Shapeshifting

Shapeshifting

23 February

Join us for a presentation and discussion with the London based artist-led organisation Auto Italia. Thinking through alternative methods of producing and distributing work through collaborative production, we will touch on a range of material around support systems, coping strategies, (failed) funding applications and urban planning. 

Auto Italia is an artist-run project and studio led by Kate Cooper, Marianne Forrest and Marleen Boschen. Founded in 2007, Auto Italia's collaborative work has taken on various formats ranging from public programming in temporary spaces, commissions and presentations in institutions and galleries, and the production of online projects. 

Throughout the history of Auto Italia, there has been a questioning of how artists can work together to develop new formats for artistic production. At the heart of this has been a negotiation of the city as a space for working and living, exploring its accessible cultural space and asking what the terms for accessing this might be. 

Recent projects include On Coping, Meet Z, Polymyth x Miss Information, Golden Age Problems, and Opti-Me*.

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During winter the growth of vegetative tissues and reproductive structures become minimal. When the Sun is low, we withdraw to inward-looking practice.

Jupiter Woods has spent the beginning of the New Year in quiet research, dwelling on questions derived from our programme and practice to date. These have centred on curatorial methods of care, collaborative work and ‘sustainability’ in our context, involving a four-day journey to Paris, where we met with a number of artist-run initiatives: 22 Rue Muller, Tonus, Shanaynay, La Maudite, Palette Terre and Castillo/Corrales along with Section 7 Books.

Expanding slowly, we invite you to the next phase of this exploration. It will be in the form of a series of public ‘peer mentoring’ events in February, looking to open up some of our questions in conversation with Radical Reading (Athens), Auto Italia (London) and FormContent (London and Vienna). Through this we hope to learn from each other, envisioning pathways for future practice. 

This series is supported by Arts Council England.