Open Field 2017-18: Will Peck and Smári Róbertsson

Artists-in-residence at The Cass.

Will Peck and Smári Róbertsson

Dates: 29 September to 11 November 2017

Introductory talk: Thursday 5 October, Calcutta Small Annex, third floor
Closing event: Thursday 9 November, 5pm, Calcutta Small Annex, third floor

Last time we spoke we discussed that as both our works are heavily co-authored by their materials and their processes (each of us often working with everyday apparatus and their own semi-autonomous generative processes) that during the residency we will be extending the idea of interference to not only our practice but to the whole context of the residency. A common problem in art production is the expectation or prediction of an outcome. Where the act of walking towards a destination becomes predictable and highly dependent on our skill for orientation and knowing where to go.

We will be treating the residency at The Cass as time and space for collaboration, not necessarily in the academic sense but more as a way to obstruct and mess with each other’s perceived control over the situation. Setting each other's alarm clocks to undisclosed times, allowing each other, the faculty and students to intervene in the ballistic course we instigate. Objects, fixtures and the fabric of the building and it’s own technologies and processes will be employed for the fabrication of works, as well as the voices or movements of students and staff in order to initiate and alter works in the making.

Will Peck (born 1991) is a recent graduate from the MA Fine Arts program at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam and is an alumni from the Fine Art BA course at The Cass (2014). He lives and works in London.

Smári Róbertsson (born Vestmannaeyjabær, Iceland, 1992) graduated with a BFA from Gerrit Rietveld Academie (2015) and has an MA from the Sandberg Institute (2017) in Amsterdam. He lives and works in Amsterdam. 

Please contact Ben Cain ( for further details.

Tabula Rasa, by Smari Robertsson. Sandberg Instituut, Graduation show Kunstverein, Amsterdam, 2017


Dates 29 September to 11 November 2017
Introductory talk Thursday 5 October
Closing event Thursday 9 November, 5pm
Location Open Field Studio
Calcutta Small Annex, third floor

List of texts, books and literature

  • Ian Bogost – Alien Phenomenology or What’s it Like to Be a Thing. Published 2012 by University of Minnesota Press.
  • Suzanne Guerlac – Thinking in Time: An Introduction to Henri Bergson. Published 2006 by Cornell University Press.
  • Sigurður Guðmundsson – Tabúlarasa. Published 1999 Mál og Menning, Reykjavík.
  • Juha Varto – Otherwise Than Knowing. Published 2013 Aalto Arts Books, Helsinki, Finland.

Online links