Helena Reckitt was primarily responsible for initiating the following programme elements. Other members of the programming team took primary responsibility for other parts of the Now You Can Go programme.
Panel Discussion: On Social Reproduction
Saturday 5 December
11.30pm – 1.30pm
ICA Cinema 1
Speakers: co-founders of the critical/activist organisation Plan C, Nicholas Beuret (by Skype); Marissa Begonia; Guardian journalist Dawn Foster; art historian Larne Abse Gogarty and artist Pablo Pakula. Chaired by academic Emma Dowling.
Pablo Pakula’s performance intervention was developed with Giulia Casalini and Diana Georgiou.
Panel was developed with panel chair Emma Dowling.
Feeling backwards, Nina Wakeford
Two night lecture and workshop on Sunday 6 December and Tuesday 8 December
7.15pm - 9.15pm
Panel Discussion - Rescue Missions: Women’s Art Recovered, Re-enacted, and Recuperated
Wednesday 9 December
ICA Cinema 1
Speakers: artist Sonia Boyce, director of the Live Art Development Agency, Lois Keidan, arts collector and supporter Valeria Napoleone and co-director of HollyBush Gardens, Lisa Panting. Chaired by art historian Amy Tobin.
Panel was developed with panel chair Amy Tobin.
Carla Lonzi Teach-In, Led by Teresa Kitler
Thursday 10 December
7.15pm – 9.15pm
Led by art historian Teresa Kittler
Our Future Network, Workshop led by Alex Martinis Roe
Thursday 10 and Friday 11 December 2015
Workshop was coordinated by Angela Bolletinari.
Now You Can Go seminar
Saturday 12 December
11.30am – 10pm
Day-and-evening-long seminar exploring legacies of feminist art, thinking and activism, especially in relation to Italian feminisms.
11.30am Introduction by Helena Reckitt
Don’t Think You Have Any Rights: The Challenges of Italian Feminisms
Talks by Fulvia Carnevale of Claire Fontaine; art theorist Marina Vishmidt (by Skype), and art theorist and Carla Lonzi specialist Giovanna Zapperi.
2.30pm – 4.00pm
The Challenges of Italian Feminisms Panel Discussion: keynote speakers Fulvia Carnevale of Claire Fontaine and Giovanna Zapperi are joined in discussion by artist Zach Blas and feminist legal theorist Maria Drakopoulou. Chaired by art historian Francesco Ventrella.
Including a screening of Alex Martinis Roe’s film A story from Circolo della rosa, 2014, about the Milan Women’s Bookstore Collective.
4.30pm – 6pm
In or Out?: On Leaving the Art World and Other Systems, Part 1
Artist Carla Cruz; artist Andrea Francke; and pedestrian and environmental activist Caroline Russell. Chaired by art historian Catherine Grant.
7pm – 8.30pm
In or Out?: On Leaving the Art World and Other Systems, Part 2
Curator and archivist Karen Di Franco; artist Karolin Meunier; artist Raju Rage; and Utopia Arts Artistic Director Frances Rifkin. Chaired by writer and curator Gabrielle Moser.
9pm – 9.30pm
A Feminist Chorus for Feminist Revolt by Lucy Reynolds
A spoken distillation of the monthly discussions and readings of Italian feminist texts made by the Feminist Duration Reading Group, and gathered into a score by Lucy Reynolds.
Herstories from Italy
Sunday 13 December
6pm – 8.30pm
Case studies on feminist artistic and militant collectives in Italy by art historian Katia Almerini (Cooperativa Beato Angelico), writer, researcher and curator Giulia Damiani (Le Nemesiache collective) and an exposition of contemporary feminist artistic collectives by Giulia Casalini on behalf of ArchivioQueerItalia.com. Followed by keynote talk by philosopher Olivia Guaraldo on polyvocality and sexual difference and the work of Adriana Cavarero, who is joined in conversation by cultural critic Angie Voela.
Panel developed in collaboration with panel chair Diana Georgiou.
Selected Now You Can Go events are documented on the websites of the ICA and Video in Common.
Now You Can Go - Fulvia Carnevale (Claire Fontaine)
Helena Reckitt Introduction
The Challenges of Italian Feminism
In or Out: On Leaving the Artworld and Other Systems, 1
In or Out: On Leaving the Artworld and Other Systems, 2
Herstories from Italy
Herstories from Italy, Giulia Damiani
On Social Reproduction
Now You Can Go was supported by the Arts Council of England, Grants for the Arts.
With additional support from EWVA European Women’s Video Art in the 70s and 80s (DJCAD, University of Dundee); Canada Council for the Arts; Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Programme for Visual Artists (IASPIS); Electra; and the Annual Fund, the Art Department, and the Women’s Art Library at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Programme collaborator and speaker Fulvia Carnevale of Claire Fontaine organised two follow up programmes in 2016. She edited an issue of the French/English bilingual journal May Revue, which included contributions from several Now You Can Go programme participants in addition to those of additional contributors. Volume 16, No 10, 2016
Carnival also organised the symposium “Work, strike and self-abolition. Feminist perspectives on the act of creating freedom” at La Monnaie in Paris.
Both the journal issue and the symposium aimed to update the debate on the process of subjectivation in the heart and on the outskirts of the creative process.
This questions were discussed in the light of feminist theories that have explored the question of subjectivity and the possibility of establishing non-utilitarian relationships, capable of producing a generalized expansion of the field of art and creation conceived not only as creation of works but as creations of life forms.
The proofreading the concept of work and criteria that measure productivity in our society was central to the event; the ratio between the recognized work and the underground and invisible one of everyday life, between production and reproduction (of others and oneself), between the artwork and its absence will be the subject of discussions and explorations from the different interveners.
Contributors: Claire Fontaine, Julia Bryan-Wilson, Elisabeth Lebovici, Helena Reckitt, Marina Vishmidt, Giovanna Zapperi.
The event coincided with the publication of a special issue of the bilingual French/English journal May Revue, edited by Claire Fontaine, on responses to Italian feminism and the resonance of the Now You Can Go programme.