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How do we make evaluation? How does evaluation make us? Join FOTL (Future of the Left - Andrea Franke and Ross Jardine) to discuss the process of evaluation.

Since November, FOTL have been working with Gasworks to develop an evaluation framework for the Participatory Residency through evaluating Jacob V. Joyce’s Connecting Communities project. They will share their findings so far with the launch of their Midpoint Report, opening up the conversation about the things that they are getting right and wrong.

They will be joined by artist Barby Asante, Lamis Bayar (Mental Fight Club), and Janna Graham (Goldsmiths) who will also share their evaluation experiences.

This event includes vegan tacos for lunch!



11:00 - 11:30: Introductions by Laura Hensser (Gasworks), Jacob V. Joyce and FOTL

11:30 - 12:00: (3 x 10min) Presentations about evaluation experiences. Janna Graham will be talking about the Centre for Possible Studies’ People's Research Seminar, Barby Asante will talk about about evaluation and the artist as troublemaker, and Lamis Bayar will be talking about whether evaluation is in fact a spent concept  

12:00 - 12:30: Question and discussions

12:30 - 1:30: Communal lunch at Gasworks (because talking over vegan tacos can be much easier than larger conversations)

1:30 - 2:00: Andrea and Ross introduce the Midpoint Report

2:00 - 3:30: Open discussion about the Midpoint Report

3:30 - 4:00: Andrea and Ross to finish with a list of actions to carry forward


Participant Biographies

Barby Asante is a London-based artist, curator, educator and occasional DJ. Her work is concerned with the politics of place, space, identity and the histories and legacies of colonialism making work that is collaborative, performative and dialogic. She has created works that consider migration, safe spaces to gather in cities antagonistic to ones presence and how one maps the self as a contributor to narratives of society, culture and politics.

Lamis Bayar is FOTL’s closest critic and confidant; the one that takes us to task every time we mess up (which is a lot – she would critique that statement). She is as conflicted about biographies as she is about evaluation, for reasons not entirely unconnected. She heads Mental Fight Club, a charity which exists to serve people with experience of a concatenation of vulnerabilities. /

Janna Graham is a practice-based researcher who has worked in the field of the curatorial for nearly twenty years. She has worked on exhibitions, residencies, research and writing at the intersection of art and contemporary social urgencies including the struggles around migration, gentrification, education, anti-racism and indigeneity. From 2008-13 Graham was, with Amal Khalaf and others, an instigator and curator of the Centre For Possible Studies, an offsite curatorial programme of Serpentine Galleries.


Please subscribe to the FOTL newsletter to keep up with the project, and to receive a copy of the Midpoint Report before the event. They will also have printed copies available on the day.