9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering Revisited, 1966/2016

Arts Catalyst presents 9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering Revisited 1966/2016, including a night of new cross-disciplinary performance art and an archival exhibition


9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering Revisited 1966/2016 programme listing:

Arts Catalyst presents Experiments in Art and Technology
Private View: Thu 22 September 6pm – 8.30pm please RSVP*
Thu 22 September – Sat 29 October 2016, Thursdays & Fridays, 12 noon – 6pm
Arts Catalyst Centre, 74-76 Cromer Street, London, WC1H 8DR
An exhibition chronicling the history of Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.), the group who were behind the 9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering event.

Gallery tour of the Story of E.A.T with Barbro Schultz Lundestam
Sat 24 September 3pm-4pm
Arts Catalyst Centre, 74-76 Cromer Street, London, WC1H 8DR
Joins us for a gallery tour with Swedish journalist and independent documentary director Barbro Schultz Lundestam who was responsible for the re-emergence of documentation of the seminal performances by Experiments in Art and Technology in 1966.

Experiments and Incidents - Julie Martin and Barbra Steveni in conversation
Wed 5 October, 6.45 - 8.30pm
Booking required
Arts Catalyst Centre, 74-76 Cromer Street, London, WC1H 8DR
Julie Martin (Experiments in Art and Technology) and Barbra Steveni (Artist Placement Group / O+I) in conversation, chaired by artist Neal White, Professor of Art/Science, University of Westminster.

Side Effects by Robert Whitman
Fri 7 October 2016, entrance 7pm, performance 7.30pm
Tickets £10 student, £15 standard, via Eventbrite
The Crossing, Granary Square, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AA
Robert Whitman presents a new Arts Catalyst commissioned performance called Side Effects.

Exhibition Histories - Art and Technology Talk: Jeremy Millar
Thu 13 October, 6.30pm
[SOLD OUT]
Arts Catalyst Centre, 74-76 Cromer Street, London, WC1H 8DR

Exhibition Histories - Art and Technology Talk: Catherine Wood
Thu 20 October, 6.30pm
[SOLD OUT]
Arts Catalyst Centre, 74-76 Cromer Street, London, WC1H 8DR

Experiments and Incidents - Julie Martin and Barbara Steveni in Conversation
Thu 27 October, 6.30pm
Tickets via Eventbrite
Arts Catalyst Centre, 74-76 Cromer Street, London, WC1H 8DR
 

Why make it simple, whe you can make it complex?

Sat 29 October 2016, 12-6pm, Free, drop in
Arts Catalyst Centre, 74-76 Cromer Street, London, WC1H 8DR
This day long event has arisen from a month long collaboration between a group of students from MA Art and Science at Central Saint Martins, UAL, and recent graduates from Goldsmiths and Farnham. The group came together as performers in Robert Whitman’s new commission 'Side Effects', produced as part of Arts Catalysts current season ‘9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering Revisited 1966/2016’. In collaboration with The Performance Studio, Arts Catalyst has since hosted weekly workshops for the group to develop a practical and historical perspective on performance practice and transdisciplinary working. The resulting performative installation involves individual works, collectively mediated by the group.
 
Auto Italia discussion with Exhibition Studies Working Group
Thu 3 November 2016, 6.30pm
Arts Catalyst Centre, 74-76 Cromer Street, London, WC1H 8DR


Exactly fifty years after the legendary 9 Evenings: Theater and Engineering, Arts Catalyst revisits this hugely influential art event with a new performance commission by Robert Whitman, participating artist in the original 9 Evenings and co-founder of Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T) who produced it. An accompanying exhibition, talks and events programme will be held at Arts Catalyst Centre for Art, Science & Technology and other venues across the city, developed in collaboration with Afterall and students from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London and Goldsmiths, University of London.

9 Evenings: Theater and Engineering was initiated by artist Robert Rauschenberg and the engineer Billy Kluver. This 1966 event was a pioneering project in large-scale collaboration between artists and engineers. 9 Evenings was a significant moment in art history when many artists became aware for the first time of the implications that advancements in technology had for the development of their own artwork. Artists, including Robert Rauschenberg, John Cage, Robert Whitman and Yvonne Rainier worked with engineers for 10 months to develop technical equipment and systems that were used as an integral part of the artists’ performances, producing a blend of avant-garde theatre, dance and new technologies. The collaboration produced many ‘firsts’ with specially designed systems and with innovative use of existing equipment.

In October 2016, Arts Catalyst presents a contemporary re-imaging of this seminal event, with a programme throughout the month. Robert Whitman’s performance will be held in The Crossing, an ex-industrial warehouse space in the new Kings Cross development. Whitman will present his new performance, Side Effects, commissioned for this event. This spectacular evening will mix pre-recorded and live-streamed moving image from across the city, animated by a live performance unfolding over eight acts.

Within walking distance, the Arts Catalyst Centre for Art, Science & Technology hosts an exhibition of film footage from the 1966 9 Evenings events, alongside an archival presentation of the broader work of E.A.T., making public this rich history of cross-disciplinary collaboration. In addition talks developed, in collaboration with Afterall’s Exhibition Histories series, will reflect on the histories of art and technology in performance, transdisciplinary collaboration, and the influence of the 1960s on contemporary art today.

Finally, since January 2016 a working group of students from MRes Art: Exhibition Studies at Central Saint Martins and MFA Curating, Goldsmiths University of London, have been using 9 Eveningsand the work of E.A.T as a starting point to reflect on: re-staging and re-enactments as a method of doing art history, transdisciplinary practice and exhibiting the archive. The result of the working group will be three texts, compiled in a booklet that will be distributed both online and at the Arts Catalyst’s October events. A working group made up of students from MA Art and Science at Central Saint Martins, as well as other programmes, will collectively develop their own performances, to be held at Arts Catalyst’s Centre throughout October.

This programme is supported by Arts Council England, Cockayne – Grants for the Arts, The London Community Foundation, PACE, Afterall, Central Saint Martins, UAL, King’s Cross and Goldsmiths, University of London, University of Westminster, London: The Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM) with the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture (IMCC) and The Performance Studio.

 

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Arts Catalyst Season of Films at Carroll/Fletcher Onscreen

A season of three films marking the 20th anniversary of Arts Catalyst. Carroll / Fletcher Onscreen is an online cinema showing dynamic curated weekly screenings of experimental and artists' film.

 

Chris Oakley Half-life
Tue 10 March – Mon 16 March
15:00min, HD Video, 2009
Half-life looks at the histories of Harwell, birthplace of the UK nuclear industry, and the development of fusion energy technology at the Culham facility in Oxfordshire. The film examines nuclear science research through a historical and cultural filter. Drawing on archive footage of the sites, alongside contemporary materials, the work takes structural clues from nuclear physics, exploring the heritage of nuclear energy from the roots of the technology that drove the industrial revolution. Half-life was commissioned by Arts Catalyst and SCAN.

The Otolith Group and Richard Couzins Otolith I
Tue 17 March – Mon 23 March
23:16min, SD Video, 2003
Otolith I is set in the 22nd Century, when the human race is no longer able to survive on earth and is obliged to live in the agravic conditions of the International Space Station. Dr. Usha Adebaran Sagar, the future descendent of Otolith Group member Anjalika Sagar, is an exo-anthropologist researching life on an earth that she can experience only through media archives. Otolith 1 was the Otolith Group's first project. It was commissioned by Arts Catalyst and the M.I.R. Consortium.

Agnes Meyer-Brandis The Moon Goose Colony
Tue 24 March – Thu 2 April
20:56min, HD Video, 2011/12
In her documentary film The Moon Goose Colony, artist Agnes Meyer-Brandis develops an ongoing narrative based on the book 'The Man in the Moone' written by English bishop Francis Godwin in 1638, in which the protagonist flies to the Moon in a chariot towed by moon geese. Meyer-Brandis actualised this concept by raising eleven moon geese from birth, imprinting them on herself as goose-mother, taking them on expeditions and housing them in a Moon analogue habitat. The Moon Goose Colony is a Pollinaria project and formed part of The Moon Goose Analogue: Lunar Migration Bird Facility commissioned by Arts Catalyst and FACT.

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Test Sites: Remedy for a City

Remedy for a City forms part of our 'Test Sites' programme, a series of inquiries into matters of concern connected with environmental change – such as flooding, pollution, and species loss – and their impact on local culture and the health and wellbeing of our ecosystems and ourselves.

In Camden, the area around Arts Catalyst's Centre in King's Cross, we are working with Dimitri Launder, the Artist Gardener, and several local projects and groups, as well as drawing on expertise from specialists in horticulture and medical health.

Treating the city as a body to explore the common ailments of communities and individuals, Launder’s Remedy for a City aims to create a dialogue with the dis-eases of society. During Summer 2017, he will be developing the Phytobscura, a mobile field device to collect medicinal plant material and hand written remedies, drawing on local knowledge around Camden.

If you would like to participate, please email Anna Santomauro at anna.santomauro@artscatalyst.org

The project will continue through 2018 and 2019 with creative activities, remedy gathering, and citizen science research leading to the creation of site-specific artworks, events, and an alternative archive of knowledge.

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Test Sites: Poole Harbour

Test Sites is Arts Catalyst’s series of inquiries into matters of concern connected with environmental change – such as flooding, pollution, and species loss – and their impact on local and their impact on local culture and the health and well-being of our ecosystems and ourselves. At each site, we invite local people to be part of art-led co-inquiries, working with artists, scientists, and other experts.

Arts Catalyst is working with artist Neal White and local partners in and around Poole Harbour and on Brownsea Island, in collaboration with Bournemouth University, University of Westminster, Dorset Wildlife Trust and the Arts Development Company. In Summer 2017, Arts Catalyst has organised a series of workshops and platforms that brought together artists, scientists, and local and situated knowledge, ideas, and materials/resources, to activate collaboration from a range of knowledge disciplines.

More information about future workshops, events and opportunities will be announced here and through our mailing list.

The project will gather pace during 2018 and 2019 with workshops, residencies, situated knowledge and citizen science research leading to the creation of site-specific artworks, events, and alternative archives of knowledge.

Supported by EMERGE, Bournemouth University and the University of Westminster.

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Test Sites: Calder Valley

Test Sites is Arts Catalyst’s series of inquiries into matters of concern connected with environmental change – such as flooding, pollution, and species loss – and their impact on local culture and the health and wellbeing of our ecosystems and ourselves. At each site, we are inviting local people and groups to be part of art-led co-inquiries, working with artists, scientists, and other experts.

In the Calder valley, we are working with artist Ruth Levene, in partnership with the Canal and River Trust, to research water governance in relation to human health and wellbeing and the resilience of communities and ecologies.

In Summer 2017, we are making two initial research journeys by narrowboat along the Calder/Hebble navigation, meeting local people, river/canal users, and experts with interests in water, the history of the river and canal, and water governance. In June, the team traveled from Sowerby Bridge downstream through Brighouse to Mirfield, meeting and talking with a variety of people along our journey.

From the 10th-15th July 2017, we plan to travel upstream to Mytholmroyd. We are keen to meet with people living or working in the Calder area - both on and off the boat - with the following expertise (whether professional or expertise-by-experience): water governance, hydrology, geology, history of the waters (river, canal, and tributaries), modelling and mapping the catchment, canoeing, fishing, tree planting, volunteering. If you would like to connect with us during our research journeys to share your knowledge of the Calder catchment and its waters, please email Nicola Triscott at director@artscatalyst.org

The project will gather pace during 2018 and 2019 with creative activities, roundtables, story gathering and citizen science research leading to the creation of site-specific artworks, events, and alternative archives of knowledge about the Calder catchment.

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Nuclear Energy and the Commons – A Workshop

Sabu Kohso, political and social critic, scholar and activist, and Arts Catalyst’s artistic director and founder, Nicola Triscott, lead this workshop examining nuclear waste as an ultimate form of “negative commons”, discussing this in relation to the planetary commons and nuclear capitalism. Questions explored included: In what way can radioactive waste be understood as a commons displaced from its proper place? What is the uneven impact of that waste on communities? How has nuclear capitalism endured in Japan after such an expansive disaster? How has the image of a “safe Fukushima” been fabricated? How can such forces be questioned, contested and opposed?

Researchers, students, artists and activists with interests in the politics and social context of nuclear energy or the management of the commons were invited to join the workshop.

Reading of interest

Mutation of the Triad: Totalitarianism, Fascism, and Nationalism in Japan, Sabu Kohso, eflux, 2014
The Global Nuclear Regime, Sabu Kohso, The Indypendent, 2011
Radiation and Revolution, Sabu Kohso, borderlands, 2012
 

Workshop leaders

Sabu Kohso is a political and social critic, translator, scholar, and a long-time activist in the global and anti-capitalist struggle. A native of Okayama, Japan, Sabu has lived in New York City since 1980. He has published several books on urban space and struggle in Japan and Korea, and has translated books by Kojin Karatani and David Graeber. He has written extensively on the Fukushima disaster from the perspective of global anticapitalist struggles.

Nicola Triscott is a cultural producer, curator and writer, specialising in the intersections between art, science, technology and society. She is the founder and Director of Arts Catalyst, for which she has curated many exhibitions and events. Nicola lectures and publishes internationally, including books on art and technology in the Arctic, art and space, and ecological art. She blogs at www.nicolatriscott.org on the critical inter-relationships between the arts, humanities and our technoscientific society.

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Sabu Kohso and Jason Waite: Confronting a Catastrophic World

Political and social critic, scholar and activist, Sabu Kohso, will give a lecture and then be in conversation with curator Jason Waite, a member of the Don’t Follow the Wind curatorial collective. Kohso regards the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor meltdown and release of radionuclides into the environment as an ongoing and unfolding disaster, one among many disasters across the globe caused by the intensifying development of extractive capitalism across the planetary body. As such, it embodies the collapsing world and the omnipresent life-as-struggles on the earth.  


Sabu Kohso is a political and social critic, translator, scholar, and a long-time activist in the global and anti-capitalist struggle. A native of Okayama, Japan, Sabu has lived in New York City since 1980. He has published several books on urban space and struggle in Japan and Korea, and has translated books by Kojin Karatani and David Graeber. He has written extensively on the Fukushima disaster from the perspective of global anticapitalist struggles.

Jason Waite is an independent curator focused on forms of practice toward forming agency across diverse fields such as art, society, politics and critical theory. He has co-curated Don’t Follow the Wind, an ongoing project inside the uninhabited Fukushima exclusion zone, The Real Thing?, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Maintenance Required, The Kitchen, New York, and White Paper: The Law by Adelita Husni-Bey at Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory, Utrecht where he was curator.

 

 

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Project Fukushima!

Project Fukushima! was instigated by musicians Yoshihide Otomo and Michiro Endo, as well as the poet Ryoichi Wago, all born or residing in Fukushima. The initiative is a network for trying out new social forms with artistic activities as their basis. It reflects on problems that confront the region after the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. The project was begun in May 2011. In August of that same year came the first “Festival Fukushima!” which attracted more than 10,000 visitors. The activities of the network also include the internet broadcast station “Dommune Fukushima!”, the “School Fukushima!”, a place for further education, as well as the fund-raising initiative “DIY Fukuahima!” This is meant to provide a financial basis for the long-term continuation of artistic activities.

Filmmaker Hikaru Fujii accompanied the activities and discussions during the preparations for the “Festival Fukushima!” with his camera over a period of seven months. The documentary film precisely and unpretentiously observes the different attitudes of the participants, also illuminating the areas of conflict between the protagonists.

The film is 90 minutes in length. During the exhibition the start times will therefore run throughout the day at 12pm, 1:30pm, 3pm and 4:30pm.

Supported by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and Arts Council England.
With special thanks to NPO S-AIR, Project Fukushima!, Art Action and IKLECTIK

 

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Auto Italia, in conversation

As part of  Arts Catalyst presents 9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering Revisited 1966/2016, Exhibition Studies Working Group invites artists Auto Italia to discuss their work.

Auto Italia is an artist run organisation that commissions and produces new work, collaborating directly with emerging artists. For this evening talk they will discuss a range of projects which critically engage with technologies, experimenting with alternative modes of production and exhibition formats. This will include Meet Z, an online personal guide, productivity consultant and creative collaborator. As well as Auto Italia LIVE, nine 1 hour, collectively developed works engaging the histories and format of Television, broadcast live over the internet.

This talk, organised by the ‘Exhibition Studies Working Group’, aim’s to introduce the voice of a younger generation of artists who are critically engaging in the social and political implications of technology. The ‘Exhibition Studies Working Group’ is made up of students from MRes Art: Exhibition Studies, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London and MFA Curating, Goldsmiths, University of London. They have been working together for over nine months, to critically reflect on key themes and issues raised by Arts Catalyst’s revisiting of 9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering. As well as this event they have collectively authored a publication of new writing: Transdisciplinary Collaboration, Exhibiting Archives, Re-staging Exhibitions.

About Auto Italia:
Auto Italia South East is an artist run organisation that commissions and produces new work – collaborating directly with emerging artists. Founded in 2007, it aims to provide a framework for developing alternative approaches to production and exhibition formats. Auto Italia is currently run by Kate Cooper, Marianne Forrest, Marleen Boschen and Edward Gillman.

About Exhibition Studies Working Group:
The group brought together students from two programmes both critically engaging with ideas of exhibition making or exhibition histories; MFA Curating, Goldsmiths, University of London and MRes Art: Exhibition Studies, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. These students worked together for over nine months, from February to September 2016, to critically reflect on key themes and issues raised by Arts Catalyst revisiting of this seminal event in the history of transdisciplinary art, science and technology collaborations.

During this period the group met every other week at Arts Catalyst’s Centre for Art Science & Technology. Meetings involved open discussions, sessions led by group members, and meetings with visiting artists and curators. Guests included Alistair Hudson, Director, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA) and Julie Martin, Director E.A.T.. The students eventually split into three sub-groups, each focusing on a different area of investigation. The ‘Re-staging Exhibitions’ group examined the re-staging and re-imagining of historic exhibitions and events, as a model of doing art history. The ‘Trandisciplinary Collaborations’ collective looked at examples of artists and curators working with practitioners from across disciplines.
 
Finally, the ‘Exhibiting Archives’ group look at the possibilities and pitfalls of various methods employed to make archival materials public. This collaborative process culminated in the production of the texts in this publication, conceived and written by the members of the working group. In addition they have organised a talk / event relating to their research to mark the close of the season, to be held at Arts Catalyst Centre. 

This programme is supported by Arts Council England, Cockayne – Grants for the Arts, The London Community Foundation, PACE, Afterall, Central Saint Martins, UAL, King’s Cross, Goldsmiths, University of London, University of Westminster, London: The Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM) with the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture (IMCC) and The Performance Studio.

 

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Gallery tour of the Story of E.A.T Barbro Schultz Lundestam

Joins us for a gallery tour with Swedish journalist and independent documentary director Barbro Schultz Lundestam who was responsible for the re-emergence of documentation of the seminal performances by E.A.T. in 1966.

Please RSVP admin@artscatalyst.org

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