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Modes of Criticism 1

A text on Precarity Pilot is out on ‘Modes of Criticism 1‘ – a new design magazine/journal edited by Francisco Laranjo. In the text, we focus on the context out of which the project grew, the goals we work towards and the methods we are using.


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Now then Warsaw!

Come and join us for an evening of art and design produced by a diverse group of practitioners from Leeds College of Art in response to a field trip to Warsaw.

Lots of conversations, Yorkshire tea and biscuits provided!

Monday, 2 March 2015
17:00 – 19:30
CSW Zamek Ujazdowski, AIR-Laboratory

Coloured suitcases at 72dpi
Image: Sally Cooke

Precarity Pilot at the RCA


On Friday, 20 February and 6 March, we will be strategising around design, value-practices and ways of organising with 22 Visual Communication students of the Royal College of Art.

Curious to learn what people want to move with their practice and what plans for resilience we can come up with!

PhD by Design at Leeds College of Art


On Thursday the 14th May 2015, we are organising a PhD by Design study and workshop day titled ‘Making knowledge travel: exploring modes of dissemination for practice-based design research’ at Leeds College of Art.

The topic of the day is inspired by the many questions raised around research dissemination during the PhD by Design conference at Goldsmiths in November 2014. Through this study day, we want to make space for tentative yet innovative ideas rather than gathering around polished knowledge and methods of dissemination. Everyone attending will also be presenting and contribute to create a supportive environment for discussion and exploration.

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Precarity Pilot Leeds


Today, the monthly Precarity Pilot workshop series is kicking off in Leeds.
Really looking forward to the great mix of people that singed up!

The dates for the next workshops in the city are:
Thursday, 12 March 2015 – venue tbc
Thursday, 16 April 2015 – venue tbc

Forest Law

A few days ago we got our copies of Forest Law / Selva Juridica, the artist book that is part of Ursula Biemann and Paulo Tavares’s new project Forest Law, and which we designed last summer. It was printed on recycled paper by the worker co-operative Thomson Shore.


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Exercises in political design


The current issue of Interni Magazine features an article by our friend Chiara Alessi, in which she briefly talks about our new project COMUNfARE, which represents an attempt to root our practice in the place where we want to live and work, in the Lagarina Valley in Trentino, Northern Italy.

At Schumacher College


Last Wednesday, we discussed our work with the students of the newly established MA in Ecological Design Thinking at the legendary Schumacher College in Dartington, Devon.

D&I Debates at CSM: For love or for money?

On Wednesday, 21 January 2015, we’ll be taking part in a debate organised by Luise Vormittag. With illustrator Jake Steel and the BA students in Graphic Design, we’ll debate what it takes to make a living in the creative industries.

D&I Debates: For love or for money? Passion and precarity in the creative industries
21 January 2015
11.30am to 1pm
Central Saint Martins

Precarity Pilot website online

The brand new Precarity Pilot website with loads of useful/interesting materials collected and created over the last year or so if finally online – congratulations everyone!


People and groups who have contributed to so far in various forms are 26’10 South Architects, Åbäke, Geetika Alok, Jody Boehnert/ecolabs, Francesca Coluzzi, Footprint Co-op, Formes Vives, Dario Galli, Tabea Glahs, Valeria Graziano, Elaine W. Ho, Kultivator, Make People Do, Gaja Mežnaric Osole, Paolo Plotegher, Precarious Workers Brigade, Škart, and Ultrared. The beautiful design was done by Gaja Mežnaric Osole.

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On South as a State of Mind

A four-pages feature on Precarity Pilot came out on the magazine South as a State of Mind (issue #5) – published by Kunsthalle Athena in Greece. You can get the magazine here.


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PhD by Design conference in London







The PhD by Design conference is coming up.

Organised in collaboration with Maria Portugal and Alison Thomson.

Situated practice & other complications


We’re starting a monthly “reading” group in Leeds to explore participatory, site-sensitive and feminist-inspired approaches to art, design and architecture.
We’ll approach reading in its broadest sense: from close reading of a text, an object, an exhibition or a performance to doing, making, watching (a movie, an action, a movement, etc.).

Situated practice & other complications

3 November 2014
1 December 2014
5 January 2015
2 February 2015
9 March 2015
13 April 2015
11 May 2015
8 June 2015

4.45pm – 6pm
The Libertine
7 Blenheim Terrace, Leeds

Come and join us. Open to all.

Co-initiated with Dan Robinson from Leeds College of Art.

Precarity Pilot in Warsaw

Graphics by Krzysztof Bielecki

Precari-what? Making a living from art and design
21 October 2014 from 6pm to 8pm

In this workshop we explore what it means to work as an artist, designer and/or architect, today. We will also look into what inventive ways of working and organising are out there that we could learn from.

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Laboratorio Campano on Platform Green


From the Platform Green website: “Art, architecture, design, craftsmanship, and publishing are some of the means through which PLATFORM GREEN intends to speak about nature, with particular attention given to environmental, ecological, and ethical questions concerning our surroundings and landscape. read more

Have a look at the Platform. Almost daily art historian Andrea Lerda posts new interesting projects by practitioners reflecting on the relationship between humans and “nature” from a variety of perspectives. Recently there was a post on Laboratorio Campano.

Back to Warsaw


This autumn we’re back at AIR-Laboratory in Warsaw. Working on Precarity Pilot and experimenting with how to set up a bottom-up special economic zone.

With the support of Akademie Schloss Solitude, the City of Warsaw and Leeds College of Art.

Passi Erratici – exhibition Turin


On Friday, the group exhibition Passi Erratici is opening in Turin. The show is part of the festival Turin and the Alps and is curated by Stefano Riba. Finally, we’re back to making some work on the Alps.

Research Fellow at Leeds College of Art


Bianca just started to work as Research Fellow at Leeds College of Art. Here she collaborates with Sam Broadhead (Head of Research) and Kai Syng Tang (Research Fellow).

Designers’ Inquiry – Ephemera Journal


The latest ephemera journal on The politics of workers’ inquiry is out – with a contribution by Bianca and Caterina Giuliani in which they reflect on the inquiry we co-produced last year as part of the Cantiere per pratiche non-affermative.

Access the entire issue or read the article.

In the mountains with the New Cross Commoners…

… exploring trans-local connections between New Cross/London and Nomi/Alps.