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Friday Salon: Artists and Participatory Practices

1 Mar 2013

Artists Barby Asante and Emma Smith discuss their most recent participatory projects, looking at notions of locality and the nature of site-specific work as well as the people involved in such settings. The discussion will also seek to examine socially engaged art and the social function of the artist within their practice.

Emma Smith has a performative and participatory art practice that is both research and production based and responds to site-specific issues. Using an inter-disciplinary approach, including organised events, performance, participation, sound and text, she explores the inter-relation between people and place looking in particular at tacit forms of knowledge. As part of her process Smith regularly collaborates and works through the bringing together of multi-disciplinary teams. Exhibitions include Camden Arts Centre (2006), Whitechapel Gallery (2007 and 2008), The Showroom (2011), Artsadmin (2011 and 2012), Grizedale Arts (2010-2012), Tate Modern (2011), Tate Modern Tanks (2012), Arnolfini (2013), UK. She has worked on international residencies in Canada, the Canadian Arctic, China, Italy, Kenya, Latvia, Lebanon, Mauritius and Spain. Smith was Artist Fellow at The Showroom 2010-2011, is an active Fellow of the RSA and co-founder and Artist Partner of Delta Arts. Smith is an Associate Artist of Artsadmin.

Read Emma's article on participation on the ICA Blog

Barby Asante is an artist and curator based in London. Her practice is participatory and performative, either involving people in the creation of works or inviting them to take part in or respond to her proposals. She explores subjects including black music, and cultural and social significance in the creation of a post-war British identity. Recent projects include the long-running Funk Chorus, an amateur choir with a funk repetoire, and Bamboo Memories, filmed club memories commissioned by Picture This (2009). In 2011, Asante curated The South London Black Music Archive at the Peckham Space, London.

In association with Art Works and supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation


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