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Incidental Futures: Incidental Meeting

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Incidental Futures: Incidental Meeting


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This incidental meeting is part of a seven-city UK tour to explore the long term impact of the radical work of Artist Placement Group (1960-70s). In this context, the term ‘incidental’ refers to activities without a predetermined intention. The only item on the agenda of incidental meetings is the unfinished business of Artist Placement Group and its commitment to placing artists beyond the worlds of art, thereby interrupting norms in law, health, industry, education, administration and more.

We are delighted that collaborative platform General Public, formed of artists ELizabeth Rowe and Chris Poolman, will convene this incidental meeting at Eastside Projects, Birmingham. General Public propose to create a prototype board game for the future by capturing experiences and challenges of making projects in public spaces.

Taking historical case studies of the Artist Placement Group, the focus is on how to express boundaries and limitations when creating socially engaged practice. Together we will also surface local practices based in Birmingham and nearby that share the interests of Artist Placement Group.

Curatorial support for this incidental meeting is provided by Barbara Steveni, Marsha Bradfield, and Polly Wright, who are all members of Incidental Unit, the current iteration of Artist Placement Group (2016 – ongoing). This incidental meeting is part of Incidental Futures, a public programme and UK supported by Arts Council England, The Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM) of the University of Westminster Flat Time House and University of the Arts London. Incidental Futures is coordinated by Polly Wright and co-curated by Marsha Bradfield and Polly Wright.



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