This LADA Study Room Guide on ‘Managing the Radical’ has emerged through collective study, collaborative conversations, participatory workshops, and ‘DIY’ artist-led development programmes between 2018 and 2019 and forms part of LADA’s ongoing Restock, Rethink, Reflect Five project.
RRR5: Managing the Radical is considering the idea of what it means to manage the radical (or radicalise the management) and aims to rethink, reposition, and reimagine how art that operates and thinks ‘differently’ is created, produced, peopled, framed, funded, represented and contextualised. The project is asking what forms of management and methodologies of production might be more appropriate and effective for radical new forms of artistic practice?
This guide was finalised in the Spring of 2020, at a time when most regular artistic activity had been suspended due to the impact of the Covid-19 global pandemic. This crisis magnified nearly every single difficulty faced by artists, arts professionals and arts organisations, highlighting the extent of their precarity and vulnerability, and the importance of collective action to address them. It was also clear that, whenever the immediate crisis of Covid-19 passes, the real crisis will continue, in intensified form, and that a collective radical re-imagination of how we support, organise and care for one another and our work will be necessary.
This guide designed by Ben Harris.
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Managing the Radical: A Study Room Guide, 2020. Design by Ben Harris.
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