AboutWith presentations by Kathrin Böhm, Gavin Wade (Eastside Projects), Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad (designer) and chaired by Louise Shelley and Emily Pethick (The Showroom)
Shops and forms of trade are commonly used in arts projects. The event will look at a number of different examples introduced by the speakers and discuss the motivations and different contexts involved.
In autumn 2012 The Showroom invited Kathrin Böhm to develop a project within the Communal Knowledge programme a series of collaborative projects with local and international artists to propose and activate approaches to critical engagement with The Showroom's social and cultural surroundings.
I am a shop began a new collaboration with PIP (Pursuing Independent Paths) working over a period of five months. The work developed during this time will be presented through a four day programme at The Showroom.
A printed sketchbook compiling ideas and outcomes from the workshops will be launched, a new mobile dispenser will be tested on Church Street Market and an evening discussion with invited speakers will address the possibility of models of trading and shops within contemporary art practice.
âThe production and distribution of things as a social, cultural and public realm interests me in many of my projects. The ways in which things are made and traded is where my work starts.
For the project with PIP I worked with a group of young adults who as part of their training make things and run a regular market stall.
Trading can be tedious. Sitting or standing behind a stall or a counter, answering questions and remaining friendly (or not), offering things that people might or might not want.
The starting point was the idea of a customised and wearable trading outfit, as a space and image and interface, from where you can trade in your own way.
During the weekly workshops between November 2012 and March 2013 we played with different outfits and structures and sketched numerous 2D and 3D tradeables. The list is long, from football capes to scary sweet dispensers, white board caps to rucksack shops, mobile make-up stations and top-hat-tables.' - Kathrin Böhm
PIP is a Westminster based training and education facility to support adults with learning disabilities.