Madness of Many
“Do more. More nonsensical, more crazy, more machines, breasts, penises, cunts, whatever – make them abound with nonsense. Try and tickle something inside you, your “weird humour.” You belong in the most secret part of you. Don’t worry about cool, make your own uncool. Make your own, your own world. If you fear, make it work for you – draw & paint your fear & anxiety.”
With the success of last year’s Out Of Place Symposium fresh in our minds we want to explore ideas around folie à plusieurs – the Madness of Many that gives momentum to your seemingly absurd schemes and outlandish ideas. Think collaboration, the collective consciousness and the incubation of insanity beyond the silo of a single mind.
Critical Animals is open to anyone whose work experiments within the experience and interpretation of critical research. We aim to present an intellectually robust yet accessible program of audience-focused events – conversation is key. Critical Animals in particular endeavours to catalyse, strengthen, and explore the links between creative practice and theory. We have a flexible definition of research that encompasses creative, experimental, interrogative, discursive, and practice-led approaches.
Presented by Octapod and The Lock-Up, Critical Animals Creative Research Symposium is part of This is Not Art, a Newcastle-based arts festival. The symposium runs annually over the October long weekend and presents alongside Crack Theatre Festival and the National Young Writers Festival.