Lobster Trap Exhibition Information
OSR Projects presents
BRG Collective – The Lobster Trap
21 September – 6 October 2013
Thursday – Saturday 11am – 5pm
Friday 27 September: Special event run by the BRG Collective
6 -9pm at the OSR Project Space
“The artist relies upon the participants’ creative exploitation of the situation that he/she offers – just as participants require the artists’ cue and direction. The relationship between artist/participant is a continual play of mutual tension, recognition and dependency”
Claire Bishop. Artificial Hells: Participatory art and the politics of spectatorship 2012 p279
The BRG Collective describe themselves as ‘a practical investigation and research group focusing on collaborative processes.’ Since 2008 they have worked on a series of projects that explore different approaches to working together and with others. Every project assumes its own form through a democratic process and natural evolution of ideas. Each member has an individual practice – be that curatorial or artistic – which informs BRG but does not dictate its trajectory; rather BRG, as a morphing ‘organism’, grows from its members and their individual experiences – taking on a distinctly ‘BRG’ character.
OSR Projects is an evolving curatorial project that creates a platform for engagement with the world through artist-led activity. The OSR Project Space, located in rural Somerset, is a place for incubation, exhibition and engagement, delivering artist-led projects which place people at the centre of artistic activity.
The Lobster Trap
BRG Collective’s occupation of the OSR Project Space explores the hypothetical notion of what it would be like for this geographically dispersed artist group to share a collective studio.
Using props in the form of tables and display panels, alongside instructional posters and a seemingly random collection of objects amassed from previous projects, BRG Collective explore how the space becomes a stage for active participation, with visitors taking a leading role.
With an aesthetic that mimics the type of community consultation events taking place in village halls across the country the collective, rather than presenting drawings of proposed urban developments or plans demonstrating the benefits of hydraulic fracking, use their props as creative triggers for an on-going investigation into notions of collaboration.
Exploring creative processes through game playing is at the heart of BRG ‘s practice with the Collective navigating the space between individual creative impulse and group mentality, often getting lost or distracted, only to find new and unexpected paths.
The title of the exhibition comes from the initial open call for artist groups to submit a proposal to take over OSR Project Space. In corporate finance the ‘lobster trap’ is terminology for an anti-takeover strategy derived from the fact that these traps are designed to catch large lobsters but allow small lobsters to escape. By taking over the project space BRG Collective are in turn captured becoming part of OSR Projects collective history.
Simon Lee Dicker Artist/OSR Projects
Thanks to Nia Metcalfe, Grace Davies, Chantelle Henocq, Georgina Conroy