23 January 2010

PJ's get around

I mentioned towards the end of 2009 that PJ's had been working on a few collobarative projects with other groups and organisations. One that quite a few PJ members (including myself) got involved with was a project with Iniva at Rivington Place.

We've been working as part of a group called the Inivators, who have produced a programme of events in response to the galleries current exhibition theme 'Diversity in the Visual Arts', the programme includes a modern day adaption of the Guess who board game, a Question time styled discussion and a Pop Up Court, which will be putting cultural institutions on trial for bad diversity practices.

The programme sits alongside a banging exhibition featuring artists Oreet Ashery and Larissa Sansour, Sanford Biggers, Michelle Citron, Julie Dash, Leah Gilliam, Amanda Holiday, Naomi Kashiwagi, Radhika Khimji, Tracey Moffatt, Harold Offeh, Hetain Patel, Lisa Reihana, John Sealey, Tejal Shah, Kara Walker and opens on 28th January and ends in March.

Here are the dates for your diary

Guess Who Tournament, Education Space
30 January, 2pm

Artist Yara El-Sherbini and the Inivators host an afternoon of gaming inviting you to play a new version of 'Guess Who?'. No longer the relic of the 80's, this 'Guess Who?' plays with the here and now, made in the context of difference, diversity and contemporary notions of perception.

You can play this contemporary version of 'Guess Who?', which has been created as part of the installation in the education space at Rivington Place, at any point during the Progress Reports exhibition. On specified days there is also the opportunity to become a character in the game.


Pop Up Court: Diversity on Trial
27 February, 4pm

Pop Up Court: Diversity on Trial is the staging of a court of law with the cultural sector on trial. The Inivators have endowed themselves with the authority of an independent regulatory body, with the purpose of investigating crimes against diversity in the cultural sector.

Having created their own set of 10 laws or commandments, the Inivators will be in pursuit of cultural lawbreakers through a series of ‘law enforcement’ days. Members of the public will be asked to play witness to diversity in the capital’s major arts institutions. If the institutions are found to have contravened the Inivators laws, they will be tried at the Pop Up Court.


Questionable Times
4 March, 6:30pm

Questionable Times: The group has created their own version of the popular BBC Question Time programme with a panel of guests who work in the cultural sector. The event has been developed in response to Iniva's founding mission, its history and the changes that have taken place over the last 15 years in the arts and wider society with regards to cultural diversity. The event is chaired by an Inivator and asks guests to answer some of the following questions:

• What does cultural diversity mean in the visual arts today?
• Is cultural diversity still a relevant subject or have the questions around it now been resolved?
• How can progress be made in the visual

I'm personally over excited about Oreet Ashery and Larissa Sansour, Sanford Biggers and Kara Walker, their work kicks ass and I'll be blogging about it soon.

Hope to see you there

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