Printed material designed by Jérôme Rigaud using Francois Rappo’s font LaPolice BP, the first hacking of importance in the history of typography.

March 19, 2008

Organised by Anna Colin and Mia Jankowicz
27th March 2008 – 18th May 2008

Various locations, London


Disclosures is a multi-faceted project that looks at the manifestations of Open Source methodologies in fields of cultural production outside of the Internet. Openness – or its technological underpinning, Open Source – here refers to situations in which the viewer, reader, listener or Internet user becomes emancipated through egalitarian participation, collaborative authorship and/or the breaking down of hierarchical and
social boundaries.

If openness is found in varied cultural practices, it matches certain systems and economies (internet-based or media practices) better than others (the artworld or the film and music industries). Issues around Intellectual Property and copyright – and the question of whether or not diffuse authorship and unrestrictive distribution are financially viable – come immediately to mind. Meanwhile, assessing the socio-economic, political and cultural conditions for openness is a necessary step.

A second reading of openness revolves around the idea of transparency and of availability of information. Of relevance here are practices which are committed to releasing public information and resources that have been out of civic reach for political, economic, historic or bureaucratic reasons. Disclosures will address histories and genealogies that inscribe themselves outside of the rigid bonds of ‘monopolistic’ versus ‘alternative’ social and cultural activity.

A range of practitioners, from tactical media practitioners, to cultural theorists, music producers and artists, will help identify and discuss references and strategies that have been common to two interrelated areas of practice: critical media practice and socially-collaborative work in the expanded visual art field. The various facets of the project will attempt to find a common language and to set up the basis for improved understanding and greater collaboration between the two fields.


Date: Thursday 27 March 2008, 20.00–01.00
Location: Mother/333
Participants: Oliver Ressler | Eileen Simpson and Ben White (Open Music Archive)


Dates: Saturday 29 – Sunday 30 March 2008, 10.30–19.30
Location: Toynbee Hall (Saturday 29th) and Middlesex Street Estate (Sunday 30th)
Participants: Electronest | Critical Practice | Ilze Black | Tim Jones | Saul Albert | Marina Vishmidt | The MicroPolitics Research Group | Nenad Romic | Simon Sheikh | Ana Laura Lopez de la Torre | Neil Kenlock | Marysia Lewandowska | Toni Prug | Shaina Anand and Ashok Sukumaran | Adnan Hadzi | Harold Offeh | The People Speak | Emily Druiff | Tony Nwachukwu and Gavin Alexander | Matthew Fuller | Usman Haque | Tsila Hassine | Goldin+ Senneby | agency | Mai Abu ElDahab | Francis McKee | Rodrigo Nunes


Dates: Preview on Thursday 10 April, runs till Sunday 18 May. Open Wed-Sun, 12.00–18.00
Location: Gasworks, 155 Vauxhall Street, London SE11 5RH
Films by: Shaina Anand | Amy Balkin | Neil Cummings, Marysia Lewandowska, Eileen Simpson, Ben White | Carles Guerra | Nicoline von Harskamp | Tsila Hassine | Abhishek Hazra | Kurator | The League of Noble Peers | Oliver Ressler | Ashok Sukumaran


Date: Thursday 10 April, 18.30-19.30
Location: Gasworks
Event: Deleted Swedish stories. A performative lecture by artist Petra Bauer to launch the library.

Date: Friday 11 April, 19.00-21.00
Location: Gasworks
Screening: Lavorare con Lentezza – Radio Alice 100.6 Mhz (2004) dir. Guido Chiesa, scriptwriters: Guido Chiesa and Wu Ming (duration 111 min); followed by a discussion with artist Petra Bauer and philosopher Rodrigo Nunes.

Date: Monday 21 April, 11.00-16.00
Location: Ben Pimlott Building, Seminar Room, Digital Studios, Goldsmiths University of London, New Cross SE14 6NW
Workshop: Taxi to Praxi (and back again): the next layer research day, a collaboration between Armin Medosch and Adnan Hadzi to address and discuss some of the generic, rather than discipline-specific, challenges of undertaking practice-based research within academia.

Date: Sunday 18 May, 12.00-20.00
Location: Gasworks
Screening: La Commune (1999) dir. Peter Watkins (duration 345 min). Includes breaks with refreshments, food and discussions. This event will mark the closing of the library.

Disclosures is supported by Arts Council England, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Henry Moore Foundation and the Austrian Cultural Forum, London. Disclosures is part of NODE.London Spring ’08.

About Gasworks
Founded in 1994, Gasworks is an art organisation based in South London, housing twelve artists’ studios and proposing a programme of exhibitions and events, artists’ residencies, international fellowships and educational projects. Gasworks focuses on visual arts practice in its broadest sense, working discursively with UK-based and international artists to facilitate the development of their work. Gasworks’ programme is committed to providing a responsive context for the work of emerging and mid-career artists, and to disseminating critical practices to a wider audience.

Gasworks is part of Triangle Arts Trust, an international network of artists and organisations. www.trianglenetwork.org

155 Vauxhall Street
London SE11 5RH
+44 (0)20 7587 5202


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