Thought for All, by John Dummett, Art Gene Gallery
John Dummett creates artwork inside a truely public ‘realm’; the research residency selection panel were interested in his politically and socially proactive practice, producing his works through the direct engagement of communities in thought, enquiry and making. John’s work at Art Gene made a significant contribution in the evolution of Art Gene’s methodology and the broadening of our research base through extended collaborations and partnerships.
‘John looked at a number of common templates (or ‘stages’) for dialogue; a conference hall, a board meeting, a press conference and an informal talk over a coffee…to create situations or processes in which the public actively participates as author, context and witness.’
Art Gene’s continuing practice engages, captures and generates ideas from within communities which inform our projects in the regeneration of the social, natural and built environment. One such ‘stage’ is a Cafe – The Design Cafe, which features a free open-door menu of homecooked food, discussion, bus trips, tours, walks and talks addressing diverse subject matter from architecture to allotments and industry to nature. Design Cafe uncovers hidden histories and gives form to need through supporting a process of enquiry and providing information through specialist speakers and guides who assist in drawing out and giving form to deliverable sustainable projects.