As Deleuze said, “There’s no need to fear or hope, but only to look for new weapons”... And yet. We might not need these drives, fear & hope, but there they are.
East Bristol Contemporary invited Doggerland to organise show #17, opening Friday 1 December.
We used this opportunity to invite writers from previous issues of Doggerland, and in turn, commission a new set of texts in response to some of the interlinking ideas and feelings that have emerged since their publication and further conversation.
A special performance by Dylar + readings from Doggerland.
Primarily concerned with various motives for artist-run, independent, self-organised, informal, professionalised, nomadic, sporadic, domestic, digital, self-destructive activity, we have run up against counter-definitions each time we attempt to articulate what does and doesn’t constitute the artist-led, and question whether such determinations are helpful or reductive - a bit of both probably. The artist-led terrain is an ever-unstable, precarious and all the more reflexive network of communities, aware of the processes in its instrumentalisation by city councils and property developers, private capital, in the fall out of redistribution of people and places, unwanted gatekeepers of cultural capital, underfunded, overworked and often moving from one untenable contract or exploitative employer to another - Doggerland
HG x JD (audio redux), Hannah Gregory and Jesse Darling (09:53).
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