Session 3 (Friday 29 February):
On the Circulation of Artistic Labour: Performing the local and distributing the International and vice versa.
Programmed by Sheffield Contemporary Art Forum and chaired by Becky Shaw. Speakers: Jennifer Johns & Annika Eriksson.

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Duration: 25 mins

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Dr B. Shaw (Chair)

Becky Shaw is an artist, making work that explores the relationship between objects and people. Since 1995 she has devised live, photographic, sculptural and written responses to large organisations including schools, universities, workplaces, public housing centres, hospitals and galleries. Current works are less responsive to place, focusing more on objects that move through space via production. This includes 'reverse engineering' a vodka bottle mould (initiated on a residency in S06), and an investigation of the interweaving of human and material life in an aggregate floor tile (for Firstsite Newsite 08). In 1998 she received a doctorate, and since then has continued to work across academic and art production. Between 2000 and 2006 Becky was co-director of Static Gallery, Liverpool, an organisation focused upon energising critical thinking in the city. She is currently a visiting lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University.


Dr Jennifer Johns, lecturer in Human Geography, University of Liverpool

Jennifer Johns research interests are primarily concerned with network approaches to economic development and have two interrelated strands: global production networks and local economic development, and geographies of local and transnational labour markets.  Specific areas of research include creative industries (mainly film, tv and video game industry) and the geographies of temporary staffing.


Annika Eriksson, artist in AS08 – 'performing the local and distributing the international and vice versa' a personal perspective

In her work Annika Eriksson creates situations in which specific groups of people are invited to perform an activity that represents their work or special interests. She, for instance, worked with the Copenhagen and Stockholm postman orchestra in 1996 whom she asked to play the song Sour Times by Portishead. The videos of their performances resemble a group portrait in motion. Eriksson created similarly dynamic, time-based portraits of people at their workplace.  For example, the entire staff of the 2002 Sao Paolo Biennial, was asked to introduce themselves to camera, one after another, and then join the slowly growing line-up of workers.

By purposefully, without comment, reducing the framework for a group portrait to its most basic form, Eriksson's works raises the question of how communities today constitute their identity.

For Art Sheffield 08 Eriksson will create a new work ‘'Maximum Happiness' in which she has the facade of the Park Hill housing estate illuminated by floodlights for one night. Filmed documentation of the event will be on display at Millennium Galleries.


Break Out sessions
S peakers:
Nasrin Tabatabai and Babak Afrassiabi
Stephen Beddoe & Russell Martin (Artquest) - NOT RECORDED
Jeanine Griffin
(SCAF) and Katy Woods
Cylena Simonds (Iniva) - NOT RECORDED

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Session 1 (Thursday 28 February): Jan Verwoert, with Diemantas Narkevicius.
Session 2 (Friday 29 February): Jan Verwoert with Babak Afrassiabi and Irit Rogoff.
Session 3 (Friday 29 February): Becky Shaw, Jennifer Johns and Annika Eriksson.
Session 3 (Friday 29 February): Breakout session with Nasrin Tabatabai and Babak Afrassiabi.
Session 3 (Friday 29 February):Breakout session with Jeanine Griffin and Katy Woods.
Plenary (Friday 29 February)