Technologies of Togetherness

Date: 19 May, 4.25–5.55pm
Location: Online, Coventry University

Social artworks develop out of participatory art processes, which include education methods, dialogue, and discussion. In 2010, the ‘educational turn’ in art, was articulated by O’Neill and Wilson who describe the prevalent use of pedagogical models as used by curators as well as artists engaged in critical art projects. They explain how lectures, classes and discussions have long been considered forms of dematerialised art practice as well as operating as a supporting role for exhibitions of art in museums and biennials. It is no longer controversial to consider participatory art projects as one of the modes of contemporary art practice. Additionally, there are valuable descriptions of how art can be utilised for creative learning and access to gallery collections, (Allen 2011).

Marley Treloar and EOP Member Alex Parry will both give introductions. Their PhD research at Coventry University is concerned with understanding the role of the workshop as a place for socialization. By posing a series of questions to the speakers they will utilise the discussion in order to further their own study. The aim of the discussion is to depart from focusing upon artistic methods as a form of individual learning and move towards advocating critical debate through the making of collective art projects.

[Adelita Husni-Bey, Convention on the use of Space, 2015 – ongoing, para-legal document, five screenprints, ink on paper]


Dr Kai van Eikels combines philosophy, social and cultural studies, art theory, theatre and literary studies.

Adelita Husni-Bey is an artist and pedagogue interested in anarcho-collectivism, theatre, law and urban studies. She organizes workshops, produces publications, radio broadcasts, archives and exhibition work focused on using non-competitive pedagogical models through the framework of contemporary art to unpack the complexity of collectivity.

Dr Lucia Farinati is a researcher, curator and activist. She has developed many types of workshops in relation to her ongoing listening and dialogic practices.

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Alex Parry is a socially engaged artist with a long-term interest in how things form communities. She has a history of working in public spaces, creating events and objects that encourage collective experiences.

For the last two years, Alex’s work has largely been based around experimenting with language as a form of sculpture and politics. This has involved creating publications, events, and sculpture, whilst still working within ‘public’ spaces whether outdoors, online, or as part of institutions. She is also part of the collective Equal Voices in the Room? which runs workshops proposing alternative, more inclusive methods for discussion making.