Moot Point 2015 – On “Generation”
proposed by Katie Dow and Louis Buckley
Originally 2015 was going to be fallow, being the 7th year of Moot Point, but we felt we would miss it too much so once again Moot Pint became the site for yet more interesting ideas and people, camping overnight in a field in Essex. The idea of Generation was explored from a variety of angles in practical ‘doing’ moots and discussion-based moots covering local history, folk songs, social anthropology and psychoanalytic approaches to political organising.
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Moot Point 2014 – interrogating dependence/independence
proposed by Juliette Brown
A variety of perspectives from social anthropology, history of science, urban foraging practice, museums practice, art practice, psychology and nationalism come together for moot point 2014.
One angle we addressed during Moot Point 2014 is our dependence on technology, and electricity in particular, another was our dependence on the earth for food and our lunch in particular (foraging wild foods). We looked at national independence in the wake of Scotland’s referendum and dependence and independence in psychological terms. We also looked at interdependence and at our dependence on common meaning and trust. Two of the moots were practical-doing moots and four were discussion-based.
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Moot Point 2013 – interrogating hospitality
proposed by Jen Clarke
This Moot Point invited moots from people from a variety of perspectives including social anthropology and practising artists to address the idea of hospitality.
Moot Point 2013 addressed hospitality from the point of view of the ecological, allotments, corporate hospitality to name a few, some as ‘practical’, doing moots, others as discussion-based.
Moot Point 2012 – interrogating failure
proposed by Charles Hustwick
This Moot Point invited moots from people from a variety of perspectives and backgrounds to address the idea of failure – personal, economic, species and institutional.
Moot Point 2012 addressed failure from a variety of perspectives from the personal to the systemic.
Moot Point 2011 – interrogating revolution
proposed by Rachel Anderson
This Moot Point invited moots mostly from artists and people with an art background to explore revolution. From the ‘Jasmine Spring’ to riots on the streets of London to the artworld’s response and the industrial revolution, this revolution includes ourselves.
Moot Point 2011 looked at revolution in some of its various permutations.
Moot Point 2010 – interrogating hard ideas
proposed by Juliette Brown
This Moot Point invited moots from a wide range of contributors to discuss the idea of how ‘difficult science’ and other ‘difficult’ areas of culture relate to wider society. What is ‘string theory’? Does it matter that most people haven’t heard of it, let alone understand it? How about other areas of difficult theory, like climate science or economics? Does it matter that most people don’t understand these either?
Moot Point 2010 looked at the intersection of various sciences, theories, culture and practice.
Moot Point 2009 – Interrogating Utopia
proposed by Alana Jelinek
At terra incognita, we are aware that while we have chosen to work in an idyll – ‘the field’ – towards idealistic goals, there is a long and tragic history behind this type of impulse. Twentieth century history is littered with idealistic systems which ultimately betrayed humanity. Yet the impulse to create better, ideal, utopian worlds or utopian solutions continues.
Art history has its utopian heroes – Joseph Beuys and the relational aesthetics work championed by Nicolas Bourriaud are just a few examples – but the futurists, who were fascists, were also idealists. They believed that they too had the answers to the problems of contemporary life. Today, utopian solutions in the artworld tend to be about creating communities, or ecologies of inter-networked peoples. Ecological conservation itself is also central to many of the contemporary utopian ideas. I hear the problematic voice of Thoreau behind all this. And yet, I too strive for ‘the good life’ with all that is culturally determined in what that means to me.
moot point 2009 was an event aimed at addressing this problematic history and impulse. Artists and others who work with these ideas presented their ideas and their positions throughout the weekend.
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