1 February — 4 February 2010

The retreat pointed to the models that have revolutionised distribution – from the printing press to the internet and digitisation – and the evolutionary forms of social change that open up or are constrained by these changes in communication and explore how artistic practices, literature and film have addressed these issues.

Escalator Retreat 3

11 artists and curators based in the eastern region were invited to come on the retreat following a selection process. They were: Julie Allen, Julie Brenot, Ric Carvalho, Andy Holden, Gary O’Conner, CJ Mahony, Lotte Juul Petersen (Wysing Arts Centre), Holly Rumble, Emma Smith, Helen Stratford and Simon Woolham.

Invited contributors were: Mindaugas Gapsevicius (o-o – the first Lithuanian new media art platform) Mark Essen (artist), Emma Hedditch (artist), Francesco Pedraglio (curator, writer and co-director of FormContent), Daniella Saul (curator), Mike Sperlinger (Head of Distribution, LUX), Karen Alexander (senior lecturer, Royal College of Art) and Maria Fusco (Director of art writing, Goldsmiths and the Editor of The Happy Hypocrite).

The retreat was curated by students Fatima Hellberg, Antonia Blocker, Robert Leckie, Helena Vilalta, Guillaume Breton and Tyler Woolcott.