I am currently finishing a book, Etc., which describes a number of collaborative projects I have worked over the last five years. The book includes images by Nicolas Moulin (whom I invited to Sheffield in 2009 for a four-month residency funded by The Leverhulme Trust) and Richard Bolam, as well as texts by Terry O’Connor (Forced Entertainment), Christine Arnold, Lucy Hope, Jill Porter, Catherine Annabel, Melinda Hawtin, Conn Redden, Karen Sherwood, Kathryn Goodall, Laurence Piercy, Matt Colbeck, Steve Dutton, Danielle Garrigan, Geraldine McIlwaine, Fiona Duffy and Helen Darlington.

The texts were written by students, academics, researchers and artists who have been involved in projects such as the Channel exhibition of 2006, the book project of 2008 and the Garden Street urban laboratory project of 2011.  Talking and working with each other, our habitual subject positions have shifted and the ways in which we feel we are permitted, expected or supposed to know, learn, think and say have been displaced, sometimes awkwardly or uncomfortably, but often in creative and intensely liberating ways. New constellations have formed across and disrupted established boundaries. Bringing to the table our different experiences, thoughts, expertise and networks, we work to challenge, if not collapse, cognitive, epistemological and experiential hierarchies.

This book represents a momentarily crystallised form in an uncompleted collaborative endeavour. It is not an exhibition catalogue, a retrospective or an evaluation of a project, but a nodal point in a network of conversations; an ongoing commitment to developing and sharing practice, research and creative pedagogy; an exploratory engagement with ideas.


About PlastiCités
Amanda Crawley Jackson lectures in French at the University of Sheffield (UK). She specialises in existentialist philosophy, urban spatialities and contemporary visual arts from France and the French-speaking world.

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