229 Scribbles is a curatorial and editorial platform initiated in 2020 at Goldsmiths. The platform was named after the sculptural ‘scribble’ on the Ben Pimlott Building, which comprises 229 pieces of steel - wishing to form a collective that facilitates Goldsmiths’ chaotic yet iconic dynamic through creative practices and exchanges across arts, humanities and social sciences.
A year later, 229 Scribbles evolved into the concept of “platforming as a queer practice” in a continuous question: to the extent to which we could live in and toward the openness-for-being through relational events.
Since then, the platform transmogrifies its enquiries about the metaphysical concept of multiplicity, event, and virtuality into collaborative art practices and expanded educational activities. It believes in the potential of a creative community’s critical practices in evolving the local and international social infrastructure.
Queering the Institutions: Resituating Public Programme as Utopian Practice? is a long-term public programme initiated by 229Scribbles, in which the platform will act as a bridging point between Goldsmiths and other art institutions, as well as the local art and design community.
Tree Art Museum, Beijing, will be the programme’s co-host in the 2022/23 academic year. The platform will be working closely with the museum and particular Departments at Goldsmiths to facilitate the academic progression, re-evaluate the case of the museum and reimagine its future.
Queering the Institutions seek to be a forum for thoughts and voices on the public programme as an expanded field for artists and art institutions. It will enquire into the potential of the transmogrification of public space and time entangling with personal ones by exploring the following themes:
• Queerness as the “openness-for-being”.
• The production of subjectivity.
• The order of time.
• The paradoxes of Utopia in arts and culture.
The programme will be presenting the ongoing dialogue through panel discussions, symposiums, artist talks, screenings, and workshops at Goldsmiths starting from Autumn term 2022/23.