In 2013, Isabella developed an artist-led workshop that focused on the surreptitious networks operating within artistic practices. The aim was to reveal how artists expose, work with, critique and create hidden networks as they explore networked practices.
Through four presentations by artists working with digital and non-digital networks – Graham Harwood (YoHa, Mediashed, Mongrel, convenor of MA in Interactive Methods at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London), Lise Autogena (Reader in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University), Joanna Griffin (doctoral candidate, Transtechnology Research group, University of Plymouth) and Isabella Streffen (Post-doctoral research associate at CRUMB) – along with Sarah Cook (co-founder, CRUMB), the workshop looked at the practices, strategies and critical perspectives of artists as they generated inadvertent networks through investigating networks.
Discussions touched upon methods and meanings of network creation, both deliberate and accidental, and the relationship between the human and the non-human.
The workshops were broadcast by basicfm, and there were three critical writing bursaries on offer to reflect on networks, the workshop, and the practices shared by the participating artists. You can read them here: Surreptitious Networks bursary essays by Peter Merrington, Peter J. Evans, and Catherine Spencer.
Main image courtesy of Pete Hindle.