Text and images by Frederic Anderson,
This Pop Up Common Room took the form of a series of three informal crit sessions held at the Griffin Gallery this spring. The sessions were organised by Engine Chat Chat in collaboration with the UAL Postgraduate Community, and hosted by the Griffin Gallery.
Selected by Postgraduate Community, twelve artists from across UAL were invited to take part in the sessions after having submitted an application. One of the most important aspects of the event, and one of the main strengths of the Postgraduate Community as a whole, was that it brought together current students and recent graduates. It also created a vibrant mix of different disciplines – sculpture, expanded painting, photography, participatory art, research projects, auto-destructive art. This diversity of career stage, perspective and discipline was one of the event’s unique points of interest. Having outside opinions pitched from a broad base of different points of view, created a vibrant arena for the contextualisation and criticism of the works presented.