Where does culture happen? is a publication resulting from a two year collaboration between TENT platform for contemporary art in Rotterdam and Tate Young People’s Programmes. The book invites makers from Rotterdam and London provide answers, both in text and image, to the title question. They shine light on the collective places and moments where the culture they regard as their ‘own’ emerges and is experienced and shared. They describe the living room, the dance floor, the ritual funeral, the night shop, and the street as places where culture nestles and develops. Some reflect on this question in relation to their own practice, describing how the culture therein is not static but shifts, mixes and re-forms. Others focus on creating collective spaces of togetherness or a feeling of being alientated from the dominant culture.
The Where does culture happen? publication offers more than a common answer to a question; it is a conversation between makers who claim space and make room for sharing and advancing their cultural practices and those outside of or moving in between the cultural infrastructure of institutions. exploring the communal and personal spaces where cultural production happens, as part of TENT x Tate.
I was invited to create a collage for the centre page spread of the publication, and devise a performance to activate the collage for the publication launch in Rotterdam, in March 2019.
Photos from the launch event: