Join CIRCA Projects at the Burnlaw Centre for the final night of World is Sudden: Summer Lab.
Exploring the concept of decentralisation (economic, cultural, technological, political) and how it affects art production, through a public event about a fictitious art collective ‘CURR-ENCY’, who allegedly operated in the North Pennines in the early 1990s.
John Fail with WiS Summer Lab artists will give reflections on the work and legacy of the collective, twenty years later: after a short introduction, participants will give ‘speed presentations’ of 3-5 minutes each, presenting their own viewpoints on the collective in short ‘performances’.
There’s been plenty of hoax-based art creations before and we’re not particularly interested in making another one just for the sake of it, or to be funny. After Roee Rosen’s Justine Frank, Luther Blissett, etc. there’s not so much joy in subterfuge. But in a workshop about decentralisation, the fictitious collective will (hopefully) be fun, and provide the safety of a constructed identity; a pluralistic approach to self-expression to open up discussion around practices of community, collective, alternatives, parallelism and niches.
This event is devised by John W. Fail as an outcome of World Is Sudden: Summer Lab, a 7-day programme (5-11 July) of performances, talks, screenings and workshops exploring the north east of England as a context for art production.
John W. Fail is an American-born artist who works in Helsinki – his practice primarily focusses on the construction of open-form collaborations and performative actions. He works in organising trans-disciplinary events, bringing together people of diverse backgrounds to experiment with collaborative creative techniques, with a focus on discordant (even irrelevant) pleasures and without regard for measurable outcomes.