Friday, May 2, 2008

Residency At The Institute For The Art and Practice of Dissent at Home

This time next week I will be commencing my Residency at the Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home, run by two add three.
Two add three are a family, living in Liverpool - Capital of Culture, 2008. The institute consists of two University lecturers and their three kids, who live in a council house. They have put aside 10% of their income in order to set up a programme of residencies, events, performances and other artistic opportunities within their home. They say:
'The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home is a space for dissenting the Capitalism of Culture'
During my residency I hope to carry out a number of activities and investigate a number of things, I will:

- Photograph the interior of the institute, but only the spaces which are open to me.

- Photograph the street which the institute is on.

- Investigate any remnants left by previous visiting artists, and any other artistic activity taking place within the institute.

- Carry out public consultation processes which involve gathering quantitative and qualitative data into the impact that the institute is having on the immediate vicinity, as well as the impact of Liverpool capital of culture.

While in residence at the Institute an artist's group from Preston who met through Plaited Fog - and organised Prestival hope to visit me as research into a series of publications called PEST, organised through Castlefied's Gallery's Project Space - PEST will examine non-traditional spaces for art practice and display, which are due for publication during July 2008. I will be writing a diaristic piece about my residency for their 'Home' edition. A web based link-up has been mentioned for the launch of the publications - linking various homes across the globe - Elaine Speight, member of Plaited Fog hopes it will be something like the Eurovision Song Contest. More as soon as more is known.

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