Five Years draws to a close the call-for-proposals project:
Being Together is not Enough.
As outlined… this is an open project that aimed to support and examine the ideas of anyone interested in setting up groups. Anyone who already organised together and who wanted to share work practices and experience. Or simply. Anyone who wanted to declare and engage on issues.
It’s a sprawling thing that now finds those who participated last year contributing further to a printed publication. As agreed. All editorial responsibility, control and copyright are entirely the authors.
The publication will be presented at Five Years (5-13 October 2019) in draft format to go through the process of proofing for final publication (TBC).
We therefore, invite everyone who contributed to formally  or informally  talk about their contributions in the space at Five Years: To read, discuss, contest, edit.
Together with a public.
Edward Dorrian (Five Years)
Five Years is open 5 - 13 October 2019
Saturday - Sunday 12-6pm
Events listed below are also free and open to all. More to follow.
Saturday 12 October 2019
Gallery open for general discussion of participating contributors to the project and publication.
This offers opportunity for participants to proof the draft publication. A performative exercise.
Sunday 13 October 2019
Esi Eshun: Bad Poets. A performance lecture.
How and why do groups organise themselves? Must we? Or rather. How and why must we organise ourselves?
Roundtable Discussion: Edward Dorrian introduces
with Esi Eshun, Anna Chiandet, and Jane Engelfield
How and why do groups organise themselves? Must we? Or rather. How and why must we organise ourselves? What we? The we that has no part. In participation. What does this mean? To ‘deal in the promise of groups and togetherness’. Not the we’re-all-in-this-together. But the contention that this wrong exactly marks our disagreement. ‘How to live together’? Here’s an idea. Don’t. Call the police. At stake. A subtraction. Both potential and problematics. A radical democracy. Being placed together and in-common. A nothing in common. The we without. Speech. Voice. Forming a declaration of wants, desires, intended acts, political claims. Etc. Attempting. A community of equals. A do-good bunch. Our naïveté. Calling. By any means necessary. A possible and fragmentary plurality. A potentially egalitarian collectivity. Working and unworking a contested common ground. Calling for what. What’s ‘our research’? A freedom of assembly. Free association as the precondition of politics itself. A performative exercise. In actu. Call the police! A joint enterprise at play. In struggle. Enough. Who we? We Them. We popular politics risking ever-denounced so-called populism. Not to be found. A fragile collectivity. What post-utopia happiness. Our militancy. Our insurgency-at-work. Drawing out. Precariously demonstrating. Other ways of speaking. Fearlessly. Enacting in horizontal-connection. The articulations of self-designation. Self-constitution. In resistance. Solidarity. Our so-called critical models. Or perhaps simply. Just what is it to participate and to have a common interaction with others? Please. We call on you.