Spike Island

Rogue Game Symposium


Saturday 29 September 2012, 12–10pm


£4 Spike Associates
Booking advised

Event type


Rogue Game acts a metaphor for how we inhabit the urban environment / Rogue Game asks: Are you a spectator or player? / Rogue Game uses play as a device to reconfigure familiar territories, and activities, to worry at the borders between participation and performance / Rogue Game instigates a social process in the production of the exhibition / Rogue Game is a collective endeavour

A symposium in four quarters, this event explores the construction of situations in which roles shift and rules are broken. Attendees and invited speakers Warren & Mosley, Bridget Crone, Paul O’Neill, Emily Pethick, Louis Rice and Axel Wieder consider play, transgression and hybridisation as speculative devices within the gallery and the wider urban realm. Artist Can Altay facilitates the discussions via Skype.

Warm up:
Welcome and introduction to Rogue Game

First quarter:
Rogue Game, First Play live match

Second quarter: “Scripted Spaces, Performed Collectivities” with Emily Pethick, Bridget Crone and Paul O’Neill, followed by a group discussion led by Can Altay

Third quarter: “Hybrid Logics and Negotiations Within” with Louis Rice and Axel Wieder, followed by a group discussion led by Can Altay

5.30pm till late
Fourth quarter: evening social with drinks, food and music, featuring a performance by the Collect, A performance in 48 parts (work in progress)

Can Altay

Can Altay is an artist living in Istanbul. He investigates the functions, meaning, organisation and reconfigurations of public spaces. Altay’s “settings” provide critical reflection on urban phenomena and artistic activity. His work is staged and manifested through the spaces and publications he produces.

Altay has had solo exhibitions at Casco, Utrecht (2011), The Showroom, London (2010), Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2008), Sala Rekalde, Bilbao (2006) and Spike Island, Bristol (2007). His work has been included in Biennials of Istanbul, Havana, Busan, Gwangju, Taipei; and in museums and galleries such as the Walker Art Center (USA), VanAbbe Museum (Netherlands), ZKM (Germany), P.S.1 MoMA (USA), and Platform Garanti (Turkey). He was recently commissioned by London 2012 Festival and Frieze Foundation to develop a public artwork.

He is the founding editor of Ahali: A Journal for Setting a Setting, and works as an academic in the fields of art and architecture.

Can Altay at Arcade website

Bridget Crone

Bridget Crone is a curator, writer and lecturer based in London. She was the Director of Media Art Bath from 2006 to 2011.

Recent projects include The Sensible Stage: Staging and the Moving Image, a book launched with a programme of events at the ICA, London as part of the LUX / ICA Biennial of Moving Images in May 2012, including a curated programme of performances by Gail Pickering, Cara Tolmie, Annabel Frearson and Jimmy Robert. Crone has curated projects internationally including for The Showroom, ICA and Whitechapel galleries, London, and the Ian Potter Museum, Melbourne. She has convened the monthly experimental film and discussion programme, FILM EXERCISE, at Arnolfini since 2009.

Bridget Crone / Plenty Project website

Paul O'Neill

Paul O'Neill is an artist, curator, educator and writer based in Bristol.  He has co-curated more than fifty exhibition projects including Our Day Will Come: A free-school art project, Hobart, Tasmania (2011); We are Grammar, Pratt Institute Manhattan Gallery, New York (2011); Coalesce: happenstance, SMART, Amsterdam (2009); and General Idea: Selected Retrospective, Project, Dublin (2006).

O’Neill is currently international research fellow with the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media, Dublin, and international tutor on the de Appel Curatorial Programme.  His writings on the development of contemporary curatorial discourse have been published in many books, catalogues, journals and magazines, and he is a regular contributor to Art Monthly. He is the Reviews Editor of Art and the Public Sphere Journal, and on the editorial boards of The Exhibitionist Journal and the Journal of Curatorial Studies. He is also editor of the curatorial anthology Curating Subjects (2007), and co-editor of Curating and the Educational Turn (2010) with Mick Wilson, and Locating the Producers: Durational Approaches to Public Art (2011), edited with Claire Doherty. O’Neill’s new authored book, The Culture of Curating and The Curating of Culture(s) (2012), has recently been published by MIT Press.

Emily Pethick

Emily Pethick has been the director of The Showroom, London, since 2008. From 2005 to 2008 she was the director of Casco, Office for Art, Design and Theory, in Utrecht, The Netherlands, and from 2003 to 2004 she was curator at Cubitt, London. 

Pethick's writing has been included in numerous catalogues, including essays on Stephen Willats and Dave Hullfish Bailey, and in magazines such as Artforum, Afterall and frieze. She has also edited books including Circular Facts (2011) with Binna Choi and Mai AbuEIDahab, Hidden Curriculum (2008) by Annette Krauss, Casco Issues XI: An Ambiguous Case (2008) with Marina Vishmidt and Tanja Widmann, and Casco Issues X: The Great Method (2007) with Peio Aguirre.

In 2010 The Showroom produced Can Altay's exhibition The Church Street Partners' Gazette, which involved the production of a single issue Gazette and the second edition of Rogue Game in collaboration with Jonathan Mosley and Sophie Warren.

The Showroom website

Louis Rice

Louis Rice is Senior Lecturer in Planning and Architecture at the University of the West of England, Bristol. He is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Bristol Urban Design Forum, and his research interests include sustainability + intensification, urban play, and informal urbanism.

Louis Rice on UWE's website

Sophie Warren and Jonathan Mosley

Sophie Warren and Jonathan Mosley are an artist/architect collaboration. Their work generates physical and imaginary architectural settings for occupation by participants and protagonists. The settings are constructed as installations, events or publications, using architectural elements and objects, live and recorded action, text and narrative. Each setting overlays the logics of distinctly different architectural, conceptual and game structures, bringing them into productive tension. 

They are currently working on forthcoming project Architecture of We and are artists in residence at the French Communist Party Headquarters in Paris. During 2016 they were Institute français laureates at the Cité internationale des arts in Paris, and won awards from Arts Council England and British Council for development of Architecture of We.

Previous exhibitions and events include:Rogue Game (with Can Altay), a series of hybrid games forming solo exhibitions at Firstsite, Colchester (2015), Spike Island, Bristol (2012) (Rootstein Hopkins Award), Casco, Utrecht (2011) and The Showroom, London (2010); a mapping project, Doing Things Separately Together (with Axel Wieder) for Arnolfini, Bristol (2014); international event series Utopian talk-show line-up at SantralIstanbul, Istanbul (2014), Moderna Museet, Malmo (2014), Eastside Projects, Birmingham (2013); and group shows at Tin Sheds Gallery, Sydney, Massachusetts Museum of Modern Art, Smart Project Space, Amsterdam, Gasworks, London, The Armory Show and Frederieke Taylor, New York. Publication projects include Mosley, J and Warren. S (eds.), 2012, Beyond Utopia (Berlin: Errant Bodies Press) presenting a provocative planning application for an imaginary architectural vertical common for the City of London.


Axel Wieder

Axel Wieder (1971) is a curator and writer. He currently works as Curator of Exhibitions at Arnolfini in Bristol. From 2007 to 2010 he was the artistic director of Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, and in 2010 a visiting curator at Ludlow 38, Goethe-Institut New York. In 1999, he co-founded the bookshop Pro qm with Katja Reichard and Jesko Fezer in Berlin, which also serves as an experimental platform for events and presentations in art and urbanism.

For the third Berlin Biennale in 2004, Wieder organised a thematic section about the urban development in Berlin after the fall of the wall with Jesko Fezer. He was project manager for the exhibition "Now and ten years ago" for KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin (2004-05) and a research fellow at the Peabody-Essex-Museum in Salem, Massachusetts in 2004. He lectures and publishes widely.

Arnolfini website