Auto Italia, in conversation

Meet Z, Auto Italia, 2014. Image courtesy of Auto Italia and the artists.
Trans_Disciplinary_Collboration Exhibiting_Archives Re_staging Exhibitions, 2016
Trans_Disciplinary_Collboration Exhibiting_Archives Re_staging Exhibitions, 2016

As part of  Arts Catalyst presents 9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering Revisited 1966/2016, Exhibition Studies Working Group invites artists Auto Italia to discuss their work.

Auto Italia is an artist run organisation that commissions and produces new work, collaborating directly with emerging artists. For this evening talk they will discuss a range of projects which critically engage with technologies, experimenting with alternative modes of production and exhibition formats. This will include Meet Z, an online personal guide, productivity consultant and creative collaborator. As well as Auto Italia LIVE, nine 1 hour, collectively developed works engaging the histories and format of Television, broadcast live over the internet.

This talk, organised by the ‘Exhibition Studies Working Group’, aim’s to introduce the voice of a younger generation of artists who are critically engaging in the social and political implications of technology. The ‘Exhibition Studies Working Group’ is made up of students from MRes Art: Exhibition Studies, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London and MFA Curating, Goldsmiths, University of London. They have been working together for over nine months, to critically reflect on key themes and issues raised by Arts Catalyst’s revisiting of 9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering. As well as this event they have collectively authored a publication of new writing: Transdisciplinary Collaboration, Exhibiting Archives, Re-staging Exhibitions.

About Auto Italia:
Auto Italia South East is an artist run organisation that commissions and produces new work – collaborating directly with emerging artists. Founded in 2007, it aims to provide a framework for developing alternative approaches to production and exhibition formats. Auto Italia is currently run by Kate Cooper, Marianne Forrest, Marleen Boschen and Edward Gillman.

About Exhibition Studies Working Group:
The group brought together students from two programmes both critically engaging with ideas of exhibition making or exhibition histories; MFA Curating, Goldsmiths, University of London and MRes Art: Exhibition Studies, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. These students worked together for over nine months, from February to September 2016, to critically reflect on key themes and issues raised by Arts Catalyst revisiting of this seminal event in the history of transdisciplinary art, science and technology collaborations.

During this period the group met every other week at Arts Catalyst’s Centre for Art Science & Technology. Meetings involved open discussions, sessions led by group members, and meetings with visiting artists and curators. Guests included Alistair Hudson, Director, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA) and Julie Martin, Director E.A.T.. The students eventually split into three sub-groups, each focusing on a different area of investigation. The ‘Re-staging Exhibitions’ group examined the re-staging and re-imagining of historic exhibitions and events, as a model of doing art history. The ‘Trandisciplinary Collaborations’ collective looked at examples of artists and curators working with practitioners from across disciplines.
 
Finally, the ‘Exhibiting Archives’ group look at the possibilities and pitfalls of various methods employed to make archival materials public. This collaborative process culminated in the production of the texts in this publication, conceived and written by the members of the working group. In addition they have organised a talk / event relating to their research to mark the close of the season, to be held at Arts Catalyst Centre. 

This programme is supported by Arts Council England, Cockayne – Grants for the Arts, The London Community Foundation, PACE, Afterall, Central Saint Martins, UAL, King’s Cross, Goldsmiths, University of London, University of Westminster, London: The Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM) with the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture (IMCC) and The Performance Studio.