Balin House Project and Public Works
Talk 1: Broken Homes and Haunted Houses: The House in Contemporary Art
Professor Gill Perry
"This talk explores the prevalence of the motif of the house in recent and contemporary art, focussing on the symbolic possibilities of representing ‘broken’ and ‘haunted’ houses. Drawing on material in my book Playing at Home: The House in Contemporary Art, I consider some of the ways in which artists working in installation art and video have embraced the social and aesthetic challenges of representing domestic space and the ‘home’.
I draw briefly on examples of British, European and American art, with a focus on the Heidelberg Project in Detroit, a collaborative evolving project involving artists and the local community. I explore representations of the house as sites of memory, social critique, community involvement, homelessness and the modern culture of the ‘everyday’. Installation art is considered as critical medium for the representation of the house and home, as a ‘living art’ inflected with issues of gender, identity, migration, belonging, social critique and community involvement. Although some previous studies have explored ideas of the surreal or uncanny nature of artistic re-workings of the house, I argue that playful, parodic and participatory practices are central to many representations of the theme. I argue for the recurrence in contemporary art of humorous, playful and subversive (and sometimes destructive) practices that enrich the seemingly banal, ‘everyday’ themes of the house and home."
Gill Perry is Professor of Art History at the Open University and chair of The Open Arts Archive. Her books include: Women Artists and the Parisian Avant-Garde, MUP, 1995; Gender and Art, ed., Yale UP, 1999; Difference and Excess in Contemporary Art, ed., Blackwells, 2003; Themes in Contemporary Art, co-ed with Paul Wood; Spectacular Flirtations: Viewing the Actress in British Art 1768-1820, Yale UP, 2007, The First Actresses, NPG, 2011-12; Playing at Home: The House in Contemporary Art, Reaktion Books, 2013. Her forthcoming book is titled Playing – with Michael Landy, Ridinghouse, 2016.
Talk 2: Public homes: The Home as artistic practice
This talk will explore how in close collaboration with home owners, the home is designed to contribute to the informal cultural offering of the city away from the established voices that celebrate or destroy art. Through informal cultural practices, the home becomes the extension of the public arena of the city, offering itself to strangers as a place of hosting, conflict, debate and unexpected encounters. It becomes a place that values generosity, operates on an economy of gift exchange, celebrates and experiments with forms of cultural practice that the establishment is too risk averse to approach. The design of the Home, its spatial configurations, its domestic utilities are entwined between the world of the domestic home and the public gallery. What can a home as artistic practice offer the city?
Torange Khonsari obtained her professional Diploma at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London - July 1998. In 2004 she co-founded the art and architecture practice public works, an interdisciplinary practice working in the threshold of participatory and performative art, architecture and related fields of anthropology, always engaged with notions of civic in the city. Their projects are socially and politically motivated and directly impacts public space, working with local organisations, communities, government bodies and stakeholders.
As a practice it is a vehicle and an umbrella that both hosts and tests the academic research undertaken within university teaching. Torange is currently a director of public works, and teaches architecture at London Metropolitan University (The Cass). The direct two-way communication between academia and practice has enabled and enriched an exploratory environment within which public works is now operating. Published work include "public works enjoying the in between" in publication planning the unplanned, "contemporary initiative in participatory art and architecture practice", open house international publication.
This talks is the first of the three exploring the home. It is part of a larger grants for the arts application and project described below:
"My home is your home" completed in 2014 follows from "Whitechapel gift shop" project in 2010 and is the second in the public home series by public works. Public homes are privately commissioned architectural projects that work collaboratively with clients to negotiate the privacy of the home and levels of publicness it can offer to the city. It looks at a home as a public asset and the home owner as a public agent. In both projects, the homes have been opened up as informal cultural places, for artist residency, site specific performances, art commissions, talks and debates and symbolic demolitions.
Unlike the "Whitechapel gift shop" which was an old saw mill, "My home is your home" is a flat in an ex-local authority flat in Borough – London. In the 1980s due to an accident in one of the laundry rooms where a small boy died, Southwark council closed and locked all the laundry rooms. Artist Eduardo Padhill moved to an adjacent flat, negotiated access and set up an exhibition in the laundry room, opening it up to the public once again. This started The Balin House Projects in 2006.
The laundry room had its limitation due to its very small dimensions and lack of a link to the artist’s house. In 2012 Padilha bought the laundry room to expand both his home and this art space. Post expansion Balin House Projects has become an artist space where Padilha hosts discussions and debates over Sunday lunch. Last month the project was awarded a grants for the arts to explore the potentials, limitations and conflicts of an art/home. Collaboratively with public works, Balin House Projects will critically look at the home as an artistic practice through its architecture, an artist commission, series of talks and workshops.
For more information visit the Balin House Project website.
|Date||Tuesday, 6 October at 6:30pm|
|Location||The Cass, Central House, Room CE1-16
59-63 Whitechapel High St, London E1 7PF
Past public lectures and talks at The Cass
Tuesday 6th October at 6:30pm
Two talks hosted by The Cass, Professor Gill Perry (Art History At Open University) and Torange Khonsari (The Cass - London Met/Public Works). Chaired by Jes Fernie (Curator)
Exhibition by Wouter Van der Hallen is second in Figures of Speech series in Cass Windowspace.
Thursday, 22 January at 5.30pm
'Unfaithful ideas' - a lecture by Florence Peake
Thursday, 19 February at 5:30pm
"Second Hand Smoke", a lecture by the artist Marlie Mul.
Monday 13 April at 1pm
'Painting as Quadruple Object' - a lunchbox lecture by the artist Michael Lawton
Thursday 16 April at 5.30pm
A lecture by the activist and fund-raiser Neil Griffiths of Arts Emergency
Thursday, 5 February, 5.30pm
'Concrete Ideology' - a lecture by Pil and Galia Kollectiv
Thursday, 15 January at 5.30pm
'Wages for Dreamwork; or The Ambivalence of Passionate Labour' - a lecture by academic Stevphen Shukaitis
Thursday 5 March at 5.30 pm
A lecture by the artist and writer Victor Burgin
Monday 20 April, 1pm
The Solid and the Ephemeral, a lunchbox lecture by the artist and Cass alumnus Alex Edwards
19 January 2015, 1pm
Shrinking Studies - A Cultural History - a lecture by Emily Beber
Monday 02 February at 1 pm
'Everyday Value' - a lunchbox lecture by Günther Herbst
Monday 16 February at 1 pm
'The Instability of Cloth, a lunchbox lecture by the artist Katie McGown
Monday 9 March at 1pm
What Does it Mean to be a Creative Worker Today? A lunchbox lecture by the PhD researcher Sophie Frost.
Monday 2 March at 1pm
To Find My Lost Voice, a lunchbox lecture by the artist Yvonne Feng
Monday, 23 March, 1pm
Spaces and their Objects, a lunchbox lecture by the artist Grace Adam.
2 December, 5-9pm
Cass Music and Fine Art students, in collaboration, showcase their inter-disciplinary work in The Parker Gallery.
Every Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 1pm–2pm
Explore contemporary professional working methods and the creative friction of shifting disciplinary boundaries. All welcome!
9-13 February 2015
Students, staff and studios across The Cass celebrate and share their work in progress with panels of critics and invited guests.
Fernando Menis is an architect
Fernando Menis is an architect that is inspired by the geology and volcanoes in the sea. The volcanic landscape of the Canary Islands is the point of departure for his architecture.
Thursday, 29 October, 5.30 pm
Flyposting: Connotations and Concerns, a lecture by the artist at the Cass, Central House, Room CE1-16.
Exhibition presents survey of works by celebrated British Cypriot artist Mustafa Hulusi.
IT IS PROBABLY BETTER TO START FROM ZERO is a long term curatorial and artistic project taking place in the Window Space, at The Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design.
Thursday, 5 of March 2015, 6-8.30pm
Limitaction is a six month programme developed as an artistic and curatorial residency.
Thursday, 4 June 2015, 6-8.30pm
Fourth part of LIMITACTION, a six-month programme developed as an artistic and curatorial residency with Charlotte Warne Thomas.
Part of the PROTECHT public programme
'Curators - Led Tours' as part of the Protecht public programme.
20 April 6-8.30pm
Cass hosts Q-Art Crit Event
Artists, architects, writers and film makers
Artists, architects, writers and film makers to explore ideas of rurality.
Thursday, 15 January, 1pm in CR1-01
SAM will be coming next week to demo their wireless widgets: THursday, 15 January, 1pm
The first annual Cass yearbook, embodying the life, culture and achievements of the School has arrived.