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NEW Gen NOW #1: Cyberfeminism and the Digital Diaspora5th June, 6.30 - 8.30pm with Beth Siveyer / Girls Get Busy
SPACE is pleased to announce NEW Gen NOW, a series of talks and events exploring cyberfeminist practices and narratives at The White Building.
Taking its cue from the cult cyberfeminist group VNS Matrix’s seminal computer game title All New Gen, NEW Gen NOW seeks to uncover cyberfeminist strategies in the current cultural sphere and beyond.
Cyberfeminsm and the Digital Diaspora is the first in the NEW Gen NOW series of talks and events at The White Building. The talk will focus on cyberfeminist art practice in relation to emergent digital diasporas and will question the circumstances under which these artist/activist communities emerge and exist.
Beth Siveyer is an artist, curator and founder of the Girls Get Busy zine takes the position “The sort of feminism you see celebrated in the media is very one-way – it’s hetero, white, middle-class feminism,” she explains. “But now we can make our own media.” Beth’s talk will address some of the key issues surrounding representation online for female artists and creatives today.
Tickets £3 / Book here
The White Building, 7 Queen’s Yard, White Post Lane, London E9 5EN
Artwork by Zoe Burnett/Dreambeam for Girls Get Busy wallpaper

girlsgetbusyzine:

NEW Gen NOW #1: Cyberfeminism and the Digital Diaspora
5th June, 6.30 - 8.30pm with Beth Siveyer / Girls Get Busy

SPACE is pleased to announce NEW Gen NOW, a series of talks and events exploring cyberfeminist practices and narratives at The White Building.

Taking its cue from the cult cyberfeminist group VNS Matrix’s seminal computer game title All New Gen, NEW Gen NOW seeks to uncover cyberfeminist strategies in the current cultural sphere and beyond.

Cyberfeminsm and the Digital Diaspora is the first in the NEW Gen NOW series of talks and events at The White Building. The talk will focus on cyberfeminist art practice in relation to emergent digital diasporas and will question the circumstances under which these artist/activist communities emerge and exist.

Beth Siveyer is an artist, curator and founder of the Girls Get Busy zine takes the position “The sort of feminism you see celebrated in the media is very one-way – it’s hetero, white, middle-class feminism,” she explains. “But now we can make our own media.” Beth’s talk will address some of the key issues surrounding representation online for female artists and creatives today.

Tickets £3 / Book here

The White Building, 7 Queen’s Yard, White Post Lane, London E9 5EN

Artwork by Zoe Burnett/Dreambeam for Girls Get Busy wallpaper

— 3 months ago with 109 notes
Opening night & Evaluation of Unit X

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Rebecca Kay Halliwell-Sutton

HEY GRRRL, 2014

Silk Screen print on Cartridge

33.1 x 46.8 in

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Book of posters from ‘Hey Grrrl Talk’ event.

11.7 x 16.5 in

My work centres on the notions of femininity and masculinity whilst exploring ways to challenge gender stereotypes.

Hey Grrrl is a project that has evolved from a collaborative workshop I held to engage my peers in conversation about Feminism. I held a zine & poster-making workshop where we made collaged posters in response to my talk about the ways men and women are miss-represented in the media. ”

Above is the statement that was displayed in the exhibition next to my work. I selected some of the posters made by peers and course mates at my ‘HEY GRRRL TALK’ event/workshop and then included all the original posters made in a book that i made in the bookbinding workshop. My screenprint was not completely successful as due to time restraints it was my first attempt at a large screenprint and also the nature of the images on the posters that were screenprinted where not high enough in contrast to get a clear image, however I think the message of the piece still came across, and becomes even clearer when displayed alongside the book. Despite the screen print not turning out as clear as I’d have like it, I’m still very proud of the work. It is the accumulation of my all the time and effort i put into my event, and demonstrates a collaborative piece of work. 

For unit X I haven’t focussed as much on my own creative practise but instead have thrown my self into the collaborative aspect of unit x. Initially I was inspired by the artist talks by Marvin Gaye Chetwind & Julian Germain, whilst both very different creative practitioners; Chetwind creates performances and events bringing people together in a very haphazard playful way and Germain brings photography and art to young people that would not otherwise experience these creative pursuits. It was the idea of bringing people together for fun in the name of art that really excited me. I don’t think art should be exclusive and so when i created my event, the emphasis was not on making skilled work but just about experimenting and having fun whilst also taking about issues that relate to me personally and my own creative practice. 

Working with other students in the ‘Everyday group’ has been a great experience as everyone pulled together to create a successful exhibition and we really utilised our facebook group where we could communicate extra ideas outside of our meetings and help/ support each other. 

Unit X has given me the opportunity to really interact with my course-mates and other students, it has strengthened my organisation and team work skills. It was also my first opportunity to co-curate an exhibition. It has been a positive experience and it has progressed my own art practise. I will continue experimenting and developing my screen printing skills and I hope to continue to work with the public and communities. 

- Rebecca 

— 4 months ago with 1 note
The Role of Curator →

‘After a time, you train yourself that once the work is out of the studio, it’s up to somebody else how it gets shown and where it gets shown. You can’t spend all your time being responsible for how the work goes out in the world, so you do have to let go.’- Bruce Nauman

The ‘somebody else’ who is usually primarily responsible for how and where a work of art is shown is the curator. The curator selects a work for exhibition and makes decisions about the context within which it will be displayed. This requires sensitivity to the interests and intentions of the artist. The curator also needs to ensure that the work is displayed in such a way that it is accessible and meaningful to the public. Furthermore, curators working within a museum environment, have an added responsibility to their institution. It is their role, along with conservators and art technicians, to delineate a comprehensive and accurate record of the artwork for the future.

— 4 months ago
Curating Responsibilities & Set Up

When I first volunteered in my group to co-curate I was not exactly sure what the role entailed. I assumed the curator was responsible for the look and layout or the work and exhibition. Though appointing myself with this role has encourageed me to research it further. I spoke to my personal tutor Jo and she told me about her own experience with curating exhibitions. From my converation with Jo I gathered that the Curator is responsible for the look,feel,tone and overview of the show. The curator should view the Artists work and select pieces that will work with other artist and if there is a theme, will comply with it.

There were obviuos limitations with my role as curator, due to the short amount of time, many artists were still working on their final pieces days before the exhibition, myself included. Also as it is an end of year exhibition the students had a clear idea of the work they wanted to display to reflect their progress and so ‘picking’ pieces that I thought many work together was not really an option. My group also had clear ideas of how they wanted to present their work and so my role became more of an overseer of the exhibition. I think this was best as it meant the artists did not feel they were handing over their work to the curators and loosing control, by all working together it made the group a team. I still feel I have fulfilled my role as curator as I have been responsible for the promotional material and key desicion making. As I was unable to plan the work in the exhibition space before hand, my role as curator was only really needed during setup.

During setup we were presented with a very small square space and also confronted with the problem of beeing combined with an extra group after planning our exhibiton seperatly. However we all worked as a team and I addressed the group with my ideas of how to layout the space, they agreed with my ideas and so we created 4 triagular pillars from cardboard to go in each corner of our square to leave a walkway down the middle to continue to the other groups exhibition space. The 4 pillars gave us 12 large sides/walls to display work on, as well as the wall and windonws on either side. I wanted it to be clear that our group space was seperate from the others on either side, so that we had a clear identity. The other group exhibition either side of our felt crmaped due to the lack of space and so I decided we should leave the middle of our square free, so it felt more spacious, and there was a clear walkway. Kieran also made us an intresting sculptural plinth from cardboard to display my ‘Everyday’ risographed leaflet/posters on. This was displayed in the center of our space so as you entered the space it would be the first thing you’d see, and so would let people know it was the ‘Everyday group’.

(Rough plan of the exhibition space, made on the day of set up)

— 4 months ago

PROMO & POSTERS

As discussed in our last meeting - I booked the Risograph for the designers to produce promo material, however due to the short time scale, work wasn’t produced in time. I decided to take on the responsibitly and created an A3 double sided poster that could be taken away from the exhibitin as a momento. The front cover is influenced by the book ‘The Everyday, edited by Stephen Johnstone’ which the exhibition was influenced by. I used another cloud image and kept the text bold, using a quote from the book. On the back of the poster was a short description of the exhibition written by our writer - Stan, and I listed the names and contact details of everyone exhibiting. I used Indesign & Photoshop.
Ali also offered to produce a poster to dristribute to promote the exhibition, we came up the idea of having ‘one night only’ on the poster as even though at first we were dissapointed with only having such a short exhibition we used it to our advantage. This poster was shared online and distributed throughout manchester, we worked as a team and members of the group posted them in different areas of manchester. Also Sam was visiting home in Wales and promoted the exhibition their too. 
Stan also created a facebook page to promote the event which was very succesful for our online promotion. We used Ali’s poster to promote online and then linked back to the facebook page so people could find out further details.
I was really happy to be apart of promoting and designing our exhibition material as I believe we did a proffesional job and it set the tone for the exhibition.

— 4 months ago
Group Meeting - Thurs 8th May

Today we discussed in more depth the run up to the exhibition. As I am curating our space with one other member of my group I think it will be best to make decisions on where the art work will be displayed on tuesday when we see the space and everyone brings their work. As everyone has ideas on how they want their work to be displayed. We have a rough idea of how it will be presented as we have a list of who needs wall space etc. To give our group visual continuity we have decided on the same layout of our artists statements which will be stuck next to our work. They will be on A5 cartridge paper in portrait all in the same font. Also, so that our group exhibition can be distinguished from the other groups exhibiting at the same time I will be producing printed material, which i feel will give our group an identity/brand. I did think it was the marketing teams to produce this but as it has not yet been done and the set up for the exhibition is 3 days away Ive taken on the role. Also as curator I think it will tie the group exhibition together visually with printed material that can be displayed and used as advertising. 

Last week I also booked the Risograph for the designers to print there posters but there have been no further developments so i have emailed one of the designers, Amber who has designed a poster so that I can prepare the file digitally for the Riso and print tomorrow along with my leaflet/info sheet. 

Below are the notes from todays meeting written up by Natalie

’- So the exhibition is at New Century House in the NOMA district. Our space is on the 3rd floor. There are 6 glass box rooms as well as the open space and each theme will have a glass room and section of floor.

- The ideal set up is to have the glass room as the screening space for the film students and stan and anyone else who needs the projectors etc.

- On Tuesday the space is being divided up by the staff using 6ft high cardboard screens which can be then used to hang work on. Work can also be hung from the ceiling away from these ‘walls’, or even hung from the ceiling but flush against the walls if the work is particularly heavy etc. The boards can also be slotted together to form corners if that’s what anyone needs. 
If anyone has any really big pieces of work that is really heavy too, then there are some different spaces available downstairs apparently which are better for bigger, heavier stuff (but your work would be all alone and away from the rest of us waah)

- Other equipment will be supplied like fishing wire and velco fasteners etc for hanging work. There will also be vinyl grey lettering differentiating each separate theme group.

Tuesday 13th: 
-10am - front of the art school (guessing it’s grosvenor) will be a van that will be taking the work over to the space. It’ll be doing a few trips. Rick advised that if anyone has large pieces of work, to maybe bring some smaller pieces along as backup just in case we can’t fit everything in. (Any work and equipment that isn’t used can be brought back in the van on Thursday.) 
All work shown must be just from Unit X and not previous work. 
- all work needs to be labelled with:
Your Name
3rd Floor
The Everyday 
- there will then be some uni staff at the building to help take work upstairs and into our sections. 
**At 1:00pm A couple of people from our group must also go (preferably curators/installation people) to help with this**

Wednesday 14th:
-Everyone goes to the building to help sort out the space and put all the work up. We should also have some time on Thursday to do this as well just in case some people haven’t finished etc.

Thursday 15th:
- 5:00-6:00pm is a VIP opening which only us as artists in the exhibition can go to. There will be art gallery people there and also people from the city council etc. 
-6:00-9:00pm is the public opening (so yeah we literally just have 3 hours of exhibition…) 
- there will be a bar on the first floor and apparently we all get a free drink so hey maybe it wasn’t all for nothing

Friday 16th:
- Everyone goes back to the space to help take our work down and the van should be there again to help with this’

— 4 months ago
Group meeting - Weds 30th April

This was the fist opportunity I have had to meet the entire group including filmmakers and photographers. It was a successful meeting as we all discussed our work and what equipment we need for the exhibition. We made a list of equipment and passed it onto Oran so he could organise renting it all out for the exhibition.  We discussed the size of our work so I, as Curator, could start to visualise how all the work would fit together. Because the size of the space is unconventional Im not able to make a plan and so I will be supervising putting the work up in the days running up to the exhibition. 

We discussed promo printed material and the designer, Amber will be creating a poster, which I have booked the Risograph printer for the following friday to promote our exhibition. We would also like to produce a small leaflet or booklet which features our contact details and details about our work. We have also decided on us all writing a 200 word artist statement to go next to our artwork. 

I think it was a really productive meeting and we can start to visualise what the exhibition will look like.  For the next meeting in a weeks time we hope to have finalised the poster and Facebook events page and to have written our artists statements. 

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On saturday I volunteered at the arts fair to raise money for Ba Photography’s degree show. I brought all the collage materials form fridays workshop and held a more relaxed version. It was a free ‘make and take’ to engage members of the public in art! it also gave myself and my friends time to create our own posters for the Unit X exhibition. 

— 4 months ago

The final images from Fridays HEY GRRL TALK event 

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#postermaking  #collage  #craftivism 

Thanks again to Alexandra-Violet Saunders for all the photos! 

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#craft  #collage  #craftivism  #feminism  #grrrl talk 

The outcome of the HEY GRRRL TALK poster workshop..

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#hey grrrl  #grrrl talk  #feminism  #craftivism  #poster 

The outcome of the HEY GRRRL TALK poster workshop..

more to follow! 

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#feminism  #grrrl talk 

Above are a few images of the inspiration table, I laid out some books about posters along with some of my own collages and zines. 

ALL HEY GRRRL TALK EVENT PHOTOS CURTESY OF ALEXANDRA-VIOLET SAUNDERS

You can find her Unit X blog here - http://alexandrasaunders.wordpress.com/

 

— 4 months ago

HEY GRRRL TALK Event Evaluation Part Two.

After the talk I was able to relax and enjoy the live music and chat to everybody. I feel this was the most successful part as everyone really took their time to create a message for their posters. Im happy with the turn out, around 30 people came and went, which was just enough for the resources I had. I wasn’t able to get a sponsor for the craft products or refreshment so i funded the event myself. If i put on further events I’ll leave more time to gain an official sponsor. Also I was really happy with the live music, it created a buzz around the event and I think brought more people in, 3 musicians played who were all of my course. Overall I think the event demonstrated my organisational and leadership skills and I think the best outcome was brining people together. 

— 4 months ago