Peer Forum Session #2: A Score, A Groove, A Phantom

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A score, a groove, a phantom @ Cubitt Peer Forum presents Evan Ifekoya’s work in progress as well as research ranging from the dance floor and its archives to Yoruba and other West African mourning traditions. The project ​u​tilises the body in life and death as material to investigate the erotic potential of those experiences as political formation. To paraphrase Peggy Phelan – can the affective outline of what we have lost bring us closer to the bodies we might still want to touch?

For the second part of the session, Ifekoya will be in conversation with Oakland based DJ 8ulentina, who has also prepared a mix for the occasion.

DJ 8ulentina’s name is inspired by Bulent Ersoy, a legendary transgender Turkish singer. For 8ulentina, DJing is about creating a personal archive that tells a story; it can take the form of a Turkish trance remix, an Egyptian Mahraganat track, or a sad R&B track. Keeping it feminine, fast, and worldly. 

Peer Forum Session #1: An Introduction by Osei Bonsu

Network11 are proud to announce the first of 6 sessions for the Cubitt Galleries PEER Forum bursary. Over the next 6 months we will be in conversation with an invited selection of artists, curators and cultural producers to discuss various aspects of creative practice.

The first session kicks off on Thursday 17th December, with Curator, Osei Bonsu conducting the introductory session connecting The trajectory of Black British artists today and its importance to the Art scene.

Osei Bonsu is a British-Ghanaian curator and writer based in London. His writing has been included in a number of museum and exhibition catalogues including the 56th Venice Biennial Exhibition and Milan EXPO “Arts and Food” at La Triennale di Milano. He is the founding director of CRANE, and has developed a number of projects focused on international art, including “Pangea II: New Art from Africa and Latin America” (Saatchi Gallery, 2015) and 1-54 Art Fair (2013 – 14). He advises private and not-for-profit arts organizations and contributes to publications such as New African, NKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art, Mousse Magazine, and Art Review among others.

Cubitt is an artist-led organisation based in Islington, London. Founded by a group of artists in 1991, Cubitt consists of a non-profit gallery, 32 artist studios and a locally-focused education programme.

For more information on the PEER Forum project, please visit the Artquest website.

Network 11 @ Cubitt

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Network 11 have been selected for Cubitt Galleries PEER Forum. Over the next 6 months we will be in conversation with an invited selection of artists, curators and cultural producers to discuss various aspects of creative practice. Information on the programme of events will be posted soon.

For more information on the PEER Forum project, please visit the Artquest website.

‘The Artist as Producer in Times of Crisis’

If we look back historically collectives tend to emerge during periods of crisis; in moments of social upheaval and political uncertainty within society. Such crisis often forces reappraisals of conditions of production, re-evaluation of the nature of artistic work, and reconfiguration of the position of the artist in relation to economic, social, and political institutions.

‘The Artist as Producer in Times of Crisis’ by Okwui Enwezor, 2004

Introduction

Network11 is a peer group of artists who are each grappling with contemporary art practice in an exciting array of forms including performance, sound and imagery – the UK is experiencing an interesting moment culturally, economically and politically. We feel that the recent difficulties as experienced by spaces such as Iniva and Richmix are problematic to the Art scene, particularly the current and next generation of artists whom will miss out on opportunities to engage with the pressing issues that the status quo have ignored. To a certain extent, our works relate to each other. And yet, we didn’t know each other’s work, we didn’t know of each other, as artists and peoples? It seems imperative to think through a model in which we can exchange ideas and compare notes, grow together and support each other, quite simply, a network that allows us to get to know each other. Beyond the moments of activity as echoed from art groups such as the Pan African Connection and the BLK Art Group in the 1970s/80s, we feel it is important to come together as a new generation of professionals that will not only tease new questions regarding the positions of British based artists of colour and LGBT communities, but also, to reignite relevant discussions brought about by older generations. Beginning in December of 2014, the group began and continues to meet on a regular basis to discuss new ideas surrounding contemporary art practice. Below is a list of the core members of Network11:

Larry Achiampong

Beverley Bennett

Junior Boakye Yiadom

Evan Ifekoya

Shepherd Manyika

Ima-Abasi Okon

Kamile Ofoeme

Nicola Thomas

Blurb….

ntwrk11 brings together a group of artistic professionals working in a range of disciplines, media and practices, which have come together in order to celebrate, question and intrinsically promote the developments of such practices.