Please join the debate with Ricardo Basbaum which will be taking place via chatroom on Post Autonomy website on Saturday from 16:00 – 20:00.
To participate in this debate you need to register on the post autonomy website.

A debate between Ricardo Basbaum, David Goldenberg and guests

4pm (London time) Saturday 2nd February

To launch a new series of debates in the post autonomy website chat room the Brazilian artist Ricardo Basbaum, who took part in last years Documenta, will talk about recent concepts of participatory practices, including the use of participatory practices in his own work.

The series of debates is intended to build up a coherent understanding of participatory practices in on-line practices, post autonomy and collaborative texts.

Everyone is welcome to take part and propose ideas for future sessions.

For further information, a complete programme of debates, and technical information please refer to the post autonomy website.

Ricardo Basbaum (b. 1961) lives in Rio de Janeiro (BR).
The artist, curator and author Autor Ricardo Basbaum has focused his work on social and interpersonal relationships and has developed a communicative framework which enables the circulation of actions and forms. Using diagrams, drawings, texts, and installations, he creates interactions in which unique personal experience of those carrying out actions and those beholding such actions are an important aspect.

His recent project Would you like to participate in an artistic experience? was exhibited at Documenta 12 last year. Working in an apprentice workshop in Kassel, initiated by the exhibition advisory council at the documenta 12, 20 steel objects were created as a necessary part of this social sculpture. The striking rectangle with slanted corners and a round hold in the middle embodies the modern destiny of form — 19 of the 20 steel objects migrated through households and meeting places across three continents, including such cities as Kassel, Ljubljana, Mexico City and Dakar. They were altered by successive and temporary owners and changed themselves. The visits of the sculptures were documented and the 20th object exhibited at Documenta 12.

Post Autonomy website is part of a project initiated by David Goldenberg, promoting a discourse on the concept of Post Autonomy.

Hope to see some of you there.

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from Post-It forum…

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Open Debate which was an event organised as part of the Participation exhibition has been transcribed by Sarah Matthews – Thank you! so much for doing this. I hope it will be a useful resource and a valuable documentation of our conversation at the gallery. It is available now here Open Debate

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Post-It Forum was an open space for discussing participation in the gallery during the time of the exhibition. It was the result of my search to introduce another possibility or another form of engagement with the works presented and with the exhibition itself. Post-It Forum developed from the idea of having a questionnaire and ended as a space which might have been considered an eleventh artwork in the exhibition, although it was not an artwork. It should be considered as a curatorial attempt to converse.

I invited everyone: artists and the public, to comment on Participation, to ask and answer questions. I created rules of engagement which were to use purple post-it notes for questions and green ones for the answers. Anyone was free to ask and answer any question.

The rules were there, but like with any rules, it was obvious that they might not be followed, so in the end both colours were used for questions and answers. And they were also used for drawings, mini graffiti marking someone’s presence in the gallery…

The Post-It Forum was also a form of data gathering. This data was to be made available publicly on this blog. Here it is Post-It Forum and it is free to use under Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial – Share Alike 2.0: England & Wales

Chantal is a practising artist who has exhibited her work at Eden Project, County Hall Truro, Salt Gallery in Hayle, Open Studios in years 2004/07 and more recently as part of More Cornwall. Chantal is also a B.A. Fine Art student at University College Falmouth.

Robin Hawes’ recent art practice has revolved around the ways in which evolution and the human brain have shaped the nature of our internal experience; our understanding of the external world and the influence this has in determining a common notion of ‘reality’.

This project aimed to look at a particular element of the human visual system, that of saccades – the staccato eye movements we each make whilst scanning and exploring the visual scene before us. In examining the processes undertaken by the eye in providing sensory data to the brain, the project highlights the internally constructive and idiosyncratic aspect of visual perception.

In collaboration with Dr. Tim Hodgson, senior lecturer at the School of Psychology, University of Exeter, the project has combined knowledge and technology from the visual sciences with a series of photographic images produced as part of Robin’s art practice. Each time someone contemplates a work of art, the work of art is re-created internally. In essence, this project will attempt to make visible this hitherto internal and unshared neurological event.

My work is concerned with the dramatisation of space, the constructions and illusions of peepshows, stage magic and scenery. I am curious about the role of the imagination and the complicity of the audience in suspending disbelief. In the 19th Century many devices of popular and home entertainment like toy theatres and peepshows used printed illustrations to create representations of actual stage shows, exotic places and famous events. In these now antiquated enclosed spaces of entertainment, with their fixed viewpoints, I have found a mixture of enchantment, mystery and voyeurism. Looking through an aperture or lens emphasises the act of looking, but are we always conscious of our crucial role in creating the vision before us?

 Diaries Book vol. 2

Diaries Book Volume2 is a celebration of daily life, women’s achievements, fictional biography and areas of knowledge where empiricism is as important as experimentalism.

Diaries Book Volume2 is a work of personal fictional narrative which explores areas of knowledge where empiricism is as important as experimentalism. Through this work, fiction and setted up rules are used in the construction of the author’s daily life reality within a certain period of time. A made up story, for instance, will become reality by living it, drawing on ideas and raise questions about truth(s). Self-hypnosis and numerology, as selected areas of knowledge, will be used as ways of knowing, understanding and possibly changing reality.

Diaries Book Volume2 seeks active participation during the process of making work as well as in its finished format at the exhibition.

The rules are not fixed, the work changes itself as it unfolds and the outcomes are left open as much as possible.

See http://diaries-book-vol2.blogspot.com/
see artist’s bio here

Sarah Matthews is currently studying for a BA in Fine Art at University College Falmouth. The content of her work relates to social constructs such as nationality and performed culture, and often takes the form of participatory works, such as games, with the logical marrying of social content with social forms.
•    June 2007: Organised a semi-curated, collaborative sculpture project at Leaf Gallery, involving 9 fellow artists using only cardboard, and a children’s collaborative workshop.
•    June 2007: Worked within a team of curators to organise the first Live Art Falmouth event, a two day programme of live art in all its diversity
•    February 2007: Exhibited work in the Fine Art BA Interim Exhibition at Falmouth Arts Centre
•     September 2006: Took on the running of Flannel Short Films, a short film night featuring work made by students of University College Falmouth.
•    April 2005: Organised an open, participatory Think-In event in the new atrium of South East Essex College, in which a large space was re-assigned for the act of reflection.

Ana Carvalho is a visual artist born in Porto, Portugal and living at the moment in Falmouth, UK.
Major themes in the work of Ana Carvalho are emotional celebrations in daily life, women’s achievements, fictional biography and ways of knowing. Experiencing different cultures and languages is a way of living.
She develops work that describes processes of interaction with other people while telling stories that are nor entirely fiction or reality.
The work is presented as live visual performance, installation/videos and on the Internet. By using images and colors she explores multiplicities in herself, gender and relationships.
Ana’s web design work can be seen at Visual Agency (www.visual-agency.net). She is co-editor of the project VJ Theory (www.vjtheory.net) and one of four members of Art in Hidden Places of Falmouth.