The Autonomy Project
The Autonomy Project is a collaboration between:
The Project team is led by John Byrne (Liverpool School of Art and Design), Steven ten Thije (Van Abbenmuseum) and Clare Butcher (Van Abbenmuseum)
The Autonomy Project is an ongoing investigation and reformulation of the notions of autonomy within contemporary and modern art. The first phase of the project takes place within the context of the 18-month exhibition project Play Van Abbe at the Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven. By reflecting on on contemporary modes of artistic production, policy-making and theorising, the discussions and outcomes of the project attempt to clarify and recharge the possibilities of autonomous practice today. The first phase hones in on the region of North Western Europe and identifies the ramifications brought to bear by the specific geographic, political and historical contexts of the United Kingdom, Germany and the Netherlands.
The Autonomy Project is structured along two lines, one more practical, the other more theoretical. The aim is to create a diverse debate including artists, curators, policy-makers, conservators and academics, which can allow a fertile exchange between more abstract theoretical reflections and more practical, pragmatic issues encountered in the field. To this end we will develop two types of activities: one will give platform to a particular group and the manner in which notions of autonomy surface in their practice; the other is based on active, cross-disciplinary exchange and action. The type of activities we will organise range from symposia, conference and publications to an experimental summer schools for artists and theorists in 2010.
For further details please contact John Byrne email@example.com