The Not Quite Yet & Adaptive Actions

Fri 25 Jan – Sat 01 Mar 2008
Loraine Leeson, Manu Luksch + Mukul Patel, Stacy Makishi and Lois Weaver

For The Not Quite Yet artists have responded to research with groups of older people in East London considering how the UK’s ‘ageing’ population can engage with future design processes of Technology. What if everyone had a role in deciding how society uses digital technologies? The growing relationship between networks and computer systems means the way we live is being increasingly determined by technology. The UK has an ‘ageing’ population who live with the implications of these design decisions. The Not Quite Yet asks how older people can engage with future design processes of technology.The Not Quite Yet presents an exhibition of new work by artists Manu Luksch + Mukul Patel, Loraine Leeson, Stacy Makishi and Lois Weaver. The artists have been invited to respond to a research project that engages groups of older people in East London exploring their relationship to technology and its development.

Stacy Makishi has created fashion objects inspired by Japanese Chindogu, a coined expression for the bizarre and emotional art of failed and un-useless designs. Loraine Leeson has collaborated with The Geezers group of senior men on a project to facilitate technological innovation out of their collective and extensive life experiences. The mixed media installation by Manu Luksch + Mukul Patel uses quotes from the recordings of the associated research by Queen Mary University to imagine future scenarios. The ‘Long Table’ on Democracy and Technology is a pre-exhibiton public discussion that will inform part of the exhibition. Hosted by Lois Weaver, it uses the long table method to open up the issues around the exhibition and democratise the discussion process. Lois Weaver presents a new performance developed directly from her involvement in the project to take place as a unique event on 28 February 2007.
Throughout 2007, performance artist and researcher Lois Weaver led research sessions with groups of older people in East London with the aim of helping people engage with the social and political transformations technology makes possible. The research is a collaboration based at Queen Mary University of London, involving Pat Healey (Department of Computer Science), Ann Light and Lois Weaver (Department of Drama), and SPACE.

• ‘Long Table’ discussion on Democracy and Technology: Wed 23 Jan 2008 6-8pm
• ‘If I could do one thing… ‘ Performance by Lois Weaver: Mon 28 Feb 2008, 7pm
• ‘On the Margins of Technology’ Symposium: Tue 29 Feb 2008, 11am–5pm
• Artists Professional Development: Throughout February (visit the Not Quite Yet website for more information)
• Performance Methods for Engaging more People in the Design of Technology - a one day workshop: Wed 13 Feb 2008, 11am - 5pm
Places are limited for these events and booking is essential. To book please visit the Not Quite Yet website

Adaptive Actions
Fri 18 and Sat 19 Jan 2008 from 1-6pm
Artist Jean-Francois Prost will be holding free workshops at SPACE for interested participants as part of his Adaptive Actions project. The Adaptive Actions project challenges organized space as well as the movements it imposes and is based on a call for collaboration open to all. With a developing website and publication planned later in the year these workshops provide an opportunity for artists and individuals involved in urban and architectural practices to exchange ideas, create work and collaborate.

All events are free