May
5
5:30 PM17:30

MAKING MISTAKES w/ FIONA MARTIN

Please RSVP, if you would like to attend: HERE

About the talk:

Lets face it. Making mistakes is uncomfortable, awkward and down right embarrassing!
What if we could see our mistakes in a new light and focus on what we can learn from them. 
The act of making mistakes can generally be the best way for us to learn, experiment and even gain a better understanding of ourselves. 

For an industry that is riddled with self deprecation, imposter syndrome, stress and anxiety, I hope that this talk will act as a source of reassurance and also some much needed comic relief to those struggling! A a gentle reminder that we all mess up from time to time and its OK to do so. 

Mistakes I've Made is a platform for designers to share their most embarrassing design confessions on Instagram. Designers are asked to submit a confession anonymously which must include the mistake itself and what they learned from it. The aim of the project being to re frame the way we as creatives think about mistakes….

About Fiona Martin:

Fiona Martin is an Irish graphic designer based in London. Currently she works as a full time lecturer for Shillington Education and freelance on the side. She is the co-founder of Twenty Assembly, a design consultancy and I am a member of Puck Collective.

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THE SHIP OF FOOLS PROJECT w/ FLOR FERRACO
May
5
2:30 PM14:30

THE SHIP OF FOOLS PROJECT w/ FLOR FERRACO

Please, RSVP if you would like to attend: HERE

This is a project, the artist Flor Ferraco is working on, called "The Ship Of Fools". It is a mobile interactive art-therapy based installation inspired by Michael Foucault's book "Madness and Civilization". The project consists of various handmade objects that the artist designed and made reflecting on the work she's been doing as a drama therapist. The motif and design for each piece emerged from her training and work as a drama therapist, it is based/focused on the possible needs people may have and how they can benefit from interacting with it.

The installation would be interactive and sensorial, the participants/viewers would be able to walk around, touch the objects, use them, play around, interact and maybe change the setting and transform it. As a movement therapist, the artist is aware of how the body could be affected by different life experiences and she designed the objects trying to encourage expression and communication through movement from an alternative approach.

The idea is to make a mobile installation, by this the artist means that she can the project can take place anywhere and travel to non-conventional places where people have difficulties accessing art, working creatively, visiting art galleries or any other related spaces. Some of these could be care homes, special need schools, hospitals, refugee centers, prisons, etc.

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COLLECT / RECOLLECT w/ MICHELLE COOK
May
5
12:00 PM12:00

COLLECT / RECOLLECT w/ MICHELLE COOK

COLLECT / RECOLLECT: HOW WILL WE REMEMBER CLUSTER 2019?

Please, RSVP if you would like to attend: HERE

“Constituting an archive represents a significant moment, on which we need to reflect with care. It occurs at that moment when a relatively random collection of works, whose movement appears simply to be propelled from one creative production to the next, is at the point of becoming something more ordered and considered: an object of reflection and debate.” 

– Stuart Hall – Constituting an Archive – Third Text, Spring 2001

We conclude our programme on experimental archiving by the exploring the idea of the archive as a social practice. This workshop will explore how we can forge connections between materials and histories, represent our collective identity and edit ourselves into history. After reviewing the experimental writing and drawings produced during the show, we will collectively curate a public record of the fair as citizen-archivists. The event seeks to shape the artistic legacy of CLUSTER, by creating a record of the fair.


COLLECT / RECOLLECT: HOW WILL WE REMEMBER CLUSTER?
This programme is about action and memory. It seeks to colour our understanding of what an archive is and how contemporary artists may use it to expand and enrich their arts practice. The archive is more than a collection for browsing, it is also a space in which to forge connections and articulate selfhood. To delve into an archive or look through archival material is to engage in an affective and critical practice.

Two workshops and a participatory installation will explore what it means to imagine, perceive, remember, and record. The series is free for all participating artists, and open to all makers who are inquisitive and reflexive.

Michelle Cook is a London-based writer and curator. Her practice is research-led, interdisciplinary and reflexive. She is concerned with the visibility of the archive, and models of community engagement that are participatory and dialogical. Her work explores how we perceive and respond to collections, and communication that departs from rigid uses of language.

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"MAKING THE DIGITAL" w/ PETE DAVIES
May
4
4:00 PM16:00

"MAKING THE DIGITAL" w/ PETE DAVIES

This talk is about the digital manipulation of data in relationship to craft and art, how is it achieved, does it change the end result and can it still hold authenticity.

Some anthropologists are contributing to a growing interest in art and design research that is based on fluid forms of understanding that are acquired and changed through the processes of making, especially when specifically related to materials, places and people, rather than static notions of knowledge more familiar to western academic thinking.

This expansion of how making/art creation is carried out and conceived is changing the nature of study in a number of disciplines. This talk poses questions about the antique artefact and its reinterpretation. Can perhaps these artefacts (usually kept in museums) help us understand our past and develop our futures.

In parallel with this increased interest in making within academic communities, there has also been a wider rise in the popularity of making in domestic and non-academic spaces. Since the late 1990s this movement has gained momentum and followers, as can be seen in the huge increase in ‘Hackspaces’ and ‘Makerspaces’ internationally, this has contributed to ‘seeing through’ the digital capture of data and has developed questions about authorship, replication and diversity.

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PRACTICAL WORKSHOP | DOCUMENTING ARTWORK w/ TOM BOWDITCH
May
4
3:00 PM15:00

PRACTICAL WORKSHOP | DOCUMENTING ARTWORK w/ TOM BOWDITCH

Cluster is pleased to hold a practical workshop with Tom Bowditch on the specifics of documenting artwork.

Please, RSVP if you would like attend: HERE

The workshop will be focussed around the technical aspects of documenting Artwork/Exhibitions which makes up most of what Tim do as a photographer. He will deliver a 2 hour workshop where he will give an overview of the kind of work he does and then go into how to technically approach photographing various types of artwork in a "classroom" environment and then put some of it into practice with a demo using his camera, lights and artoworks on site.

Tim Bowditch is a photographer and filmmaker living and working in London. Graduating from University of Portsmouth in 2008 with a BA in Photography Bowditch documents exhibitions, artworks and performances for many galleries, project spaces and artists directly. Institutions include Arcadia Missa, Camden Arts Centre, Copperfield Gallery, David Roberts Arts Foundation, Delfina Foundation, Kingsgate Workshops, Kunstraum, Matts Gallery, Millington Marriott, MOT International, PEER, Pi Artworks, Ryder Project, Space In Between, Space Studios, Somerset House, Sunday Painter, The Photographers Gallery, TURF, Whitechapel Gallery and Zabludowicz Collection.

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"HOW TO DIRECT THE COURSE OF YOUR CAREER IN THE ARTS" w/ BENJAMIN MURPHY
May
4
12:00 PM12:00

"HOW TO DIRECT THE COURSE OF YOUR CAREER IN THE ARTS" w/ BENJAMIN MURPHY

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Benjamin Murphy is an artist, writer, gallerist, and lecturer based in London. Since graduating, he has exhibited in over 150 exhibitions globally, at galleries including The Saatchi Gallery and the Houses of Parliament. As well as this, he is the co-founder and co-director of Delphian Gallery, which is a peripatetic gallery that focuses on showing emerging and early-career artists. Benjamin is a lecturer at University Of The Arts London, and also regularly guest lectures outside of UAL, often on the topic that he will be discussing on the 4th of May. During the talk he will cover many topics, but will also allow questions from the floor at any point during his talk so as to ensure that he discusses the things that the audience really wants to know.

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May
3
5:00 PM17:00

Q&A session with Preston Fitzgerald & RCA artists

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Cluster is pleased to welcome Preston Fitzgerald to host a talk on collecting artworks and his annual RCA collections. With previous experience from Christie’s Education and Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Preston will be in conversation with RCA students Jinya Zhao and Pam Su. Both artists will bring along work in progress pieces and test pieces to show the audience and discuss.

This talk is a great edition to Cluster and there to engage the contemporary craft scene and culture. For those with an interest in collecting artworks, curation, craft and to find out more about Preston's invaluable role in the craft scene please RSVP.

All are welcome!

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PRACTICAL GUIDE TO COPYRIGHT FOR ARTISTS w/ ACS
May
3
3:00 PM15:00

PRACTICAL GUIDE TO COPYRIGHT FOR ARTISTS w/ ACS

If you are not a Cluster member, please RSVP on: HERE

ACS

The Artists' Collecting Society (ACS) was established in June 2006 by Lady Bridgeman, founder of Bridgeman Images. ACS now represent over 500 artists including Frank Auerbach, Eileen Cooper and Paula Rego, and more than 500 estates, such as Howard Hodgkin, Barbara Hepworth and Lucian Freud. 

ACS’ company structure is unique. We are a not for profit Community Interest Company which means that all profit we make is legally locked into the company and has to be used to benefit the artistic community.  ACS currently sponsors bursaries for students at the Royal Academy Schools, Falmouth University, City and Guilds of London Art School, The Slade, Edinburgh University as well as several art prizes for emerging artists.

Talk: 

Artists' Collecting Society, Talk - a practical guide to copyright, Kimberley Ahmet will present on Friday 3 May 2019.

The ACS talk provides a practical guide that covers intellectual property rights such as the Artist's Resale Right, copyright and licencing. It has been written with burgeoning artists in mind and covers the following:

Intellectual Property:

Copyright

What is it?

What artistic works does it apply to? 

What doesn’t apply to? 

Who owns or can own it?

In Practice

Artist’s Resale Right (ARR)

What is ARR?

What does it apply to?

What doesn’t it apply to?

Who owns, or can own it?

How can I benefit?


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May
2
12:00 PM12:00

COLLECT & RECOLLECT w/ MICHELLE COOK

COLLECT / RECOLLECT: THE DIGITAL ARCHIVE AS A CABINET OF CURIOSITIES

Please, RSVP if you would like to attend: HERE

The programme will begin with a mapping activity, which will shine a light on enchanting collections from a wide range of public domain collections. The workshop will cover how to use an archive intuitively. The event is presented as a curated journey through memory, both factual and imaginative, investigative and playful. Participants will also be introduced to subsequent activities, including alternative ways of documenting immediate lived experiences through experimental writing and drawing. If possible, please bring your own laptop.

COLLECT / RECOLLECT PROGRAMME
This programme is about action and memory. It seeks to colour our understanding of what an archive is and how contemporary artists may use it to expand and enrich their arts practice. The archive is more than a collection for browsing, it is also a space in which to forge connections and articulate selfhood. To delve into an archive or look through archival material is to engage in an affective and critical practice.

Two workshops and a participatory installation will explore what it means to imagine, perceive, remember, and record. The series is free for all participating artists, and open to all makers who are inquisitive and reflexive.  

Michelle Cook is a London-based writer and curator. Her practice is research-led, interdisciplinary and reflexive. She is concerned with the visibility of the archive, and models of community engagement that are participatory and dialogical. Her work explores how we perceive and respond to collections, and communication that departs from rigid uses of language.

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May
2
to May 5

PARTICIPATORY INSTALLATION ABOUT EXPERIMENTAL DOCUMENTATION

F(EE/I)L ME: A PARTICIPATORY INSTALLATION ABOUT EXPERIMENTAL DOCUMENTATION

This participatory installation is about speaking back to the show. We want you to interact with the exhibition space through forms of alternative documentation. In the gallery, you will find information about experimental writing and drawing. How do you translate the intimacy of your experience into a record? Take a moment to breathe, observe, and render the unique ephemeral quality of your own experience of the space. These activities are part of a wider programme which explore perception, communication, and the collective act of constructing memory. What you return to us will contribute to an experimental archive for CLUSTER 2019.

COLLECT / RECOLLECT: HOW WILL WE REMEMBER CLUSTER?
This programme is about action and memory. It seeks to colour our understanding of what an archive is and how contemporary artists may use it to expand and enrich their arts practice. The archive is more than a collection for browsing, it is also a space in which to forge connections and articulate selfhood. To delve into an archive or look through archival material is to engage in an affective and critical practice.

Two workshops and a participatory installation will explore what it means to imagine, perceive, remember, and record. The series is free for all participating artists, and open to all makers who are inquisitive and reflexive.

Michelle Cook is a London-based writer and curator. Her practice is research-led, interdisciplinary and reflexive. She is concerned with the visibility of the archive, and models of community engagement that are participatory and dialogical. Her work explores how we perceive and respond to collections, and communication that departs from rigid uses of language.

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