CRATE Programme

Zineb Sedir: SAPHIR

Screening and conversation.
Saturday 29 March, 6pm.
Walpole Bay Hotel, Margate.

Zineb Sedira’s twin-screen installation Saphir (2006), was filmed in the city of Algiers – its sharp, azure light illuminating parallel stories of migration and historical legacy that are embodied in the presence of the Safir hotel, a faded architectural landmark from French colonial times. In this special presentation at the Walpole Hotel in Margate, another place where fluctuating maritime light is a constant feature, and whose recent history has also been informed by patterns of migration and architectural change, Sedira will show Saphir, and a new work, Guiding Light (2014), inspired by J.M.W. Turner.

After the screening, she will be in conversation with the critic, Lucy Reynolds. This event is a collaboration between Film and Video Umbrella and Crate, and takes place as part of Film and Video Umbrella’s 25th anniversary programme, 25 Frames. To join a walking party to The Walpole Hotel for Sedira’s screening, meet outside Turner Contemporary at 5pm to be taken on the short walk along the coastal cliffs. The hotel is a 15/20 minute walk from the town centre or a five minute cab ride.

The Walpole Bay Hotel. Fifth Avenue, Cliftonville, Margate, Kent. CT9 2JJ

For further information contact sacha@cratespace.co.uk

Micheal Crowe: RAYZON DETRA (ON ROMANCE)

Preview 15 November, 2013. 18.00 - 21.00
Open 16 November 2013 - 12 January 2014, Friday - Sunday, 12 - 5pm 

CRATE is pleased to present Razyon Detra (on romance), an exhibition of new work by Michael Crowe across Crate's project spaces and outdoor sites in Margate.

Romance can be reasonably thought of as unfashionable, twee, clichéd, anti-erotic and unrealistic in today's irony soaked world. Rayzon Detra offers a wealth of alternatives intended to breathe wild-eyed new life into this droopy genre, via texts, video, animation, survey, land art, publications and sculpture. Michael Jackson, distant planets, seeds, delicious litter, lies, unwanted sports gifts, Timmy Mallet and French New Wave all distort and melt in this contemporary swoon.

About the artist:

Michael is a writer and an artist. His large scale project, “Mysterious Letters” involves writing handwritten letters to everyone in the world (including you and everyone you’ll ever meet) with Lenka Clayton. He has exhibited internationally, most recently at FRAC, Paris; Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Switzerland; Simultanhalle, Germany. He has given talks at various venues including the BFI and the New Museum, NY and his work has been featured in Time magazine, BBC, the New Yorker, the Smithsonian and Frieze.

For more information contact curator Sacha Waldron sacha@cratespace.co.uk

Curated by Sacha Waldron

SURVEY Don Celender

CRATE's new exhibition and project space programme launched in June 2013 with The Survey, curated by Sacha Waldron.

The survey thematic is explored through four main strands:

Survey as a format for looking at the work of artists - the survey show and its relationship to the solo show, charting an artists practice; 
Survey as a form a mapping - surveying locations or tendencies.
Survey as an investigation into administrative formats, evaluation and information gathering
The Survey in terms of the conceptual mass mail-out communication processes of 1970’s conceptual artists and how we relate this to contemporary practice.

Alongside The Survey, a parallel programme entitled Exploratorium invites both emerging and established artists to use CRATE as a laboratory and space for experimentation. Exploratorium launched with Lisa Milroy's Party of One, a painting installation and exhibition that invites the public to perform Milroy's paintings. 

Sacha Waldron is the current holder of CRATE's Curatorial Bursary, supported by the Arts Council South East and a Kent County Council Grant for the Arts.

EXHIBITION AS MEDIUM: END SYMPOSIUM

Ruth Beale, Dave Beech, Desmond Church, Noel Cluet, Andrew Cross, Karen Di Franco, Janna Graham, Lily Hall, Toby Huddlestone, Sue Jones, Bob Levine, David Martin, Paul O'Neill, No Fixed Abode, Mette Kjaergaard Praest, Matthew de Pulford, Neal White
 
24 June 2012 at The Showroom, London

This was the final element of the Exhibition as Medium programme. Beginning with Start Symposium in early 2011, the programme and organisation was always perceived as an ongoing active conversation delving into alternate exhibition formats, thinking about the exhibition as one co-authored artwork rather than a space in which to show separately authored works. The programme has attempted to bridge the chasm between the discussion generated through research and process, and the 'final' exhibited product. 

This symposium presented two keynote presentations on possibility and spectatorship by Janna Graham and Dave Beech respectively. Each project as part of the Exhibition as Medium programme was reviewed and discussed by those involved, including Andrew Cross, Bob Levene, Paul O'Neill and Neal White..The symposium ended with a discussion chaired by Paul O'Neill, leading to an open dialogue inviting questions and thoughts from all attendees.

The symposium focused on the research undertaken through the programme via the following questions:

/ How can we breakdown existing hierarchies between organisations, curators and artists, instead finding some commonality of practice and expression?
/ Can we mould collective ideas together in order to co-author and co-produce exhibitions, events and artworks?
/ How can we explore a shift in authorship and control between curators and artists?
/ How can we express artistic practice, rather than just artistic product?
/ Is it more interesting and freeing to ignore ideas around the catagorisation of rigid art practices?
/ Is it more interesting to say 'I am the artist, curator, exhibition, programme and organisation' rather than 'I am the artist'?
/ What is the role of our public(s) when working on conversation-driven programmes? Can we become our own public(s)?
/ What kind of impact do programmes such as Exhibition as Medium have on audience, the art world and culture?

Over 80 thinkers including artists, curators and writers have contributed to the seven separate projects making up Exhibition as Medium, unearthing research and adopting new processes in order to investigate shifts in what the exhibition can be.

EVENT SHOW / THE WAY THINGS GO / A WAY OF DOING THINGS

Ruth Beale, Karen Di Franco, No Fixed Abode, Neal White

Sunday 3 June 3 - 6pm

CRATE presents the last event in the project spaces as part of the Exhibition as Medium programme. You are invited to join us for a series of interconnected events on Sunday 3 June starting at 3pm. Artists Ruth Beale, Karen Di Franco, No Fixed Abode and Neal White present events devised over the last few months via a forecasting technique used during the Cold War called The Delphi Method. These events form the culmination of an anonymous collaborative discussion between the artists, with the curator acting as facilitator through the entire process. The process of using The Delphi Method has allowed the artists involved to incrementally refine their ideas for Event Show, with the suggestion of five separate actions as part of one larger event. They have FORMED A COMMITTEE and issue a summons to attend a WAKE between 3 - 6pm during which time there will be RITUALISED REFRESHMENTS, DIAGRAMMATIC ACTION, PERPETUAL REMEMBERANCE and the UNVEILING OF THE FOUNDATION STONE.

Event Show / The Way Things Go / A Way Of Doing Things is a project that concentrates on collaborative working processes, focusing on research and discussion as major factors in the art-making process, rather than making and showing. It attempts to unravel working and thinking and push these often hidden processes public. Event Show began with a screening of Fischli and Weiss' The Way Things Go. This had lead to A Way of Doing Things, where notions of the natural evolution of ideas and things have become secondary to pragmatism and a sense of wanting to get things done.

The Way Things Go still exists - it was the beginning of A Way of Doing Things - a reference point for discussion and thinking, which has moved on to form something else. We can refer back to The Way Things Were and point towards The Way Things Will Be, choosing to shift philosophical position within the time-frame of Event Show

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