Throughout this year no.w.here has been initiating a series of public working meetings, the first was held on March 17th and provided positive feedback on our recent past activities and consolidated support for our future. The second meeting took place on the 29th June following the ACE funding review, which has resulted in a 15% financial cut to no.w.here’s program up to 2015. Irrespective of this financial commitment, the systemic condition of free labour within the arts, the economic crisis and our precarious lives provokes our continual energy to address how to continue to ask the difficult questions:
How can self-organised, artist run platforms like no.w.here maintain their independent space for research, theory and practice? Where are the supportive spaces where group discussion, collective thought, and critical practices can grow and disseminate if they are removed from the Universities? How can we continue to cultivate a grassroots radical approach to artistic practice and cultural production?
We are thinking about what is happening in our current aesthetic, social, political moment and how we can address this collectively. How can we sustain values around non commercial art production? One challenge is to open up our spaces and institutions to democratic processes, to ask, for example, what it means to constitute a common space to exchange desires and share resources?
no.w.here’s third meeting is therefore framed around the values and questions associated to “membership”. It is our belief that no.w.here should further its commitment to its grassroots, collective work. This is a question around the values of belonging, expectations, needs, desires and risks involved with shaping and constituting the terms and conditions of being an active member of no.w.here. Our ambition is to constitute projects that create a community. A process that does not come with preconceived rhetoric of what a community is, but one which can be sustainable.
We invite you to attend this third meeting to think about how we might together create a new set of terms and conditions around access to no.w.here’s resources and networks. We openly encourage existing members and those thinking of joining to participate in this public working meeting.
Some of the starting threads may be picked up from the last open conversation and the minutes for this meeting are available on our website under past events.