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Talk Online | Resurface: Countercontrol – A reading group with Black Swan

Online | Resurface: Countercontrol – A reading group with Black Swan


This event takes place online but capacity is limited, so please book a ticket to be part of the discussion. If you prefer to watch and listen without taking part directly, we will be streaming the conversation via Twitch on our Live Channel.

In this edition of the Resurface series, Black Swan share their collective project researching and experimenting with ways of giving artists control over funding, value, and decision making. Artists and organisers Laura Lotti, Penny Rafferty and Calum Bowden (Black Swan / Trust) invite participants into a reading and discussion group, focusing on a series of texts read aloud followed by conversations to explore new thinking about trans-local collaboration and sustainable economics.

Black Swan is an experiment designed to rethink the mechanisms that produce new generations of creative practitioners, proposing collaborative institutional forms to allow a redefinition of what art can be. The single observation of black swans in the 17th century invalidated the ‘fact’ that only white swans existed, only to later be rendered explainable and predictable, according to the theorist of probability Nassim Taleb. Black Swan has a utopian and conspiratorial edge: some day self-governed and self-curated funding organisations will seem so obvious that people will imagine they always existed.

Please note, tickets for this event will go off sale at 5pm on Friday 11 June, but our Front of House team will be available on email for anyone who missed signing up and would like to join – just contact info@andfestival.org.uk. You can also contact the team at any time about access requirements or questions via this address.

This event will have live subtitles provided by Stagetext, delivered by MyClearText.

Event details

Sun 13 Jun 2021, 6:00pm

Live subtitles (remote) by Stagetext

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Venue details

Abandon Normal Devices
Unit 501, Level 5, Bonded Warehouse
18 Lower Byrom Street
M3 4AP

Phone: 03448000410

Email: access@andfestival.org.uk

Website: Abandon Normal Devices

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