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DIY11 – Call for Participants,  CPD with Alana Jelinek

Deadline: Monday July 21st noon

Create and Live Art Development Agency (UK) are delighted to announce that artist Alana Jelinek will offer a professional development workshop opportunity in Dublin in September as part of DIY11.

"You want me to do it your way?" Alana Jelinek

Articulating contemporary approaches to feminist art and activism and celebrating its many forms.

This project is both about practice-sharing and a critique of models of alternative and activist practice that tend to be either 'Trotskyist' (led by a charismatic, usually white, male leader) or rigidly consensus, which is often purported to be feminist, though this is highly disputable. Taking Chantal Mouffe's thesis on agonism and Jacques Ranciere's on dissensus as the starting point, this project is a search for alternative feminist structures and a celebration of the wide variety of approaches to art and activist practice that model alternatives to neoliberalism and to dominant 'alternative' practices. I hope that we will encourage new untested or uncelebrated varieties of feminist art practice and feminist activist practice. The aim is to develop a network of feminist practices that are feminist specifically in the sense of modelling feminist alternatives to patriarchal structures and models of power, including the usual ways that activism is structured.

Participants will visit each other's 'sites of alternatives' at which the strategies and practices of each are discussed and analyzed in a friendly and cooperative, yet rigorous, form of art school 'crit'. These encounters may be catalogued in blog form, if deemed useful and productive by the group.

The workshop weekend of Friday 12th to Sunday 14th September will be hosted by Create, 2 Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

Application procedure

Call out for participants. Ideal number 12 participants, individuals, partnerships or groups (up to 16 people). Participants will be chosen from a short application process that requires a CV and a 500 word statement about how their practice (artistic, activist or both) models a feminist or alternative structure or approach. This must be sent to Alana Jelinek This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. cci'ng Aaron Wright This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at LADA.

Alana Jelinek

Jelinek, originally trained as a painter, but her art practice currently includes performance and site-specific interventions, as well as research. A wide ranging practice, her work stems from an ongoing concern with colonial and postcolonial (neoliberal) power and the way individuals navigate systems. One example of this is an ongoing, durational eco-art project called The Field that models a feminist structure of power. Jelinek says "Art, for me, is a philosophical praxis. What I mean by this is that, for me, art is a philosophical enquiry using materiality to explore, interrogate and enact ideas. All of my work explores mechanisms of power and an individual's relationship to these. This includes the historical colonial past, with its legacies in the present and the present within neoliberalism."

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