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Armchair Critics

Fabrica’s regular forum for informal debate hosted by artist Lorenza Ippolito and followed by a Utopian Walk through the city.

Melanie Manchot’s film work Celebration (Cyprus Street) shows us a modern day street party in East London. As a portrayal of a multi-cultural community at ease with itself and re-enacting an old and important social ritual it depicts a kind of Utopia.

The idea of Utopia – a perfectly constructed place where the social infrastructure enables individuals to be at their best for the good of everybody – has had currency since the Enlightment. Since Thomas More’s first use of the word in 1516 to the present day, our desire to organise ourselves according to a religious, economic, political or ecological ideal is clear, and is generally accepted as a good, even noble endeavour.

But whose idea of a better society is it? Who gets to decide what we should aspire to as individuals and as communities? And what is the ideal community anyway? Isn’t the dream of one social group another’s nightmare?

Join Lorenza Ippolito and her guest Richard Parker to talk about Utopias, Dystopias and the reality of living together.

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Drawing Space

Drawing Space is an interesting initiative by Brighton artist Carolyn Bew during the Artist Open House. It is a collaborative event over three weekends. Visitors are invited to take part in a collective drawing incorporating sound and video, which will transform this empty space into an interactive environment. Each evening a video will be made of the artworks, before the walls are repainted for the following day.

THE EXCHANGE

throughout May 2011
The time is right for FREE things:

  • FREE painting
  • FREE film
  • FREE knitting

Are You Ready for it?

All of Portslade has been declared an involuntary park.

The only currency valid here is skill (any skill) and the only place to redeem it is at THE EXCHANGE, curated by artist group Involuntary Park at BLANK

Neither an exhibition nor a performance piece but a Pay-What-You-Earn-Art-Cafe and a workshop the size of a building …

Come and hang out at The Deer Feeding Station Cafe, take part in an Involuntary Fashion Trail, help make a life size Knitted Deer, record your own Sound Nugget, or go out on an urban hunt with watercolours..

We aim to discover the hidden talents of Portslade by opening up our gallery and studio spaces to the community. Come and swap something YOU can do for something WE can do.

No skill is too big or too small. Everything is a currency we can exchange…

Participants so far confirmed include:

Mike Weatherley MP; Monica Crowe, Katie Blackwell & Friends from The Goodwill Co-op at Emmaus; Parliament of Feathers screen printing; Josie Jeffery of Seedfreedom; Lorette Mackie of Portslade Community Forum; plus BLANK artists Carolina Diaz, Rosie Holmes, Romily Meredith; Chris Shaw-Hughes; Amy Smith, Eva Weaver, Tamsin Williams, Libby Davy, Jo Shapland, Lorenza Ippolito.

FOR A LIST OF ALL THE WORKSHOPS ON OFFER, DATES AND TIMES PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK:

List of Workshops at THE EXCHANGE

Hello my friends,

tomorrow evening there will be another session of Armchair Critics, this time Matt Adams from Blast Theory will be joining us to talk about how artists have used the Hertzian space in their work and the political aspect of it’s privatization by mobile phone companies amongst others.

If you would like to know more come along, have a chat and a glass of wine with us!

This slide show is the documentation of 2 days out at sea with Alan.

Alan fishes for Dover Sole leaving every morinng from Brighton Marina. He is 68 years old and doesn’t even like eating fish. But he loves his job.

Fishing is a 2 day affair. The first day you go out to lay down the nets on the bottom of the sea. Dover Sole swim flat on the bottom of the sea and when there’s a net there they swim right into to it, but so do other fish, like place, cod and huss.

The second day, we got up very early. We where out at sea before the day had even thought of breaking. Alan and James started reeling in the net, and so the work began.

Once the net comes in the fish have to be taken out of the nets and then gutted and separated into different boxes. Sounds simple, but try doing it on a boat.

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Hello Everybody, so a new exciting season of Armchair Critics has begun.

Big news is that AC is doubling up. There will be two exhibitions instead of only one.

The first one is on the 21st of April and will be at the usual time around 7:00 p.m.

The second, on the 5th of May, will be held in the early afternoon for those who don’t like nocturnal outings.

The questions haven’t been set yet, but I am reading up and very eager to produce good stuff. I am currently drawn to the idea of polyphony in literature  and the incredible way in which singular voice, once put together, can create a new sound, where the whole is different from each individual part… Or it many be about the empty space. Have you got any suggestions? Let me know!

As most of you know the show is The Forty Part Motet by Janet Cardiff and engages with Thomas Tallis’ Spem in Alium.

Can’t wait!