Situation Unit Commissions @mima

mima this Summer

Across the summer of 2015 three artists have been commissioned to question the gallery as a site for learning through artistic practice. Using their practice they will produce a site that focuses solely on the ability to exchange and unlearn preconceptions of social and political forms through artistic tools.

The blog site will archive the interventions produced by the artists and turned into a multi-functional installation creating spaces of use and no-use. Find out more.

Artists Commissioned

John Reardon (May 2015) – John Reardon is resident artist in the Politics department at Goldsmiths College where he co-convenes an MA in Art & Politics. Reardon makes single and co-authored work, work under a shared name or title, as well as anonymous work.

Harold Offeh (July 2015) – Harold Offeh’s work encompasses a range of approaches including performance, participation, video and photography. He often employs humour as a means to confront the viewer with aspects of contemporary culture.

Hannah Kemp Welch (Sept 2015) – Hannah’s practice centres around performative interventions using sound. Playing with tech, though always lo-fi, DIY, and with a sense of humour. Mainly investigating personal and social interactions when listening or experimenting with sound.

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Time to consider what we have done

This last week we have reelected a Tory government but this time a Tory government with a majority. what does this mean other than … shit.

firstly the snoopers charter is going to criminalize any form of communication that cannot be read by the state, on the ground that means our privacy has gone and we are now unable to have a conversation digitally without a third party being present. in context its like having sex with someone constantly commenting or observing your movements. we will maintain a education system that segregates the arts and only funds STEM as the route to success. We will see more people below the poverty line, benefits slashed, council tenants evicted and continued use of zero hour contracts.

there is much more than this, but as a start I think its about time we stopped and did something, its time to fight back, its time to revolt, its time to make real change not superficial efforts that maintain. Maybe this can only be done with flight with a complete abandonment of the system in attempt to create something new, something that actually benefits the many not just the few.