I will be collaborating with my NTU colleague, Joanne Lee, as invited 'curators' for the forthcoming artistic research conference event, Unconditional Love, organised by SAR Society of Artistic Research, April 30 - May 1 2015, Chelsea College of Arts / University of the Arts London. More about our proposed session Care + Attend below.
Image: Joanne Lee, Pam Flett Press, Issue 1, 'Call yourself a bloody professional'
Care + Attend comprises a constellation of fragments and extracts - of different intensities and durations - where the exposition of research emerges as a poetic and performative event, generating moments of potential resonance and dialogue. This event explores the theme Unconditional Love through the principles (perhaps even methodologies) of care and attention, as applied within specific (artistic) practices of both the everyday and of the self. Beginning with the observation that both curate and curiosity have shared etymology in the term ‘care’, Care + Attend seeks to develop a research vocabulary based on receptivity, openness, fidelity, integrity, intimacy, friendship and commitment (whilst not ignoring the parallel principles of distraction, inattention, the act of closing one’s eyes or of looking away). Cocker and Lee have invited a range of artists & writers to share and reflect on their own processes, philosophies and politics of care and attention, and to present these through live performance, screenings and spoken word.