Running Out of Time: Organization as Critique


Presentation Title:

  • Running Out of Time: Organization as Critique



  • An illustrated talk on the work of Hull Time Based Arts in relation to artists intervention. Focusing on international collaboration, artists initiatives, membership organization structures and future ways of working co-operatively. Artists projects and collaborations (exhibited during the annual ROOT Festival—this year ROOTIess 97—Nomad Domain) will be used to show commissioning procedures and look at placing of artists’ technology based work in site sensitive locations/public places. The presentation will concentrate on

    1. the relationship HTBA has to a developing sense of subversion of mainstream arts practice (a development that is happening on an international scale, made easier by new communication strategies).
    2. the relationship between practice, political and practical expediency that has developed at HTBA and the way in which HTBA uses national and local funding
    3. new tactical media and ways of operating: interventions, pranks, subversions of the mainstream

    A definition of Time-Based Arts:
    “Art that is experienced for a limited period of time. Any medium or process can be used, though painting and sculpture is normally considered time based art, however carving of rocks over thousands of years by natural forces is fast enough.”
    —    Mike Stubbs, 1993

    Time-based art is a hybrid, part of the chain of “third area”, “alternative media”, “other media” but usefully all embracing not framed in relation to the first and second media or dominant media—something in itself and increasingly intertwined with electronic art. Video, slide, and web documentation of artists commissions illustrating the talk will include:

    •  Anne Whitehurs, Ida Agency/Denial
    •  Simon Poulter, Counter Marketing/Propoganda
    •  Heath Bunting/Rachel Baker, Routless/Tesco Clubcard
    •  Granular Synthesis, Modell 5
    •  Heather Ackroyd/Dan Harvey, Grass House
    •  Susan Collins, Pedestrian Gestures
    •  Roddy Hunter/Julie Bacon/Roland Miller, Dee-Commission

    What these artists’ projects share is the ability to subvert and entertain through content or placement.They intervened in audience expectations, physical location, or the system they operated on.