LIVE PROJECTSData-driven Platforms and Processes in Schools
Artery is facilitating a new project by Autonomous Tech Fetish working with Radical Education Forum to explore how data-driven platforms and processes are operating in schools and within childcare systems. Monitoring, surveillance, safeguarding, profiling, anti-radicalisation mechanisms, data collection and more. How do teachers, schools staff, parents and children act within these technical governing machines? How do they affect the health and well being of those being administered under these platforms? How are pedagogy practices influenced and changed to accommodate these structures and within these frameworks? Could better transparency around the collection and access to the use of children’s data offer benefits to those children beyond their current uses?
These are just some of the questions being explored at the Common House with the aim to run a series of art workshops within school settings.
Autonomous Tech Fetish (ATF) is an collective of artists, technical tinkerers, academics and activists dedicated to the making new strategies for critically exploring intersections with new technologies. We run an open tech space for gathering, sharing and making at the Commonhouse and host a series of activities such as Betty Ciphers Encryption School, public maker workshops, film club, and collaborations with other activist groups. We explore how digital technology is fetishised and how we can respond – to defetishise it or refetishise into new forms, new configurations that serve our needs and desires. In this way, we can question why technology has been made a certain way? Who has it been made for, and who has been excluded? How does or can it restructure our bodies, minds, desires? As part of the Common House, ATF is looking to work with different groups to affirm the technological autonomy of political activism, developing strategies to organise through new forms of surveillance and control. Beyond this, we are committed to co-education, creating spaces where pitfalls and hidden potentials of technologies can be explored without assumptions, to play with the innards of the physical and abstract machines that surround us.
The Radical Education Forum is a group of people working in a wide range of educational settings who meet monthly to discuss radical pedagogical theories and techniques, and contemporary issues of interest to those involved in education. We are interested in how these theories and questions can inform our practice. The Forum supports social justice in education, linking practitioners within mainstream educational institutions, community education initiatives, social movements, arts organisations and self-organised groups. Meetings are held on the last Monday of every month at the Common House.
We launched the Radical Education Workbook Saturday, October 27, 2012 at the London Anarchist Bookfair at Queen Mary University. Please download and enjoy a free copy here.
The Common House is an experiment in building a commons – a resource that is organised and structured by our collective activity as a community and not by money or property rights.
A selection of projects highlighting Artery’s past experience of working with communities and partners since 2005.
Database Addiction: Databases, Health Governance and Art Enquiry
October 2014 – October 2015
Artery will support the projects action research activities, public engagement and profiling to open up the research enquiry to others to reflect on:
- How the arts as critical enquiry can be developed with staff and institutes to reflect on technical systems in the workplace;
- How art can create exploratory space (non-discursive) within work spaces where there are layers of conflicting difference e.g. in key priorities, monitoring, protection structures and hierarchies;
- How to encourage reflection on ubiquitous data systems and on the knowledge it creates and aggregates or importantly that knowledge which is not integrated and the reasons;
- How can art interpret database structures as a type of governance which influences and even constructs forms of power and decision-making.
YoHa’s graphic vision and technical tinkering have powered celebrated collaborations since 1994. They have a renowned reputation for pioneering critical arts projects that have toured internationally.
Clinical Academic Groups
The CAG Addictions centre is part of the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. Clinical Academic Groups bring people together who are experts in their field – in areas such as addictions, psychosis and child and adolescent mental health.
Databases, Health Governance and Art Enquiry, is supported by the Wellcome Trust.
LOCAL ENGAGEMENT PROJECTS
A multidisciplinary art project working with groups of young people, in partnership with the Foundling Museum, South Camden Youth Access Point and the Camden Chinese Community Centre and produced by artists Teresa Paiva and Eleni Zagkali. Young people explored of their local environment through cross-artform practice merged with digital and interactive media and technologies. Responding to local landmarks, the history of place and of cultural, economic and political changes. The In Transition programme offered young participants new media skills and interpersonal development that resulted in a month long public exhibition at the Foundling Museum and a window exhibit at the South Camden Youth Access Point. A publication and film documenting the project from concept to realisation and reflection were also produced.
Funded by the Big Lottery, Awards for All fund.
Sense of Place (2009)
An animation film produced by young people at risk and led by artists Teresa Paiva, Claudia Tomaz and Stockwell Studios artists. Participants used mixed media including sound recordings, collage, film, photography and drawing to explore microworlds in and around Stockwell Studios green spaces. The project culminated in a free public screening of the work produced at Stockwell Community Resource Centre.
Sense of Place was part of the Big Draw 2009 programme and funded by Capital Community Fund.
I Love Peckham (2004 – 2008)
Artery was commissioned to produce several projects working with communities and the public under I Love Peckham arts programme. A Walk on the Wild Side (2008) involved creative sessions with artists in 30 participating schools in SE15 and 300 school children. The project explored the concept of journeys and cultural memories, storytelling interwoven with fantasies and aspirations. These were individually collaged within a mass of 150 disused suitcases publicly displayed in Peckham town centre as part of the annual festival programme.
Participating artists included Marisol Malatesta, Teresa Paiva, Michail Parlamas and Eleni Zagkali and funded by Southwark Council Community Fund.
Training was focused on:
- Promoting participatory arts projects, contemporary arts methods and the role of the arts in youth service settings;
- How the arts can nurture confidence and knowledge through creative project development;
- Highlighting the benefits of working and learning through arts methods or with external artists or art workers;
- Introducing a range of skills-sets and learning agendas through introduction workshops;
- Developing projects, fund-raising, project management, showcasing and profiling creative youth projects;
- Creating a space where problems experienced by youth workers on creative project development can be shared and problem-solved.
The House of Fruit & Veg. (2007)
Played on the ‘gingerbread house’ in the fairy tale Hansel & Gretel by the Brothers Grim. A small house structure was created from which to suspend strings of real fruit and veggies. Produced by artist Monica de Miranda and commissioned for Flavas Food Festival in SE15, families participated in a weekend activity stringing together the castaway produce (collected from the London Fruit & Veg Market). The activity involved discussions with artists on the nutritional value of fresh foods, trade and import and export markets, the origins fo fruit & veg, cooking, preparation recipes and more. For many young people it was the first time they had handled fresh veggies!
A pop-up arts space was set up within Acava Studios in Bermondsey, London. Situated on the 4th floor of the studio complex the independent showcasing space supported experimental collaborations and the critical exchange between two artists within each public exhibition. The temporary set up (due to the areas imminent development), offered a fast and accessible turnaround for showcasing new works and ideas and offered engagement with local community and audiences. Flutter was coordinated and programmed by artists Paula Roush, Teresa Paiva and?…Flutter and Acava Studios closed in 2014.
Destination Peckham (2007)
A multi-media arts festival, over three nights at Area 10 Project Space (now demolished warehouse spaces behind Peckham Library), on Glastonbury weekend. The cavernous warehouse spaces were turned into a visual and sonic installation of visual and live arts, aerial performance and a programme of live music. Over thirty artists were offered a ‘destination ticket’ to Peckham and responded to migration, exoticism, physical and virtual territories, playing on the notion of Peckham being a number one destination for many arriving in the UK. Destination Peckham was produced with Resonance FM as part of Camberwell Arts Festival programme.