Hullo. Meg here. I’m stepping into some curatorial/organisational shoes, this time in London, in my neighborhood of Peckham. We did afterall always bill ourselves as a ‘peripatetic organisation’. (I have since learned that peripatetic can refer to followers of Aristotle’s philosophy, and the nomadic sense is take from his ‘peripatetic school’ being one in which teaching happened while walking, which I suppose we never did so literally, but hey, there could be time for that still.)
Since moving to London I have been very interested in viewing art as a form of social interaction, and as a means for individuals to connect with communities and places. This could mean those already existing, but it can also mean creating community and place – and if we are going to say place we must also mean a particular relation to time. I have also been reflecting a bit lately on what it is to identify with the position of nomad, émigré, or one who is ‘home-loose’. I think this is interesting not just in terms of the immediate realities of the (potential) fluidity of nationhood in the current geo-political climate, but also as a philosophical or artistic position. Rosie Braidotti in Transpositions (2006) talks about the nomad position as one of multiple and disparate belongings. What might it then mean to find belongings both within and across localities, artform disciplines, or schools of thought?
With these sort of things vaguely in mind, I put my hand up to organise a performance event for the Nunhead Art Trail in the pub I live above, the Ivy House, a ‘co-operative pub’ owned and largely run by community shareholders. In thinking about the diverse ‘publics’ such an event might hope to include, I am overjoyed to have been able to string together a lineup that covers categories I somewhat tongue-in-cheekedly referred to as local artists, other artists, and local locals. Apart from my interest in drawing such a network together, of course we consider that it is a pub afterall and it is a celebration to close the Nunhead Art Trail, so I promise fun times all round. Without further ado, I invite you to attend:
Presenting Oriana Fox, Rich Kightley, Aitch Plewis, Leo Liccini, Nick Coyle, Woolly Mondays, Badger Brown, Alex Garrett-Jones, Katrin Thiemer and Irene Liverani & Alessio Mezarrobba. Curated and hosted by Megan Garrett-Jones.
Sunday 28th September, 7:30pm
The Ivy House, 40 Stuart Rd SE153BE
Come together at the end of the Nunhead Art Trail weekend for Talk/Show – a slightly less-than-formal showing and sharing of live art and neighbourhood revelations. The prompt of the talk show inspires interview, demonstration, storytelling, calls from listeners, and a couple of musical interludes. Who has the best potatoes in the Stuart Rd allotments? What actually is that artist always found at the pub working on? Talk and show all.