitivity of Implication (2016). She’s an intern at the Museum of Portable Sound as a Curatorial Assistant, she likes to experiment with sound, video & watercolour.

Elliot C. MasonElliot C. Mason

Elliot is a playwright and founding member of Penny Drops Collective, a radical artist / theatre group.

 

Aristotelis NikolaidisAristotelis Nikolaidis

Aris completed a PhD in media & communications at Goldsmiths and has been involved in free and self-organised language programmes for migrants and refugees. He teaches & researches in the field of social theory & media studies from a critical perspective, which means that he is at odds with marketization, careerism & precarious labour conditions in the university.

Rubén Salgado Perez Ruben Salgado Perez

Ruben is a researcher & currently Diversity Champion at the V&A. He completed an MA in Aesthetics & Cultural Policy at City University (2014) and co-founded the curatorial collective Un-Mapping Futures (2017). His published work explores the intersections between philosophy of art, public participation and the production of discourse on art and its publics.

Aesthetics, Affect, Artcrawl

[SYMPOSIUM] #11 Badiou: Art & Philosophy with Kerry W. Purcell at The Field, 14 October 2017. Photo by Stephen Bennett.
[SYMPOSIUM] #11 Badiou: Art & Philosophy with Kerry W. Purcell at The Field, 14 October 2017. Photo by Stephen Bennett.

Disastrous and distressing in so many ways, 2016 was also an encouraging start for [ART&CRITIQUE]. The network has grown exponentially, we introduced new regular and one-off events, we participated in the Antiuniversity Now! Festival and we were interviewed on Dissident Island Radio. We have a new Event Calendar and we’ve started a new Members & Contributors section, we have a new fast server and domain (artandcritique.uk), and we’re migrating the data. To support this work we have started collecting donations at our events and although we’re far from breaking even, the project is more sustainable. In 2017 we have plans for new regular events, exhibitions, workshops, courses, collaborations, participation in festivals and an alternative art education co-op. Thanks to everyone who has contributed, participated and supported this project. If you’re interested in participating, contributing or collaborating please come to one of our events or contact us. Looking forward to see you in 2017!

Wassily Kandinsky [1923] Circles in a Circle. Oil on canvas, 98.7 x 96.6 cm.[SYMPOSIUM] O’Sullivan: The Aesthetics of Affect
Friday, 13 January 2017, 18:00 – 20:30
V22 Louise House, Dartmouth Rd, London SE23 3HZ
Free, please book your place
For our first event in 2017 we’re heading to Forest Hill to discuss Simon O’Sullivan‘s 2001 essay The Aesthetics of Affect: Thinking Art Beyond Representation with Katie Tysoe.

[ARTCRAWL]#10[ARTCRAWL] Mayfair to Fitzrovia
Saturday, 28 January 2017, 14:00–17:00

Curated by Cristina Sousa Martínez
Free, booking not required
On the last Saturday of January we will meet in Mayfair to visit Sophia Contemporary Gallery, the Museum of Portable Sound and Carroll / Fletcher. Please visit the page for a schedule & map of the route.

Ward Shelley [2008] Who Invented the Avant Garde, ver. 2. Oil and toner on mylar, 28.5 x 62.5 inches.[COURSE] Critical Theory in Contemporary Art Practice
12 Jan – 16 Mar 2017, Thursdays 6pm-8:30pm
Chelsea College of Arts, 16 John Islip Street, London SW1P 4JU
This intensive course provides an encompassing introduction to key discourses that inform the production and interpretation of contemporary art, a supportive environment to articulate your practice, and a critical framework to exchange ideas on art production, exhibition & reception.

Announcements & Opportunities[ANNOUNCEMENTS & OPPORTUNITIES]
The list of deadlines, announcements and opportunities is absolutely brimming this month. To view the list please follow the link to visit the page. Please check back because the list is updated regularly. To post open calls, opportunities or vacancies on this list please use the contact form to send us the details.

IMAGE CREDITS
Wassily Kandinsky [1923] Circles in a Circle. Oil on canvas, 98.7 x 96.6 cm.

Ward Shelley [2008] Who Invented the Avant Garde, ver. 2. Oil and toner on mylar, 28.5 x 62.5 inches.