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Event lab_Off Centre

lab_Off Centre is a series of events organised by iRes at University College Falmouth. Theorists, artists, philosophers, curators and others are invited to present their research and art projects which take place or/and consider the periphery in various dimensions. All the events are open to the public and are organised irregularly as informal discussions, workshops and presentations.

The underpinning question of this series of events is: how do we understand periphery in the network society whose structure is based on nodal points connected by many edges; does the idea of periphery and centre cease to exist in the network condition; or is it being translated into its new environment.

lab_Off Centre is interested in presenting projects which not only or not necessarily are characterised by their geographical distance from the centre. They are chosen on the basis of their explicit or implicit connection to the relationship between centre and periphery. The aim of those meetings is to look at the spaces and situations which take place in between, which are positioned in Hardt and Negri’s “oblique or diagonal stance”, perhaps creating other relations or suggesting another way(s) of understanding periphery. The common characteristic for all the invited projects, which was another basis for the curatorial choice, is the fact that they are self-organised, distributed, result of collaborative effort and grounded in scrupulous research.

lab_Off Centre is a project initiated by Magda Tyzlik-Carver, Research Assistant at iRes