This two-part workshop explores the relationship of scale in participatory or relational art through discussion and workshop critiques of participant projects.
Session one: Suzanne Lacy is joined by collaborators Penny Evans, Creative Director, University of Local Knowledge and Deputy Director, Knowle West Media Centre; Dr Angela Piccini, Senior Lecturer in Screen Media, University of Bristol; Lucio Mesquita, Head of Region and Local Programmes, BBC West at BBC; and Tom Trevor, Director, Arnolfini. They will present The University of Local Knowledge as a case study on scale, strategies, and the impact of working across sectors within communities. The University of Local Knowledge is a multi-year artwork that explores inequalities and hierarchies of knowledge and asks which values are placed on which spheres of 'expertise'. The cross-platform project includes academics, artists, and activists, working with the community of Knowle West, a social housing estate in Bristol. The presentation is followed by a conversation that engages the audience in strategies and critical implications of participatory art in an era of increasing poverty and austerity.
This follow up session is a workshop for artists currently engaged in organizing projects and who are interested in considering their work, particularly as it relates to scale, aesthetics and efficacy, in the context of like-minded artists. The group identifies key concerns and questions, considers strategies from multiple perspectives, and discusses individual works by workshop participants. Each artist or group attending is asked to bring a brief PowerPoint presentation (less than five minutes) of a work in progress or plan for a work.