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ProjeKt initiated by Sophie Hope

The FUNding FACTORY attempts to interrogate the desire that many artists share: to disrupt expectations of the function of art whilst fighting for the right to be paid to do that dismantling.

The FUNding FACTORY became a framework for us to work with, among, against and in between. The starting point was the ‘cultural production line’. The culture being produced was open to interpretation. This experiment was more focused on the mechanisms and labour that enable (or not) production to continue.

This was not a typical group show of curated art works, but that seems to be the easily recognisable format that this and many other project spaces follow. Instead, I was interested in finding out if we could create an active, living space that brings our different questions and responses on cultural production to the fore.

Embedded in the factory are video portraits by staff and associates of Open Space about their experiences of negotiating these dilemmas of survival, ideology and criticality. These films have been made with Fahim Amir, Fatih Aydogdu, Gulsen Bal, Barbara Holub and Walter Seidl.

Students at the University of Applied Arts have been invited to contribute to the factory installation and intervene into the factory to reflect on their own positions as future ‘creative industry-workers’. Contributions have been made by Tina Raffel, Christoph Srb , Corina Vetsch and Reinhold Zisser.

The FUNding FACTORY became a site to reflect on the issues of the cultural production line we are a part of and how we understand our work to be relevant and critical. It invited its participants and audiences to question the mechanisms of cultural production, creative industries and art commissioning that we rely on, supply and continue to challenge.

How can we reflect on the decisions we make to work/produce in certain ways – as well as continue to do the producing/working? Can this critical reflection be possible within an art education/creative industry when we must PRODUCE PRODUCE PRODUCE in order to justify our decision to play this art game and survive the production line? What if we stop producing? Or start producing in ways that do not follow a recognisable / acceptable pattern?

What rules do you apply to your working practices as artists, curators, activists, funders or commissioners? Visitors to factory are invited to add their own anonymous thoughts, responses, confessions and insights into life on the cultural production line.

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Project: FUNding FACTORY
Dates: 8th May - 30th May 2009
Project curator: Sophie Hope

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