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Friday Club: Collection #01

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friday club rules

In our last Friday meeting we agreed on a certain number of rules with the aims of:
1-facilitating group work
2-insuring everyone’s participation
3-providing thematic /stylistic/photographic consistency
4-enabling pass of the unit

Inspired by the manifestos put together by other image collectives like the Dogma 95 manifesto ( (*1) some of us in the group have been outlining the rules we agreed upon. If there is a rule you want to change or add, you need to reply to this message as a thread in the facebook message. The deadline for changes is Wednesday 25th of March.


  • -All the images to be created relate to the theme of youth cultures
    -Visual strategies to include one or more of the following: the role of self in everyday life, defamiliarisation, uncanny, contemporary re-enactment, image theatre, and newspaper theatre (*2)
    -Shooting is done in location with props and sets brought in
    -You must bring a camera and be responsible for creating your own images
    – As the images develop, you must take turns as a model as well as a sculptor/photographer
    -No external models to be brought in
    -If you have a problem being photographed facing the camera this must be acknowledged and a compromised attained that doesn’t involve looking at the camera
    -You must come prepared with clothing and props that reflect everyday life, particular sub-cultures and/or spectacular fashions that you will wear or include in the images you will sculpt with the others
    -You must come prepared (on your mobile or in print) with a stock of images from the news and/or Internet that illustrate the image you want to create
    – The images you create must not contain superficial acting
    -You need to bring in additional lighting if required for a successful image
    -No single photographer to be credited; instead all images to be credited to the friday club
    -If you are being photographed, insure your camera is not in view unless it is apart of the scene.
    -To pass the unit, in addition to all other requirements, you must be present in the three remaining sessions. Presence means presence in the images. Absence must be followed with doctor’s certificate or other evidence.
  • (*1)For more info on Dogme 95: The Vow of Chastity (abridged):
    Dogme 95

    (*2) For the slide presentation on performance/photography (Friday march 20th) and more info on the visual strategies , see:

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    Reconstruction, Re-enactment, Re-reporting in exhibition

    Slovenian Galerija Škuc is showing “RE:akt! Reconstruction, Re- enactment, Re-reporting”, an exhibition of works exploring the themes of performance, e-enactement and (photographic) documentation curated by the Italian art critic and curator Domenico Quaranta:

    “During recent years the term re-enactment and the practices it refers to have enjoyed increasing success in the artistic context. On one hand, the success of re-enactment appears to be connected to a parallel, vigorous return to performance art, both as a genre practiced by the new generations, and as an artistic practice with its own historicization. On the other hand the term re-enactment accompanies two phenomena that at least at first glance have very little in common: re-staging artistic performances of the past, and revisiting, in performance form, “real” events – be they linked to history or current affairs, past or present. “

    The works included in the exhibiton include:

    Ich Lubbe Berlin! (2005, SilentCell Network), a take on the 1933 burning of the Reichstag building in Berlin, which explores the contemporary meaning of symbols such as the Reichstag itself, and of concepts such as “communism” and “terrorism”;

    -to Das KAPITAL (2006, Janez Janša), a performance which re-stages the 1968 occupation of Czechoslovakia by Warsaw Pact forces with the languages of popular street artists;

    -from C’était un rendez-vous (déja vu) (Janez Janša in collaboration with Quentin Drouet), a project that plays with the paradigmatic history of a well known artwork, the film C’était un rendez-vous by Claude Lelouch, from “cinema verité” to “media fiction”;

    VD as VB (2007), a series of actions in which Vaginal Davis, the “grande dame” of the queer underground in Los Angeles, dialogues with Vanessa Beecroft’s performances.

    Mount Triglav on Mount Triglav (2007), the three artists Janez Janša, Janez Janša and Janez Janša re-stage a well known performance of the OHO group from the late Sixties, recently appropriated by the IRWIN group for their Like to Like Series (2004), performing it on the Mount Triglav itself, and then translating it into a monumental golden sculpture;

    Slovene National Theatre (2007), Janez Janša translates an infamous fact of recent racism against Gypsies – known in Slovenia as “the Ambrus case” – into a piece of theatre, re-invoicing it as it was featured by the mass media.

    Synthetic Performances (2007), Eva and Franco Mattes aka 0100101110101101.ORG reenact on the virtual platform of Second Life a series of historical performances that are all but virtual, raising issues such as body, violence, sex and pain, thus exploring the meaning of these very issues in a virtual world. In SS-XXX |

    Frau Helga (2007), Janez Janša (in collaboration with Dejan Dragosavac Ruta) again adds details and proofs of evidence to an “urban legend” recently circulated on the Net and mainstream media, concerning the presumed creation of a cyber-sex doll by the Nazis.

    Performance and reenactment are far from being the only strategies adopted in “RE:akt!”, which also involves strategies such as documentation, remix, re-invoicement, reconstruction and remediation (such as in the project The Day São Paulo Stopped 2009 by Brazilian artist Lucas Bambozzi),

    The exhibition is accompanied by the book RE:akt! Reconstruction, Re-enactment, Re-reporting featuring the co- editors Janez Janša, artist and director of Aksioma and the italian theoretician Antonio Caronia. The book was published on March 2009 by FPeditions and includes contributions by Rod Dickinson, Jennifer Allen, Jan Verwoert, Antonio Caronia and Domenico Quaranta.

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    Chays Blogspot

    Hello, just an introduction to my blogspot and a little preview…

    ENJOY :0

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    interior /nhs simulation: location for photo shoot

    Room B310 in Borough Road building is available next friday 13th of March (10:00-13:00) for a photo shoot. It is a simulation of a NHS hospital room,an  interesting location to create an image of the world. Download the storyboard hospital-scenes-friday-march13-brorough-rd-v2

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    photographers needed

    Photographer(s) needed to document Around the World in Two Days, the

    two day event in the faculty of Business Computing and Information Management at South Bank.

    Please contact Paul Carden at BCMI for the brief.

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    becoming a blog editor

    Hi , i have sent you an email inviting you to become an editor to this blog, and thought i would leave you here a quick visual start guide to post your first message in wordpress.  Use. the opportunity to introduce yourself and tell us about your contribution to the unit. Tell us also about the photographer whose youth cultures project you chose to leave a comment (add the link to their page, so you can practice adding lnks and urls to your post).

    For a more in-depth tutorial  you may want to follow the youtube post:


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