We Didn’t Know About the What, the Who or the Why So We Decided on the Where

We Didn’t Know About the What, the Who or the Why So We Decided on the Where, One-act play.
Publishing Class 2010/2011, part of ‘The Autonomy Project Summer School’ at DAI/ArtEZ.

For their end of year presentation in the framework of The Autonomy Project Summer School at DAI/Artez, a group of first year students will present a short one-act play that reflects on the workshops and experimental publication project they produced throughout the year during Publishing Class, organised by Casco.

The publication series, as a collective endeavor, is a monthly artistic journal that “narrow casts” to a remote community on the east coast of Canada called ‘Spencer’s Island’, taking the unknown yet specific residents as their main readership. Through it, the students exercised and explored their own capacities in a collaborative situation that challenged familiar practices of publishing within artistic practice. The play – or performance – channels the reflections of the students into the voices of three talk show participants and an otherworldly host, to discuss some of the concerns, challenges and insights met over the course of the project.

More than being about artistic publishing, the group’s project can be read rather as an artistic claim on the very notion of publishing. The play is accompanied by the fifth and final publication in the series, which contains the performance script and “readers’ response” as a document of the students’ reflections and collective process.

The performance will be followed by a panel discussion between the students and Zachary Formwalt, Wendelien van Oldenborgh and Mounira al Solh – three artists and guest lecturers of Publishing Class – to revisit and discuss the narrative and voices performed throughout the play.

July 6 2011, 15.30-16.30
Dutch Art Institute, Arnhem

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