On a sticky June afternoon, five travellers from disparate corners of time arrive in an area called Pimlico; at their helm is a crazed prophet from the year 15060. Against the fierce odds of a desolate future, he has wrenched an arcane time-travelling device from the dead hands of a crumbled dominant order. Hurtling backwards through the main stages of civilization, he has assembled a band of four companions, in order to transport them to the unassuming site upon which so many important strands of history converged.
Rallying a group of followers, the travellers will lead a tour around the area called Pimlico, and visit sites at which they feel the particular social, economic and political narratives, which have brought about the state of the future, have their origins. Through dialogue and action, they will begin to question and unpick these sites, considering how possible changes in the present might cause the future to flow along different paths…
As part of the degree show, SALT will be collaborating with ARK to bring you Future Tours; guided tours exploring the area directly around Chelsea College.
The tours will be lead by a group of five voyagers who have traveled back to the 21st century from far flung corners of the future, in order to explore specific locations in the present at which trends or events in their times have their origins. Tours will include a future London suffocated by Olympic celebrations, ham sandwiches from the Pig Farm in historical protest site Millbank Tower, oppositional yoga designed to counter the passivity of enforced relaxation, and an unlikely alliance formed in the jaws of the end of culture itself.
Tours will be running at 1pm on Monday 18th June, Wednesday 20th June and Friday 22nd June, and will last for about 30 minutes. Meet at the entrance of CLG17, by the bottom of the stairs leading up to the library.
All are welcome, see www.salt-futurebox.tumblr.com for more information.
To sign up to a tour, email us at email@example.com with your name and the date of the tour you would like to attend. Or just come along on the day!
As part of the Chelsea College of Art and Design degree show, we are setting up a zine distro and library. There will be all different kinds of printed material and self-made things, some to take away for free, some to buy and some kept in a library/archive, to browse through in the space.
We are interested in zines and self published material as a cheap, unofficial way of sharing ideas and creating enthusiastic dialogues which are lacking elsewhere, and a potential way of transgressing boundaries between cultural disciplines. We wish to explore the role of the amateur; what it means to create your own site of exchange outside of institutions and how these smaller sites might function, our own role as an alternative platform of knowledge distribution and preservation.
We would like to invite everyone to send us something to include in this; be it zines, printed material or anything at all that you have produced independently.
The degree show runs from the 15th June – 23rd June 2012 at Chelsea College of Art and Design, 16 John Islip Street, London, SW1P 4JU.
For further information; email firstname.lastname@example.org or our Facebook page www.facebook.com/SALTsoapbox.
Contributions should be sent to 98 Camberwell Grove, Camberwell, London, SE5 8RF. And can be received no later than the 1st June 2012.
We are currently gathering material for an issue of SALT made up entirely of interviews and things relating to interviews. SALT believes in the importance of the free availability, transfer and exchange of knowledge. With existing institutions of knowledge-sharing under threat, with such government moves as the increase of university tuition fees and the closing of libraries, we believe the role of the amateur and the power created by sharing is becoming more and more pertinent.
As such, we want to explore our own position as an alternative platform that is able to facilitate knowledge-sharing. Our ultimate goal is to produce a publication that we hope will encompass a variety of interviews, interests and ideas.
Submissions should be sent to email@example.com by 5th May 2012. Here is the callout in full –
As part of the Stage Three Interim exhibition in January 2012 at Chelsea College of Art and Design, SALT presented Join The Party in which an anonymous party attendant gave out silver party hats to anyone who would like one.
Our work often invites the viewer or audience to contribute or become part of the work in some way; whether that’s by collaborating in the lead up to a piece of work, joining in a particular situation or contributing to publications.
During the private view of the exhibition there was a performance by Dr Peabody, a band who’s members are involved in SALT in differing ways. The combination of the party hats and the music seemed to give the private view a particularly lively atmosphere and tied them together as pieces of work, demonstrating the overlaps which often occur between the practices of those who we work closely with. The idea of working as a looser, larger collective group and of putting on more events-based nights with a mixture of performance, music, comedy etc, are things that we have been talking about for a while, and it was really interesting to see in this exhibition how this might work.
We documented the work with disposable cameras, one each, the photos from which will soon be made into a publication, so watch this space!
The Challenging the New World Order with Inadequate but Magical Weapons exhibition at The Old Police station do-it-yourself art centre in Deptford was a huge success! A massive thankyou to everyone involved; the artists who took part in the show, the staff at The Old Police station for all their help and for running the bar on the private view night, and everyone who came along to see the show!
Here are some photos from the private view…
The audience enjoying the performance works.
Dr Peabody performing.
SALT supports websites such as Wikipedia which closed down for 24 hours yesterday in protest against the new SOPA and PIPA acts, which through heavy handed attempts to limit online piracy would seriously damage the freedom of the web.