2 Mar 2013
Socially Engaged Practice: Ethics, Aesthetics, Politics or Economics?

Our third meeting took place at the Center for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow UK, at a public forum organized and mediated by curators of the Economy Exhibition, Angela Dimitrakaki and Kirsten Lloyd.

Forum Presentations:
  • Members of the artist collective Wochen Klausur presented their work commissioned through the ECONOMY exhibition.
  • Angela Dimitrakaki, Co-curator of ECONOMY, presented recent research work, The Avant-Garde Horizon.
  • Helena Reckitt, curator, critic and senior lecturer in curating at Goldsmiths, delivered a lecture via skype presenting recent research Getting Rid of Yourself : Erasure, Invisibility and Disappearance in Recent Art.
We met informally afterwards with others including the Economy curators, forum attendees and members of the visiting artist group WochenKlausur.
Socio-economically Engaged Art’, WochenKlausur

Saejin Choi 

‘Artistic creativity is no longer seen as a formal act but as an intervention into society.’

Wochen Klausur’s projects seem to have related with direct engagement in social amelioration with local problems. They trace back to their initial inspiration by the Artist Placement Group.

In the Public Forum: Socially Engaged Practice: Ethics, Aesthetics, Politics or Economics?, their unique system could be seen in their rotating presentation by members: 4 members(Claudia Eipeldauer  et al) + 1 local artist(Alex Wilde). They have invited local artists to cooperate with for each project. Alex Wilde was invited to WochenKlausur’s 38th project collaborated with Drumchapel L.I.F.E (Glasgow). Months of research on Glasgow coincided with ECONOMY exhibition’s curator, Angela Dimitrakaki & Kirsten Lloyd’s effort to find socio-economically engaged projects. Francis McKee, director of CCA(Glasgow), helped WochenKlausur collaborating with Drumchapel L.I.F.E to encourage unemployed women to launch their local enterprise. Their research led them to suggest solution to the lack of access to fresh foods, especially fruit and vegetable, in Drumchapel. This project was to encourage grassroot corporations to have sustainability in the local market. The sustainability of this ‘participatory economy’ will have to be observed and engineered constantly by local participants and organizations like the former projects of WochenKlausur were maintained after the short and intensive intervention/engagement of WochenKlausur (weeks of enclosure in English).

On to AlterForum 4