Just Do(ing) It, Again: The Politics of DIY and Self-Organised Culture

A day of presentations, workshops, films and discussion about DIY culture and its social, political and economic resonances.

The first Just Do(ing) It conference happened in May 2011 at S1 Artspace, Sheffield. This second get-together aims to share experiences of, and critically reflect on, alternative, underground and marginal cultural practices with a particular focus on art, music and education.

The event will take place at the legendary 1 in 12 Club in Bradford, one of Europe’s longest-running anarchist social centres. Over its three floors there will be a series of presentations, case studies, workshops, discussions and films with themes including ‘DIY, self-organisation and autonomy’. ‘punk and its discontents’, ‘collective case studies’, ‘the gift and poetry as radical gestures’, ‘artistic interventions’, ‘reclaiming labour and artisan production’ and more with contributions from:

Jack Case and Richard Houguez (London-based activists and furniture-makers)
Charlotte Cooper (musician, author, publisher: Obesity Timebomb)
Pete Dale (academic, musician, activist: Oxford Brookes/Manchester Metropolitan University)
DIY or Die (Bradford-based music collective)
Jim Donaghey (musician, academic: Loughborough University, Prix Libre collective)
For Books Sake (UK women’s writing webzine)
Alastair Gordon (musician, academic: De Montfort University)
Emma Gee (maker, academic: University of Leeds)
Jakob Jakobsen (artist, activist: Copenhagen Free University/Infopool)
Steven Jouwersma (Belgium-based artist, musician)
Jean McEwan, Ivan Mack and Georgia Mack (Wurblog contributers, Bradford)
Keir Milburn (activist, academic: Leicester University, The Free Association, Plan C)
Left Leg Gallery (Nomadic creative community)
Henry Raby (York-based poet, activist)
The Print Project (Bradford-based letterpress)

Vegan and vegetarian food will be available to purchase from the café and there will be musical entertainment, drinking and time for conversation in the evening. Places are limited so please book in advance via the University of Bradford Box Office: 01274 233200 or music@bradford.ac.uk £12 full/ £10 for members of 1 in 12 Club.

‘Just Do(ing) It, Again’ is organised by Andy Abbott through his role as Fellow in Music at University of Bradford. More info at www.brad.ac.uk/music and www.andyabbott.co.uk

Just Do(ing) It, Again: The Politics of DIY and Self-Organised Culture


Event Title: Just Do(ing) It, Again: The Politics of DIY and Self-Organised Culture
Postcode: The 1 in 12 Club, 21 - 23 Albion St Bradford, West Yorkshire BD1 2LY
Further Details:
http://www.andyabbott.co.uk