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For & Against: Art, Politics and the Pamphlet

This project is a collaboration between Radar and Loughborough University's Dr Gillian Whiteley and Dr Jane Tormey, RadicalAesthetics-RadicalArt (RaRa) and brings together research in to the radical traditions of the political pamphlet and contemporary art practice. We are delighted to be working with artists and collectives Ruth Beale, Freee, Ferenc Gróf, Patrick Goddard, Little Riot Press, Ciara Phillips and Rory Pilgrim.

Comprising a two day public event, an exhibition and the production of a new book: Art, Politics and the Pamphleteer (published part of the RadicalAesthetics-RadicalArt (RaRa) book series with Bloomsbury) For and Against: Art, Politics and the Pamphlet responds to research into the political pamphlet and exploring the relevance of the pamphlet for contemporary art practice. 

(Photo: Julian Hughes)


Current Events

Campus Exhibition, open throughout summer, 2017
Martin Gallery Exhibition Space, Loughborough University, LE11 3TU

This exhibition shares elements of this project, including new pamphlets by artists Patrick Goddard, Ferenc Gróf and Rory Pilgrim, commissioned by Radar; a selection of historical pamphlets from the Art of the Pamphlet exhibition; documentation of a series of pamphlet workshops led by artists Freee, Ruth Beale, Ciara Phillips and Little Riot Press and artworks inspired by For & Against workshops led by artists Chiara Dellerba and Sarah Green, and writer Alison Mott.


Past Events

The Art of the Pamphlet, open until Saturday 25 June, 2017
Charnwood Museum, Loughborough LE11 3BJ
Curated by Gillian Whitely this exhibition explores the local, private and public collections of pamphlets, their visual rhetoric, materiality, reproducibility and the ways in which they lend themselves to topicality.

Public Symposium, Friday 26 May, 2017
Fearon Hall, Rectory Road, Loughborough LE11 1PL
This event included presentations, performances and rants. Artist-taxi-driver, Mark McGowan provided a keynote presentation with offerings from Ruth Beale, Tim Brennan, Dean Brannagan, Shirley Cameron, Ben Campkin, Chiara Dellerba, Andrea Gibson, Joanne Lee, radical rethink, Rebecca Ross, Miffy Ryan, Evelyn Silver, Jane Tormey, Mo White, Gillian Whiteley and Andrew Wilson.

The Public Symposium was broadcast live via This Is Tomorrow, and is available to view online.


Pamphlet Day! - 11am - 3pm
Saturday 27 May, 2017
Charnwood Museum, Loughborough Library, Queens Park, Loughborough Market Place

This day-long event took place across sites including Charnwood Museum, Loughborough Library, Queens Park, Loughborough's award winning market and Mubu Hair. Involving live performative elements by artists commissioned by Radar and a ‘market’ of stalls where public participation in the making of new pamphlets, zines and protest paraphernalia was actively encouraged. 

To see the full programme for all events, please click here.


The radical roots of the pamphlet and art: For Orwell, the pamphlet is a polemical provocation. Protest and dissent, as demonstrated in performative and/or visual polemical forms are typified by the tradition of the pamphlet. The pamphlet thereby provides a means to examine possibilities for advocacy, protest and prefiguration shared by different disciplinary fields. The Art, Politics and the Pamphleteer project proposes that the format and traditions of the ‘radical pamphlet’ may provide an alternative platform for artistic intervention and provocation.

‘It is written because there is something that one wants to say now, and one believes there is no other way of getting a hearing. Pamphlets may turn on points of ethics or theology but they always have a clear political implication. A pamphlet may be written either for or against somebody or something, but in essence it is always a protest.’
George Orwell in British Pamphleteers Volume 1, From the 16th century to the French Revolution, London, 1948

About RadicalAestheticsRadicalArt (RaRa): The RadicalAesthetics-RadicalArt (RaRa) project explores the meeting of contemporary art practice and interpretations of radicality to promote debate, confront convention and formulate alternative ways of thinking about art practice. The project has examined the intersection of philosophical ideas, art practices and aesthetics – in particular, their relationship to sensation, discourse, ethics, politics, activism, community, participation and collaboration.





 

Patrick Goddard: Yesterday's future and the reality of who we actually grew up to be... (2017)

Patrick Goddard: Yesterday's future and the reality of who we actually grew up to be... (2017)

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Rory Pilgrim: The Fertile Ground (2017)

Rory Pilgrim: The Fertile Ground (2017)

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Ferenc Grof: GBP Camouflage (2017)

Ferenc Grof: GBP Camouflage (2017)

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