As needed, as possible: emerging discussions on art, labour and collaboration
Edited by Sophie Davis and Simon Gennard
Designed by Katie Kerr
Published by Enjoy and GLORIA Books
Enjoy and GLORIA Books are thrilled to announce the publication of As needed, as possible: emerging discussions on art, labour and collaboration in Aotearoa.
As needed, as possible is a digital and print publication that emerges from thinking, talking and making around art, labour and life in contemporary Aotearoa. Initially prompted by a series of questions we asked ourselves around the role Enjoy—and the contemporary art space more generally—plays within a broader arts ecology and society, this publication looks outward, building upon conversations with friends and colleagues around how to make a life, and a living, in and around art.
Published by Enjoy in collaboration with GLORIA Books, As needed, as possible considers the social, economic and political frameworks practitioners and organisations occupy in contemporary Aotearoa. It aims to make a modest contribution to a wider field of discussion thinking through the kind of spaces and culture we wish to be working in, and how we might arrive there.
As we write, the entire field of play is undergoing a series of radical changes, the long-term effects of which cannot be comprehended from this juncture. Some of the contributions to this volume were written prior to the events surrounding Covid-19, and many do not directly reference the situation we now find ourselves in. If anything, they now remind us that the exigencies faced by contemporary practitioners—questions of how to fit art around raising a family, how to play with risks and possibilities, how to grapple with history and the present—have not disappeared in the face of crisis, and continued dialogue is more important than ever.
As needed, as possible will unfold over the following weeks and months, as PDF downloads of individual contributions are released periodically from Thursday 23 April. It is our hope that the publication helps maintain our grip on art and its possibilities in unpredictable circumstances, and offers opportunities for conversation, thought, pleasure and solidarity.
See the publication online at: enjoy.org.nz/as-needed-as-possible
ABOUT ENJOY CONTEMPORARY ART SPACE
Established in June 2000, Enjoy Contemporary Art Space is a leading independent contemporary art space located in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand. Located on Left Bank, just off Cuba Street, Enjoy generates and facilitates contemporary art projects to support the development of new work and promote critical discourse around contemporary practice in Aotearoa.This kaupapa is carried out through exhibitions, an annual residency, an open call for proposals, offsite projects, public programmes and publications. Enjoy provides both emerging and established practitioners with opportunities to develop new and innovative work.
ABOUT GLORIA BOOKS
GLORIA is an intercontinental publishing platform that focusses on the publication of art and photography books. Our practice approaches the production of the book as a complete process; from concept to design to print. The artist is heavily involved in every step, producing objects that are a full expression of their intention.GLORIA is run by Berlin-based photographer Alice Connew and Auckland-based graphic designer Katie Kerr.