Praxis: Culture and Sustainability

Event Details

  • Date 28th January 2015
    10:30am — 5:30pm
  • Location Wysing Arts Centre, Fox Rd, Cambridge CB23 2TX
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Bringing together thinkers, artists and innovators, this day of talks, performances and workshops will explore the new ways of working that are shaping a more sustainable future for the arts and culture.

The day aims to inspire debate and equip participants with new insights and practical actions, with spotlights on: working internationally, materials and suppliers, skills sharing economies, how 'green' digital technology really is, and presentations of new work from Cambridge Junction in collaboration with creative producer Angharad Wynne-Jones of Arts House, Melbourne Australia.

The day will be shaped by two themes:

Rip it up and Start Again

We will look at the environmental and social issues around where we source our materials and resources. Julie's Bicycle will be in conversation with Laura Billings, Jane Penty and Diana Simpson Hernandez exploring a rethink on how we use materials, and the emergent 'circular' and exchange economies shaping a sustainable future for the arts and culture.

The Artist is Not in The Room

This will focus on environmentally sustainable working models that have been enabled by digital technology.

Julie's Bicycle will chair a discussion including Cambridge Junction, Angharad Wynne-Jones and Donna Lynas around these models focusing on digital collaborations, working rurally-operating globally and the pros and cons surrounding digital technology and environmental sustainability within these working models.

Throughout the day there will be performances and a practical action-planning workshop.

Confirmed Speakers Include

Laura Billings: Trade School London, Civc Systems Lab

Jane Penty: Practicing designer and educator, BA Product Design, Central Saint Martins,

Diana Simpson Hernandez: Designer, Golondrina Design, SustainRCA Alumna

Donna Lynas: Artistic Director, Wysing Arts Centre

Angharad Wynne-Jones: Creative Producer, Arts House, Melbourne, Australia

Daniel Brine: Director, Cambridge Junction

Save the date and register now to secure your place!

About The Performances

Sarah Rodigari; 'Reach out and Touch Faith'

Reach out Touch Faith is part of a body of work exploring the triangular paradigm of artist, art object and audience in relation to participatory art practice. Removing the artist from the live performance, this work focuses on the position of artist within this paradigm. Rodigari employs the notion of sympathetic magic, calling on her totemic animal, the goat, to act as a spiritual guide within this paradigm. Protected by the gallery attendant, who performs a speech on behalf of artist, the audience (8 people at a time) are invited to spend time with and stroke the goat, embracing their own sense of curiosity and spiritual ambition. In doing so they channel a deeper connection with the art object (the goat) and in turn the artist (also the goat) drawing all three points of the triangle together in a shamanic experience.

Helen Cole and Alex Bradley; 'one step at a time like this'

What would you pack in your suitcase if you were 'going nowhere'?
Starting in their own homes, participants explore the idea of 'nowhere', prompted by text messages, audio instructions, poetic musings and, eventually, their real-time companions on this enigmatic journey.
'One Step At A Time Like This' is a chance to consider where we dwell and what we carry with us; a chance to share a cup of tea and 'unpack' some preconceptions. (This performance will be presented at hourly intervals throughout the day)

Limited capacity audience experience. Register now to secure your place.

Find Out More About Our Speakers, Performances and Collaborators Here:

Sustaining Creativity