This project is in part an exhibition on Vidéogazette and in part a look at paralell contemporary practices that employ technology and seek experimental, non-hierarchical approaches to creative and cultural production. The Philly Public School has been invited to launch a series of class proposals with accompanied posters (with the inclusion of other Public Schools) which will eventually culminate into a class or series of classes. A group will gather virtually on IRC during Tuesday evenings this month to generate material The Whole World is Watching. Deadline for this would be the first week in May. See scheduled dates and comments for detail on how to get involved.
This process will in part include the following:
• Launch online brainstorming events (Scheduled Tuesday nights in April on IRC) which will help utilize the Public School platform and familiarize people with the project.
• Propose courses and studios which explore creative self-organization, community based and politicized arts practices, the history of Vidéogazette, utilizing technology in creative production, along with the repoliticization of online and communication tools in the Occupy Movements and ideas of horizontal organization, participation, rapid exchange of information.
• Create posters to promote proposed courses
• Build interest and conversation using TPS site
• Document process and put into PDF format for online component, send material to Grenoble for exhibition
• Launch a course in real time at one of the public schools, or virtually (before June 2nd 2012)
The project is entitled ‘The Whole World is Watching,’ and consists of an exhibition and online space that will be presented at the Magasin from the beginning of June to September 2012. Drawing a line from the communication and social model proposed by the post-68 experimentation with video and television to the 2011 protest movements, the project explores the political potential of technology as a tool to define a collective space and the social relations that take place in it.
The Philly Public School's main contribution will take the form of the online component, which is conceived as a roundtable that draws in a pool of voices and responses to explore the renewal of critical and creative uses of technology for political engagement. Your work will be part of a collection of written and visual essays that will be both published online and presented in the exhibition space.
As a group, the curators have been interested in the Public School’s work for numerous reasons. They initially started to talk about P.S.’s involvement in the Occupy movements, and the way in which artistic practice can facilitate resistance by creating spaces that promote dialogue. The project looks to artists to explore creative ways to re-politicize online tools, considering the net’s duality as a medium in the current production and financial system and in the movements opposing it. Of course P.S.’s website is a core part of its structure, as a project that relies on user participation while promoting a sort of non-hierarchical working model.
The curators are also interested in strategies of collective organization as possible ways to rethink the current relations of production and would like to discuss P.S.’s point of view, as both a fixed collective through D.A.N. and a wider network of participants that contribute to each course/ event.