I’m for an art that does more than sit on its ass.

The quote (although if you check Oldenbergs’ ‘manifesto list’ from 1961, which says it slightly differently), has been mentioned in an International Institution of objects, The Victoria and Albert Museum in London, which is currently hosting an exhibition titled: Out of the Ordinary: Spectacular Craft.

Out of the Ordinary: Spectacular Craft, brings together the work of eight contemporary “artists” who place craft at the heart of their practice: Olu Amoda, Catherine Bertola, Annie Cattrell, Susan Collis, Naomi Filmer, Lu Shengzhong, Yoshihiro Suda and Anne Wilson.

The exhibition aims to explore:

“…….crafts condition in the 21st Century, particulary cases in which making ‘by hand’ is interwoven with new technologies, unorthodox modes of authorship and contemporary display contexts.”

In terms of Interdisciplinarity this exhibition is key. The exhibition and surrounding debate situates craft practice amongst and across an array of theories and interest groups; each colliding, overlapping and sharing ideas of what craft is and why it is important.

This is craft talking to the world rather than craft talking to itself - not separate, as is so often the case, but fully engaged in the world.

The exhibition continues until -17 February 2008 and is FREE!


NB. There are copies of the catalogue in the library. Also check out the reading list on the above website for further research.

Above image - Susan Collis - Refugee (2007)