International Symposium: 12-Hour Action Group
International Symposium: 12-Hour Action Group

International Symposium: 12-Hour Action Group

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Of Other Spaces: Where Does Gesture Become Event?
International Symposium

12 Hour Action Group
Saturday 3 December, 11:00am - 11:00pm

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Free, RSVP essential via Eventbrite

Keynote Speakers: Amelia Jones, Lynda Morris, Laura Mulvey, Adele Patrick and Marina Vishmidt.

Contributors: Anne Bean; James Bell; Tessa Berring; Anne Laure Coxam; Lynn Davidson; Cullinan Richards; Gordon Douglas; Rose English; Laura Edbrook and Sarah Forrest (Sick Sick Sick); Georgi Gill; Marjorie Lotfi Gill; Althea Greenan; Jane Goldman; Victoria Horne; Kirsty Logan, Linder; Katharine Meynell; Rachel McCrum; Jane McKie; Theresa Munoz; Annabel Nicolson; Su Richardson; Hannah O’Shea; Sarah Smart; Catherine Spencer; Alice Tarbuck; Amy Tobin; Karen Veitch; JL Williams.

Ringmistresses: Beth Bate, Cullinan Richards, Sophia Hao and Catherine Spencer.


Always unforeseen, an event is a radical break from the dominant order. In its declaration that other worlds are possible, an event overturns prejudices, assumptions and habits of thought.

An event, if it is anything, is an opening, a revealing of possibility, and it is this potential that the 12 Hour Action Group, the culminating event of Cooper Gallery’s major programme Of Other Spaces: Where Does Gesture Become Event? embraces through the inherently radical, dissonant and often luxuriantly subversive thought and action practised by the artists, writers and thinkers occupying Of Other Spaces.

The title of the programme is a homage to Hannah Arendt who considered politics the ‘space of appearance’; a means of being seen and heard. Deprived of this, gestures whether artistic, social or political, cannot become events that usher in new alternatives. Summoning Arendt’s transgressive and rupturing ‘space of appearance’, Of Other Spaces: Where Does Gesture Become Event? reignites feminist insights as a means to provoke gestures into events.

Inspired by ‘action groups’ in the 1970s and 80s that sought to achieve changes to a particular situation, 12 Hour Action Group foregrounds practices of resistance, collectivity and self-organisation. It was this seditiousness that enabled feminist thinking to become a volatile politics instigating urgent alternatives to the cultural, political and economic machinery of power.

Galvanised by keynote talks, collective readings, actions, performances, screenings and a round table discussion all determined by an ethos of dialogue and experimentation, 12 Hour Action Group draws upon a kaleidoscope of methods to construct a dynamic, open and collaborative arena that contests what is visible and invisible, thinkable and unthinkable.

The 12 Hour Action Group is free to attend, however we expect to be at capacity for the event, therefore please RSVP via our Eventbrite page.


12 Hour Action Group Schedule

10:45 Registration

11:00 Fairy-tale reading by Kirsty Logan: The Keep

11:10 Performance, conceived by Linder and performed by Lauren Fitzpatrick & volunteers: Love imposes impossible tasks (Part One)

11:15 Fairy-tale reading by Kirsty Logan: Star, Witch, Bear

11:25 The first in a set of Annotations, conceived and performed throughout the event by Cullinan Richards.

11:35 Keynote talk by Amelia Jones & Immediate response: Encountering: Gesture as Event, or, The Conceptual Body

12:05 Collective Writing/Reading, by 12 Edinburgh Women writers: Content work produce form (Action 1)

12:15 An Action by Gordon Douglas with Kate Stobbart: Work-in-Progress

12:25 Keynote talk by Marina Vishmidt & Immediate response Social Reproduction as Problem and Medium

12:55 Lunch Break

13:35 Afternoon session introduced by Beth Bate

13:40 Performance We dance ourselves! Re: Rosas! by Madira Gregurek, Corinne Jola, Kaja Jurkowska, Tom Wohlfhaht

13:50 Performative video-essay by Sick Sick Sick/ Laura Edbrook & Sarah Forrest: It is this it is this, it is this

14:05 Keynote talk by Laura Mulvey & Immediate response

14:35 Collective Writing/Reading, by 12 Edinburgh women writers content work produce form (Action 2)

14:45 Reading by James Bell: The Sphere

14:55 Keynote talk by Adele Patrick & Immediate response Claiming Space: activism, agency & art in the (re)making of Glasgow Women’s Library

15:25 Performance reading by JL Williams itself the present

15:35 Performance, conceived by Linder and performed by Lauren Fitzpatrick and volunteers Love imposes impossible tasks (Part Two)

15:45 Coffee/tea break

16:00 Keynote presentation by Lynda Morris & Immediate response: Duplicity: Gender and Class

16:30 Action Group Round Table Discussion Chaired by Catherine Spencer with Anne Bean, Rose English, Amelia Jones, Linder, Lynda Morris, Laura Mulvey, Hannah O’Shea, Adele Patrick, Su Richardson and Marina Vishmidt.

17:15 Screening by Annabel Nicolson: Firefilm

17:25 Presentation by Althea Greenan: Women Artists Slide Write

17:40 Performance, conceived by Sarah Smart and performed by Kristopher Curran: IT Girl: The Future Is Not Male

17:50 Comfort Break

18:00 Performance by Hannah O’Shea Litany for Women Artists

18:30 Performance/presentation by Amy Tobin & Marina Vishmidt: Shedding Skins and Making Appearances

18:45 Dinner Break

19:40 Performance by Anne Bean: REACH

20:10 Screening & In-conversation with Katharine Meynell & Victoria Horne: The R.C.A. Womens' Group (1982)

20:45 Presentation by Catherine Spencer: Psychosocial Revolt in the Salon: Lea Lublin and Femmes/Art

21:00 A Mulled Cider Break

21:15 Film screening introduced by Laura Mulvey Riddles of the Sphinx

The Of Other Spaces Event Series is an integral part of Cooper Gallery’s major project Of Other Spaces: Where Does Gesture Become Event?; a two-chapter contemporary art exhibition and rolling event programme taking place between November 2016 and March 2017, comprising live performances, screenings, collective readings, participatory dance and an International Symposium; 12-Hour Action Group. Referencing art works, artist collaborative groups and activism by women from the 1970s to the present day, the project investigates the contemporary relevance and cogency of feminist thinking on power as it is enacted through bodies, institutions and systems of representation.

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