lab_Off Centre presenting Post Autonomy [curator]
research talk with guest: David Goldenberg
29 May 2008
iRes Research in Network Art, University College Falmouth, UK

Post Autonomy reflects the state of contemporary art. A meeting place and hub for discussion and exchange about ideas that extend the understanding of Post Autonomy. Post Autonomy stems from the idea that modern art, as a research or understanding of autonomy has reached its limits in comprehending autonomy. In that respect art can be seen to have exited autonomy. What comes after Autonomy in art can be discussed by Post Autonomy.

Using a practice-oriented analysis of cultural, social, and political forces the aim is to develop a new mental framework out of which art can be reinvented.

David Goldenberg is an artist, curator and writer living in London, UK. He intitiated movement in the form of a website called Post Autonomy. The site functions as a research instrument into the concept of Post Autonomy.

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lab_Off Centre is a series of events organised by iRes at University College Falmouth. Theorists, artists, philosophers, curators and others are invited to present their research and art projects which take place or/and consider the periphery in various dimensions. All the events are open to the public and are organised irregularly as informal discussions, workshops and presentations.

The underpinning question of this series of events is: how do we understand periphery in the network society which structure is based on nodal points connected by many edges; does the idea of periphery and centre cease to exist in the network condition; or is it being translated into its new environment.

lab_Off Centre is interested in presenting projects which not only or not necessarily are characterised by their geographical distance from the centre. They are chosen on the basis of their explicit or implicit connection to the relationship between centre and periphery. The aim of those meetings is to look at the spaces and situations which take place in between, creating other relations or suggesting another way(s) of understanding periphery. The common characteristic for all the invited projects, which was another basis for the curatorial choice, is the fact that they are self-organised, distributed, result of collaborative effort and grounded in scrupulous research.

The series of talks is curated by Magda Tyzlik-Carver