The NewBridge Project: Newcastle
Members: Free (£5.00 refundable deposit)
Non-members: £3.00 (plus £5.00 refundable deposit)
A one day workshop sortie into the darker macro arts of Business and Economics, a curriculum in which artists are regularly and perhaps wilfully unschooled. The morning session will draw from a wild expanse of economic theory for a crash course in contemporary Economics, against which the figure of the Artist, as either conscript or deserter, might be usefully revealed.
In the afternoon we will consider the case for Business as a medium of artistic enquiry, which might take an experimental approach to materials such as administration, entrepreneurship, trade and accounting. This conversation will span from the individual artist as a self-employed entity to the arts institution or collective; and will focus both on pragmatic needs for material survival in the present economy and a wilder imagination of how this could be different.
Kate Rich is a trade artist and feral economist, born in Australia and living in Bristol UK. Since 2003 she has run Feral Trade, an artist-operated grocery business trading goods across hybrid value systems of art, social networks and the commodity sphere. The notion of the ‘feral’ encompasses a creative approach to infrastructure and a scavenger’s attitude to both business and research (opportunistic, encounter-based, boundary-disregarding). In the case of Feral Trade, this is rendered in a grocery dealership which taps the spare carrying capacity of existing social, cultural and intellectual resources to run a robust but ad hoc underground freight network for coffee and other goods. Kate is senior lecturer in DIY and activist media at the University of the West of England, volunteer finance manager at Bristol’s artist-run Cube Microplex, system administrator for the Irational.org art-server collective, and a founding member of the European Sail Cargo Alliance. Her ongoing preoccupation is to move deeper into the infrastructure of trade, administration, organisation and economy in the cultural realm.
Accessibility: NewBridge Studios has limited accessibility, this event will take place in the Co-Work space of NewBridge Studios. We regret, due to the age of our building and its change of use we do not have a functioning lift. Please contact us prior to visiting if you require additional information regarding access and facilities.