During Winter 2007, Canal was hosted by Peer and presented: 'Make Everything New: a discussion', 'Evil Sisters' and 'Phyllida Barlow presents'.
Monday 19 March 2007, 7pm
Make Everything New: a discussion
Canal presented a discussion between Maria Fusco, Susan Kelly and Grant Watson based around the recent publication Make Everything New: a Project on Communism. The evening featured a presentation by Susan Kelly of her work What is to be done?, with an open invitation for the audience to respond to the question. The written replies formed the starting point for the discussion.
"Communism is routinely defined as defeated and its conquest the subject of regular celebration. Caught in the disappointment and negative connotations of the past, it has become all but unthinkable. Make Everything New seeks to rescue the idea of Communism from this trap. Collaborating with artists, writers and collectives, this project has commissioned and collected counter-narratives, abstract and unrealistic ideas, engaged political commentary and satirical work, that presents neither an historical or comprehensive overview nor a requiem for the past. It is a collection of partial and subjective accounts of various creative practices, an experimental platform for ideas and an attempt to see in what ways the communist imagination can be materialised as art."
(From Make Everything New: a Project on Communism, edited by Grant Watson, Gerrie van Noord and Gavin Everall; published by Book Works, London and Project Arts Centre, Dublin. For more information: www.bookworks.org.uk)
Reading suggestion: "Interview with a Ghost", by Grant Watson.
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Canal would like to thank Ingrid Swenson, Tom Morton and Book Works for their support.