AboutThis is your chance to see behind the scenes in the artists' studio and get involved in the creative process. Test Run is a new, annual five week programme of performance, artists' projects, work in progress and discussion previewing themes and ideas from the upcoming exhibitions programme at Modern Art Oxford.
This first edition of Test Run will focus on the act of making as a craft, way of thinking, industrial process and political engagement. It will investigate the interplay between production and consumption in society, in which the unskilled appetite for consumption continues to grow and makers with practical skills are increasingly fetishised.
In this knowledge based economy those controlling the access to knowledge; financial, practical or personal, are amongst the most powerful in society.
Test Run is a challenge to this hierarchy, offering free access to a variety of skills, knowledge and activities while questioning perceptions and ideas about production and consumption in society.
Unlike other exhibitions at the gallery, Test Run will offer visitors access to the creative process as projects develop and evolve live within the space. It reflects on the interrelation of production and consumption and the importance of making as a way of thinking about, understanding and shaping the world.
A programme of performances, talks, demonstrations and music will form a core part of the exhibition.