This project is a collaboration between Radar and Loughborough University's Dr Gillian Whiteley and Dr Jane Tormey, RadicalAesthetics-RadicalArt (RaRa). This project involves new commissions by artists Rory Pilgrim, Patrick Goddard and Ferenc Gróf, a two day public event and a book: Art, Politics and the Pamphleteer is to be published as part of our RadicalAesthetics-RadicalArt (RaRa) book series with Bloomsbury. It develops from an exhibition and one-day symposium Art, Politics and the Pamphleteer at the People’s History Museum, Manchester (June 2013).
For and Against: Art, Politics and the Pamphlet is a two-day research and public ‘festival’ event responding to research into the political pamphlet and exploring the relevance of the pamphlet for contemporary art practice. The programme will work across two days:
Friday 26 May, 11am - 5pm - £5 (includes lunch)
This event includes presentation, performances and rants. Artist-taxi-driver, Mark McGowan provides a keynote presentation and is followed by offerings from Ruth Beale, Tim Brennan, Dean Brannagan, Shirley Cameron, Ben Campkin, Chiara Dellerba, Andrea Gibson, Joanne Lee, radical rethink, Rebecca Ross, Miffy Ryan, Evelyn Silver, Jane Tormey, Mo White, Gillian Whiteley and Andrew Wilson.
Saturday 27 May, 11am - 3pm
Charnwood Museum, Loughborough Library and Queens Park
This day-long event takes place across sites including Charnwood Museum, Loughborough Library, Queens Park and the town’s Market Place. It will involve live performative elements by artists commissioned by Radar and a ‘market’ of stalls where public participation in the making of new pamphlets, zines and protest paraphernalia is actively encouraged. Join us!
The radical roots of the pamphlet and art: For Orwell, the pamphlet is a polemical provocation. Protest and dissent, as demonstrated in performative and/or visual polemical forms are typified by the tradition of the pamphlet. The pamphlet thereby provides a means to examine possibilities for advocacy, protest and prefiguration shared by different disciplinary fields. The Art, Politics and the Pamphleteer project proposes that the format and traditions of the ‘radical pamphlet’ may provide an alternative platform for artistic intervention and provocation.
‘It is written because there is something that one wants to say now, and one believes there is no other way of getting a hearing. Pamphlets may turn on points of ethics or theology but they always have a clear political implication. A pamphlet may be written either for or against somebody or something, but in essence it is always a protest.’
George Orwell in British Pamphleteers Volume 1, From the 16th century to the French Revolution, London, 1948
About RadicalAestheticsRadicalArt (RaRa): The RadicalAesthetics-RadicalArt (RaRa) project explores the meeting of contemporary art practice and interpretations of radicality to promote debate, confront convention and formulate alternative ways of thinking about art practice. The project has examined the intersection of philosophical ideas, art practices and aesthetics – in particular, their relationship to sensation, discourse, ethics, politics, activism, community, participation and collaboration. More information.