Dirty Practice/ Studio Practice from Home

Fri 4 Dec 2020, 12- 6 PM  

The omnipresence of homeworking has become one of the key features of life in recent months as a consequence of the pandemic. Artists work in makeshift studio spaces at home whilst cooking the tea, caring for family or being confined to a bedroom where they eat, sleep, socialise and ostensibly work – in this context questions of the studio space and practices needs to be reviewed.

As part of this Dirty Practice event we continue to focus on close interconnections between practices, art education and space.  We wish to ask to what extend the new situation impacts on opportunities to build communities, give a sense of belonging and allows for the appearance of digital ‘messy spaces’.

How you can join us:

The idea of the residency is simple:  to test and explore the potential of ‘zoom’ as a ‘dirty space’ through an online residency for one afternoon. By connecting studio spaces (wherever that might be) we want to explore the opportunity to work alongside each other and create a room for informal discussions about practice.

The event has an open structure where participants work in their studios or provisional workspaces and engage in loosely structured short provocations and discussions. Please see the provisional schedule below.

Please send an e-mail to and we will send you the Zoom link.

Date: Fri 4 Dec 2020, 12- 6 PM  via zoom (To allow a conversation between spaces the number of participants will be  limited.)


The focus towards the ‘home’ as new centre of production under confinement, transformed the domestic interior into  a ‘center (sic) of the economy of tele-consumption and tele-production.’[1]  The working situation from home result in a  drastic breach of traditional structures of production and the separation of  private and intuitional spaces.  Paul B. Preciado states that during the pandemic  ‘we are no longer regulated solely by their passage through disciplinary institutions (school, factory, barracks, hospital, etc.)[…]’[2]

As a result of the current pandemic, galleries and art institutions  ‘secretly rejoice’ under the use of online viewing spaces and the fact that  ‘spaces are sanitized beyond the wildest dreams of any white cube’ [3] Universities have been quick to take up online learning with the often repeated notion – that after all this is over we will maintain some of the online practices learnt. As art schools we have to both warn against this extradition of practice from the institution whilst we begin to understand what ‘blended making’ might be and how practice skills and experiential learning can be delivered in this environment.

While Dirty Practice actively encourages a revision of practices and understanding of ‘messy spaces’, the omnipresence of homeworking, as one of the key features in recent months, changes also the interaction with students in zoom tutorials. Seeing the washing or family photographs in the background during Zoom tutorials, breaches significantly  the isolation of the art school, often  described as somehow as a ‘zone of exception’ . 

Schedule: Friday 4 Dec 2020

Image: Daniel Spoerri, Table Ben, 1990, photo Paolo Terzi.

12.00 Start and Welcome, Maggie Ayliffe, Christian Mieves

Coffee breaks/ Hourly brief provocations and discussions
Around 1.30 2.30, 3.30, 4.30 PM

5.30 PM Joint session followed by drinks.|

Finish by 6 PM

[1] [Artforum: ]

[2] ibid.

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