On Friday 21st June and Saturday 22nd June between 12noon and 8pm Alice and I will host two days of open studios to which we invite people to come and view work made by Proboscis in recent years – to have a chat and enjoy some tea and cake. We will have work on display from projects such as Hidden Families, StoryWeir, Pallion Ideas Exchange, Lifestreams, the Periodical, StoryCubes, bookleteer, Perception Peterborough, Snout, Feral Robots, Urban Tapestries, Mapping Perception, Social Tapestries, Fifties Fashion, As It Comes, In Good Heart and others.
Many of the works will be available for purchase (details to come), including paintings and drawings by Alice Angus, a unique Large StoryCube set made for an exhibition about cyberneticist Gordon Pask, as well as many of our publications.
For those interested in signing up to our monthly participatory publishing project, the Periodical, there will be extra special gifts to take away for subscribing on the day. To find out more about subscribing see here.
We will also have lots of freebies to give away to reward those plucky enough to ascend the infamous stairs to our 4th floor garret!
Please email us to let us know you’re planning to come.
Mapping is not only about exploring and depicting a portion of territory but it can also entail travelling into, investigating and representing some unfamiliar trails inside people’s mind: setting the boundaries and drawing the many trajectories collective consciousness can cover. “The human landscape can be read as a landscape of exclusion”, starts David Sibley in Geographies of Exclusion, and the same organization and orchestration of space follows the construction and position of the self related to the category of the other and the wider context of society. If we look at our surroundings as the phenomenal embodiment of our shared imagination, then we will decipher not only the imprint of power in its many forms but also the scattered marks left by individual imageries. Alternative, subaltern stories, all those visions that are thought not to fit in, because they belong to the other side of the fence, where all that is not pure enough, according to a set of ready-made prerequisites, is dropped off.
Sometime in late June 1994 (the exact date now escapes me) the original partnership that founded Proboscis formally came into existence. Initially we were just a name and a bank account (Proboscis was eventually incorporated as a non-profit distributing company in November 1996) set up to publish COIL journal of the moving image, but even from those early days we had the seed of an idea that Proboscis could become a creative vehicle for all kinds of experiments and projects.
About a year ago we mapped most (if not all) of our relationships with partners, collaborators, supporters, funders, investors and sponsors. This image (below) gives a good indication of just how Proboscis developed a transdiscplinary and cross-sector creative practice over 14 years. Since last year we’ve added even more partners and funders: including Queen Mary (University of London); Mixed Reality Lab (University of Nottingham); University of Southampton; Haring Woods Associates; and the Technology Strategy Board among others. And we are looking forward to working with a whole new set of partners and collaborators in the year to come and beyond that for another 15 years or longer.