The Walking Reading Group on Participation at Bow Arts, Whitechapel Gallery, Iniva, Open School East London OCTOBER 2013

Wed 9 October 2013 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Bow Arts. London
As we walked in a straight line between Bow Arts and Whitechapel Gallery, we discussed class, resistance and structures of identity, inspired by a combination of essays, fiction and images. We took a direct route along the A11 traversing Bow Road, Mile End Road and Whitechapel High Street. We had a drink at the Princess Alice Pub on Commercial Road to finish.

Jones, O. 2011, Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class, Verso, London, pp 60-72

Bauman, Z. 2008, ‘We, the Artists of Life’ in The Art of Life, Polity Press, Cambridge, pp 82-92

Rugoff, R. 2012, ‘Middle Class Hero’ in Jeremy Deller: Joy in People, Hayward Publishing, London, pp 7-21

Franzen, J. 2001, The Corrections, Picador, New York, pp 420-427

Fugitive Images, 2010, Images from Estate. Art, Politics and Social Housing in
, Myrdle Court Press, London, pp 30-41

Wed 16 October 2013 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Whitechapel Gallery. London
During our walk from the Whitechapel Gallery to Iniva in Shoreditch, we discussed activism in art through texts by Gregory Sholette, Nato Thompson and Alana Jelinek. We took a winding route, zigzagging through streets between Shoreditch High Street and Whitechapel and crossing Brick Lane a number of times. We headed north and east via Arnold Circus before arriving at Iniva. We finished with a drink at Kick Bar on Shoreditch High Street.

Jelinek, A. 2013, ‘Neoliberalism and the Artworld’ in This is not Art. Activism and Other ‘Not-Art’, I.B.Tauris, London, pp 17-42

Sholette, G. 2003, ‘Dark Matter: Activist Art and the Counter-Public Sphere’,
available at, last accessed: 25.09.2013

Kester, G.H. 2011, ‘Memories of Development’ in The One and the Many: Contemporary Collaborative Art in a Global Context, Duke University
Press, Durham, pp 116-125

Thompson, N. 2011, ‘Socially Engaged Contemporary Art: Tactical and Strategic
Manifestations’ in A Working Guide to the Landscape of Arts for Change, available
at, last accessed: 25.09.2013

Wed 23 October 2013 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Iniva. London
Collaboration was our focus for this walk, and the reading included texts by Maria Lind, Jan Verwoert and Jean-Luc Nancy. We walked from Iniva in Shoreditch to Open School East in Dalston. We headed north along Hoxton Street, east along the Regent’s Canal and then weaved westwards through London Fields and Haggerston to Open School East.  We had a drink at The Talbot.

Lind, M. 2009, ‘Complications; On Collaboration, Agency and Contemporary Art’ in Public: New Communities, Issue 39, pp 53-73

Gillick, L. 2009, ‘Maybe it would be better if we worked in groups of
three? Part 2 of 2: The experimental factory’ in e-flux journal#3, pp 6-8

Verwoert, J. 2011, ‘Notes on Collaborative Production’ in Kolowratnik, N. V. &
Miessen, M., Waking up from the Nightmare of Participation, Expodium,
Utrecht, pp 281-287

Nancy, J.L. 2000, ‘Being Singular Plural’ in Being Singular Plural,
Stanford University, Palo Alto, pp 28-41

Wed 30 October 2013 6.00 – 9:00 pm. Open School East. London
While touching on parasitism and entrepreneualism in social practice through drawing on texts by Michael Serres, Marina Vishmidt and Liam Gillick, we walked from Open School East in Dalston to Bow Arts. We followed the Regent’s Canal until Mile End Road and then continued down the A11 to Bow Arts. After the walk, we had a drink at the Little Driver pub on Bow Road to celebrate the end of the second edition. 

Serres, M. 1983, ‘Interrupted Meals’ in The Parasite, The
Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore and London, pp 3-14

Gillick, L. 2009, ‘Maybe it would be better if we worked in groups of
three? Part 1 of 2: The discursive’ in e-flux journal#2

Sholette, G. 2013, ‘50 Shades of Red: Enterprise Culture and Social Practice Art,
a Love Story?’ available at, last accessed:

Vishmidt, M. 2013, ‘ Mimesis of the Hardened and Alienated: Social Practice as
Business Model’ in e-flux journal#43