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Parts 7 – Granulations

51zero/festival 2019 

of contemporary art and moving image

25th October – 17th November  

co-curated by David Goldenberg



51zero/festival is back this year from the 25th October to the 17th November in Rochester and Canterbury


Imagining the two towns as ‘galleries’, public venues and outdoor spaces as interlinked exhibition rooms, the festival aims to be accessible to everyone.  


The festival’s programme will showcase artists and practitioners that are among the best and most representative working in film and contemporary art alongside new talent, presenting local, national and international visual artists and filmmakers whose production is between contemporary art and cinema. Together, with moving image, the festival also presents live music, performance, sculpturetalks and participatory projects.  


One of this year’s themes is the idea of rebirth, renewal and starting again. Resident artist David Goldenberg will introduce Granulation, a collective public installation, encouraging contributions to a collaborative artwork and a discussion on art in response to the festival program. Goldenberg aims to use exhibited artworks and festival activities to construct formal ideas of how art takes place today, exploring how these ideas could be unfixed and reconstituted to develop new languages of art, in particular, a new language of art for Medway. 


We invite contributions from artists, filmmakers, musicians and the general public; submitted work will become an integral part of 51zero festival 2019 and inform the Granulation project.  



Granulation – Open to All  

As part of 51zero festival, UK-based artist David Goldenberg is coordinating a new collective public installation entitled Granulationsituated in Rochester High Street. 


“How can we use art works and other activities as molecules to build an overview of how art takes place today, then take those molecules and rebuild the body of art differently? ” 


If it is possible to start again, how do we start a new language for art and what form should it or can it take? To develop a new language of art for Medway, people should have an active role in shaping this language, where we are all starting from the same position 


The project belongs to the people of Rochester whose input and contribution are key for the installation to be realised. People are invited to contribute ideas, material and objects, take part in discussions and make work during the first week of the festivalcollaborating with the artist in creating the installation. 



Guildhall Museum, 17 Rochester High StreetOctober 27th  3rd November. 


– Participating in the Installation  

Contributing ideas, material and objects should respond to the concept of rebirth and renewal, “starting a new language of art for Medway”These can take any form e.g. a text, text/image, essay, images, found objects from the public realm, personal items, that tells a story about art in the area. Unless agreed all objects should be small scale and portable.  


Please send text/image material via email or Wetransfer along with: 

Title of text – 

Your name – 

Email – 

Contact No – 

Link to website / online profile / link to other work – 


If you wish to contribute hard copies or objects please arrange to bring it along to the installation during October 27th – 3rd Novemberbetween 10am-5pm. 

Please note that your contributions may become part or be developed into new work or a discussion, so please bring copies only. If you wish your objects to be returned, do please state it clearly and arrange collection. 


– Participating in the talk and discussion (Sat 2nd November – NB venue may change) 

The aim is to develop a discussion from material that is sent to the festivalThe collective material will be used to provide an informed insight into how art works today, framing a context to pose a further question: how does art function in Medway and what language is specific to discussing this art? 


Key questions as introduction to talks and discussions include: What resources, material and information do we need to stage an event that facilitates this process? Why do we want to do this? How will we do this? What are the expectations? What form should a new work (art installation) take in building a new language of art? 


– Collaboration 

You may also be interested in collaborating, taking part in:  

– collaborating with building the new installation during the festival  

– meeting the artist for an informal exchange leading into to the final talk and discussion  

– proposing talks and activities related to the theme  


Expression of interest are invited between June – September. 

Please email with the subject line 

– 51zf/19 – Granulation – material 

– 51zf/19 – Granulation – talk/collaboration specifying a time to meet the artist, drop in at the Guildhall or attend the Talk.  



To discuss the opportunities further, receive advice and guidance, or for more information please contact  

Publicity: all Open Call contributors would be listed in our publicity.  

Fee: all selected artists/musicians/contributors/work experience will be offered a nominal fee to cover expenses 


Please see 51zero website for further information: 

We look forward to hearing from you,  

51zero team  



51zero focuses on international collaboration, artistic production and exhibition of moving image and related contemporary art practice. Working from within the region of Kent, as the project’s base, 51zero partner with cultural organisations in the UK and overseas to commission, curate and present contemporary moving image work. 


51zero creates platforms for expanded moving image practice and opportunities for emerging talent, delivering two core strands, 51zero Festival and Voyager: 


51zero/festival showcases biennially international visual artists and filmmakers whose film, video and digital art production is between contemporary art and cinema. Established practitioners are exhibited alongside new talent, in alternative venues, public settings and gallery spaces, and collaborate with the community to bridge the gap between the art and people, contributing to the cultural landscape of Kent. 


51zero/voyager presents a programme of touring activities, events, and projects through partnership and coproduction that support artists and engages audiences across Kent, the UK and beyond. 


51zero have a successful track record of working with young people, engaging students and graduates in activities meaningful for their professional development. 


51zero is embedded in the area; it takes its name from the geographical coordinates of Medway.  

Parts 6 – 5 Years Gallery, London, UK

September 2019

Parts 5 -Envisioning the Economy of the Future, and the Future of Political Economy

International Conference, Lille, France

3-5th July 2019


*Please note this page is under construction and further information will follow shortly

Neoliberalism has destroyed what exists leaving a blank, a clearing, a new space.

In a sense we can say we have entered a moment where it is possible to re-imagine art again for the 1st time in 200 years

How do we meet this challenge?

We can pose the question another way “If you were offered the opportunity to shape art and thinking would you take up the challenge?”

Is it possible to coordinate a situation where cultures and peoples meet to exchange ideas to contest existing thinking and positions to reshape  centres of cultural power?

This opening is where art and thinking starts again

This is stage one in developing a project, whose extent and breadth will develop and become apparent over time.

What are the issues that require to be looked at, who is interested in engaging and exchanging ideas and what form should this exchange take?

A series of introductions to This Historical Moment through developing a non-visual practice 

What is a non-visual practice?

How do we discuss, analyse and break with neoliberalism from within neoliberalism?

What is a Participating Culture?

5 Years Gallery, London, UK

Sunday 27th May 4-5 pm

Documentation of the event

Art as Global Currency

Molecular images

Art as Global Currency in 8 simple clusters and 2 complex clusters and one image molecular images combining all the images into different patterns

Drunken Walk Algorithm used in the stock Market,

Descartes “I think therefore l am”, location of folders on

my desk top, Art about nothing

Plotting the rise of the Right wing, Arts links to the Art Market, excavating Western Ontology as the root and core of Western Global White Supremacists

How do we assemble a work that is capable of operating today within the existing complexity, what issues and aspects does it need to assimilate?

What is the context against which we exist and produce culture and which art and culture contributes in shaping?

A work assembled from 10 x clusters of screen shots of images extracted from Multiple internet sites. Selected images from the Mining the internet series 2014-18, building a picture of total power. Key figures who contributed to the conceptualisation and shaping of the Post Historical environment we exist in and against which art functions and promotes.

Figures who shaped the British Empire and who went onto assist in the rebranding of the British Empire into the British Commonwealth, the formation of a Global Government, writing of British History. The formation of the EU, Nonlinear Warfare, images of the end of history and political historical events.

The texture of post Global Market collapse 2008, the financialization of art, arts link to the art market, and arts role in Globalisation, and the capacity of art to address this complexity.

Tate Liverpool Exchange, Liverpool, UK

“Production – Process – Collaboration”

28th July – 5th August

in parallel to the Liverpool Biennial

                           The talk and project take place in the Tate Exchange main space

My text in the catalogue VVM 7

I will give a talk on Saturday August 4th, 3 pm on

“What is a Participating Culture?”

with the curator Camilla Boemio

 Presentation for Tate Liverpool Exchange 8.5 11.27am

For further information, dates and names of venues,  ideas for engaging with the concept and joining a debate, and suggestions for  responding  to the material, please look through the material below

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Invitation to contributors


Contribution to the material

The start of any contribution and contact should be in the form of statements and diagrams on local newspapers

Then statements from different contributions will be extracted to make something similar to Luthers 95 thesis

From this beginning other forms are planned, for instance

How do we translate these ideas into a way of living for a place and setting for experimental living?

Unfortunately the project for Uddebo will now no longer continue beyond the initial research

David Goldenberg visiting Uddebo

Realising ideas in the village of Uddebo, Sweden

Please email material or enquiries to David Goldenberg on

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