Frieze Art Fair – a study visit

Jonas has written an interesting post on our study visit to Frieze Art Fair last week. What did you learn, and what do you think (and feel) about the fair?

Jonas Kniel

“The spaces of public encounter, I suggest, are iconic with the spaces of discussion and debate that, from time to time, flourish in the interstices of financial and commercial institutions and personal budgetary concerns.[….]
Such is the Frieze Art Fair, where what Habermas (1989) calls the ‘culture debating public’ (of students, connoisseurs, artists, and critics) comes face to face with the culture-consuming society of Horkheimer and Adorno’s ([1944] 1972) despised culture industry—the buyers and sellers of cultural products. Frieze, like all other fairs of its type (e.g., Basel, Miami Beach, Berlin, Cologne, Turin, Venice), cuts to the heart of the relations between art, economics, and aesthetics.” (J. Kapferer, 2010)

Excerpts such as these still fresh in the back of my mind we (MACE) make our way to the Frieze Art Fair on Friday the of October. We have properly prepared by reading critical and less critical articles about Fairs…

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Business Models and Emotions

Kristen’s post raises several excellent questions we will be working on throughout the year. Look forward to class debates!

Womble On

42199186_10216108083367772_6973378750838734848_nEarlier this week, MACE students went to the London Design Festival Biennale at the Somerset House. This was an interactive exhibit with the theme of “Emotional States.” Countries submitted projects and were each given a room in which to display their work.

Before going to this exhibit, I had never really thought of countries as having emotional states. Do the emotional states of countries always come from the people, and if not, what are the other factors that contribute?

Some rooms were a reflection of that country’s current emotional state, some tried to get the visitors in a certain emotional state that may or may not have had anything to do with that country’s emotional state. Some were fluid states, some were static. Most countries focused on their present emotional state but some exhibits went further and also showed their outlook on their emotional state. It could be said that…

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Oli Gots: Cooltsalon network & Cooltzine vol.1 launch

Oli Gots (MA Creative Economy 2009-2010), is a curator and producer who has been designing and delivering memorable events in both London and Sofia. She recently returned to London with her latest collaborative project Cooltsalon and is very excited to invite us to the Cooltzine launch event on 12 May.

Cooltsalon is as a platform for ideas and creativity exchange in urban context. Through tailored events and immersive projects, Cooltsalon gives exposure to individual voices hidden behind the collective city life and creates new creative partnerships. 

Cooltsalon: culture + cool + salon = a storytelling opportunity

“A salon is a gathering of people under the roof of an inspiring host, partly to amuse one another and partly to refine taste and increase the knowledge”

Cooltsalon’s very first annual zine – Cooltzine vol.1will be launched on 12 May 2018, through a one-day-only ‘paperless’ exhibition happening beyond geographical boundaries in 4 cities simultaneously – London (Leyden Gallery), Berlin (be’kech), Belgrade (Kvaka 22), and Sofia (Cush.BAR).

Works (photos and photo collages, illustrations, mixed media) of vol.1 contributors will be presented as a video installation, while print copies of Cooltzine will be available from the partner venues. 

The zine carries on the message of re-discovering the city, re-connecting and exchanging our stories as urban dwellers.  The brief for Cooltzine vol.1 was “Neglected spaces in YOUR city where you find inspiration”, inviting visual stories as responses from different parts of the world.

Cooltzine vol.1 – Moira Ness: Atlantis (Photo courtesy of Oli Gots)

Cooltzine vol.1 – Lee Sydney (Photo courtesy of Oli Gots)

This first zine edition is made by 40 contributors, from early to mid-career artists, as well as self-taught multidisciplinary practitioners and amateur photographers. Contributors profiles can be found on Cooltsalon’s page.

Cooltzine vol.1 – Svetoslav Todorov (Photo courtesy of Oli Gots)

Find out more on the Facebook event page.

“It would be good to see MACErs participating in the Cooltsalon network! 🙂 See you all there!”

Oli Gots

Events Curator/Publicist & Marketing: Arts, Film & Multimedia

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