Literatopia

Mihaela Brebenel, Christopher Collier, Attilia Fattori Franchini, Lauren Lapidge, Nicola Rae, Alyssa Ueno

Tues 5th, Weds 6th 3-8pm

This work will consist of a constructed narrative environment founded in the idea of an ‘analogue blog’: a three dimensional magazine, a network of knowledge and material exchange made visible in space.  It is a space in which we inhabit alongside the detritus of our intellectual interchanges.  Within this situation we will undertake a durational performance in which a series of chosen books will be anonymised with newly produced covers, the process of our selections and exchanges, the selected texts, images and annotations, will be recorded and compiled into new books.  This process explores exchange, value, individual selections and the possibilities of collective working.

“In Romania under Ceausescu, and in other regimes where communications are restricted, knowledge has been circulated in the form of banned books. In the Romanian case a book was passed to you at work and if you wanted to read it, you had to take it and read it in secret, you had to take it home and stay up all night to read it and bring it back with you the next day for someone else and this is how free knowledge was passed. There is, we think something powerful about this image, not just the political dimension, which clearly we see today as people share links on social media, but also there is something magical about it, almost ritual, like a spell: perhaps it is the non-digital circulation, the embodied physicality of it, not the disembodied exchange of the ‘information society’, but information exchanged as a gift. One has to take this knowledge and read it whilst the sun passes beneath the earth and whilst the moon passes over your house and at sunrise the spell will be broken and you must return to the world. It’s like the rules of the world get suspended during the hours of darkness, it is the time for reading and drifting and loving and partying, those tiny micro-inventions, networks of relation and moments of autonomy that Michel de Certeau calls the ‘night-side of societies’.

 

Dérivelab is a collective of artists and other practitioners formed around a core group of
Goldsmiths graduates that works with other numerous invited collaborators: both established artists working internationally as well as recent graduates. We work with installation, sound, language and film, intervention and interactivity, cartography and charts.

DériveLab is a fluid conceptual framework that operates as a site for experimentation and exploration. It takes the idea of the dérive – drift – and applies it to spaces, to contexts, to disciplines and career hierarchies. Both the academic and practice backgrounds of the members in the collective offer a wide spectrum of approaches to the events and work that we are involved with. Our personal backgrounds are multicultural and cross-disciplinary, encompassing artists from the UK, Italy, Romania and Japan.

Therefore DériveLab forms a collaborative arena in which various creative or inquisitive practitioners, from artists, designers and performers to researchers, educators and musicians; from established professionals to students, come together to investigatively dismantle and creatively reconstruct the unconscious of place.

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