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Curatorial and Collaborative Practices Seminars

These events are free online events open to all. Contact: mark.jackson@northumbria.ac.uk to register.

Communal Building: school / art practice at LungA – Tuesday 3rd May, 4pm

Image: Installation view of ‘Horse Whale or Hrosshvalur’ (2022)

Dr Mark Rohtmaa-Jackson will be presenting some early findings and future plans relating to his work with the alternative, independent, artist-led art school LungA in the small town of Seyðisfjörður, Iceland. LungA is a school that runs outside of Seyðisfjörður’s tourist season, existing within the infrastructure of that season, and of the town, to provide a distinct environment for a biannual intake of 16 participants to make work collaboratively and freely.

Mark Rohtmaa-Jackson is a curator, predominantly at IMT Gallery in London, and a senior lecturer in Fine Art Critical Theory and Curatorial Practices at Northumbria University.

Plastique Fantastique Gathering for Speaking and Show – Friday 26th March, 12-2pm

Image: Plastique Fantastique, A Friends Rendezvous @ Mars Year Zero (2019). Courtesy: Plastique Fantastique

Plastique Fantastique is an art group is known for ritualised performances, comics, music, texts, diagrams, installations, shrines and assemblages that are a frenzied mixture of baroque, distorted aesthetics, often with projections and music. Their activities often involve cryptic references to popular culture (most recently memes), politics and philosophy that reveal “anxieties of the self and the state as shaped by capitalism.” (Daisy Lafarge, ArtReview, 2018). These works appear though a collaborative process of “fictioning”, an experimental practice mapped out in Fictioning: The Myth-Functions of Contemporary Art and Philosophy (2019) by David Burrows and Simon O’Sullivan. For Plastique Fantastique Gathering for Speaking and Show we will be joined by David Burrows, Vanessa Page, Alex Marzeta, Eurnicurn, feveractal and AP Kingsford.

Plastique Fantastique is a collaboration between David Burrows, Simon O’Sullivan, Alex Marzeta and Vanessa Page, sometimes with others, including Harriet Skully, Ana Benlloch, Stuart Tait, Mark Jackson, Benedict Drew, Frankie Roberts, Tom Clark, Simon Davenport, Joe Murray, Lawrence Leaman, Samudradaka and Aryapala.

TRANSMISSIONS COLLECTIVE – Friday 19th March, 12-2pm

Image courtesy: TRANSMISSIONS, graphic by Adam Sinclair.

Visiting Lecture and Q&A with Anne Duffau, Hana Noorali and Tai Shani.

Anne, Hana and Tai are part of the TRANSMISSIONS COLLECTIVE alongside Producer Lori E Allen and Production Associate Mika Lapid. In 2020 they launched TRANSMISSIONS, an online platform that commissions artists to share their work within a classic DIY TV show format.

Anne Duffau is a cultural producer, researcher, and founder of A—Z, an exploratory/nomadic curatorial platform exploring artistic practices and knowledge exchange through collaborations, presentations, soundscapes, screenings and discussions. She has collaborated with a range of projects and organisations including ArtLicks, Southwark Park Galleries, Mimosa House and Danielle Arnaud Gallery, London Please Stand By, or-bits .com, PAF Olomouc Czech Republic & Tenderflix. Anne has previously run the StudioRCA Riverlight, London programme (2016-2018) and is currently the interim curator at Wysing Arts Center, a Tutor at the School of Arts and Humanities, and is the acting Lead in Critical Practice, within the Royal College of Art’s Contemporary Art Practice Programme. She has performed live music under Alpha through a number of projects and collaborations.

Hana Noorali is an independent curator and writer based in London. In 2019 she was selected (together with Lynton Talbot) to realise an exhibition at The David Roberts Foundation as part of their annual curator’s series. She curated Lisson Presents at Lisson Gallery, London from 2017-2018 and from 2017 -2019, produced and presented the podcast series Lisson ON AIR. In 2018 Hana edited a monograph on the work of artist and Benedictine Monk, Dom Sylvester Houédard. Its release coincided with an exhibition of his work at Lisson Gallery, New York that she co-curated with Matt O’Dell. In 2007, she co-founded a non-profit project space and curatorial collective called RUN active until 2011. In 2021 Hana and her curatorial partner Lynton Talbot will be publishing an anthology that examines the intersection of poetry and film with (p) (prototype).

Tai Shani is an artist living and working in London. She is the joint 2019 Turner Prize winner together with Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Helen Cammock and Oscar Murillo. In 2019 Tai was a Max Mara prize nominee. Her work has been shown at Turner Contemporary, UK (2019); Grazer Kunst Verein, Austria (2019); Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Italy (2019); Glasgow International, UK (2018); Wysing Arts Centre, UK (2017); Serpentine Galleries, London (2016); Tate, London (2016); Yvonne Lambert Gallery, Berlin (2016) and Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2016).