This symposium-like event, originating in John Latham’s concept of the ‘Body Event’, was organised by Cally Spooner as part of her participation in the group exhibition Speak at Serpentine Sackler Gallery.
The event considered the body event as social and explored the contemporary demands for this social body to be event-managed. Through a number of talks, readings, performances and film screenings, the event studied the social body as variously conceived in communities, teams in workplaces and corporations, through to the general public – and ventured into moments that these ‘bodies’ might increasingly become upset, unruly, leaky, hacked or resistant.
Participants included: Dodie Bellamy, Earle Brown (performed by William Crosby, Andrew Morgan, Lucy Railon, Joe Zeitlin), Tania Bruguera/Hannah Arendt International Institute for Artivism (INSTAR), Evan Calder Williams, Tyler Coburn, Akwugo Emejulu in conversation with Victoria Lidchi, Anna Halprin, Jesper List Thomsen, Nina Power/The London Student Assembly, the Artist Placement Group (APG) and Yugoexport/Irena Haiduk.
This gathering was the third in a series of five, organised by Cally Spooner as part of her Stanley Picker Fellowship at Kingston University.