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  • Research Space Unit 46/47 & 1046/1048 Trinity Court, Whitgift Shopping Croydon, CR0 1UP United Kingdom (map)

It’s their thought that counts

Taking its title from the Whitgift Shopping Centres gift card slogan, ‘It’s their thought that counts’ is a week program designed by PACTO collective exploring the role that the shopping centre plays in communities and how it can be a space for sharing creative practice and creative thought. It is vital that we maintain, develop and create public spaces that are accessible and safe. What is the role of shopping centres in that area? How public are shopping centres? Are they spaces to linger and contemplate or are they simply facilities of consumption?

In the program at CAS, PACTO will be dissecting the shopping experience. Giulia Ratti’s Instagram-collaborative-comic will operate as a form of documentation of activities as PACTO and offer up a translation via comic shared on social media and within the space at CAS. Alessandro Moroni’s ‘music for malls’ looks at the atmosphere of retail, how does the soundscape effect the shopping experience? Kelly Lloyd will be in conversation with members of PACTO discussing the independent financial structures constructed by artists to ‘survive’ in the current financial climate. Video works by members and friends of PACTO will explore the objects themselves, the multitool, the carpet, the gameboy camera… As we consider also the online shopping experience we will be inviting in The Ped.Moreira Puppet an online digital incarnation of the artist Pedro Moreira to assist us during the week.

3pm - KELLY LLOYD in conversation with PACTO

PACTO has been an opportunity for us to explore our individual interests using one another as resources. This public event will highlight Kelly Lloyd's individual project where she interviewed PACTO members about their livelihoods. In this facilitated conversation between PACTO members Warren Andrews, Sam Penn, Daphne Politi, Finn Thomson, and Demelza Watts, Lloyd will weave threads between their shared experiences as working artists in London, and generate dialogue around their differing viewpoints and experiences. This conversation will touch on topics such as intentionally finding or avoiding paid work which utilizes one's artistic skills and the financial precariousness of zero hour contracts and the impact this precariousness has on one's mental health. The public will be invited to participate through a question and answer session following the conversation.

5pm - SAM PENN - Washing Machine Workshop

Workshop exploring how observing and subverting systems can be a means of creating vocabularies of critique and negotiation. Centred around the deconstruction and reconstituting of the domestic object, the washing machine. How can tactics of enquiry be drawn from this approach that might allow further exploration of the visible and invisible injunctions of the shopping centre?