Dave Beech, Andy Hewitt and Mel Jordan work collectively as Freee. We make artworks combining the technologies of advertising, political protest and merchansise with text art, photography and public works with the spatial and bodily concerns of installation art and performance. At the intersection between art and politics with particular emphasis on the public sphere understood as the activities of the formation of the public through acts of publishing and opinion exchange, our work is critically engaged with the history of public art and socially engaged art, speech act theory and theories of art's social turn.
Freee conceive of publics through techniques that derive from montage: cutting, pasting, rearranging, splitting and joining. Individuals and groups are temporarily cut out of the community and pasted into new configurations, rearranged through discursive processes of splitting and joining (disagreeing and agreeing) and then reassembled in a new totality through acts of collective publishing. If a teapot is a technology for a chat, then what kind of technology does the public sphere need: mechanisms for publishing, modes of conviviality or a specific combination of the two? Neither markets nor states produce a public. Consumers have cash, voters have votes, but members of a public have opinions, make judgements and hold values that they express through discursive interactions.
NEWS | EXHIBITIONS | EVENTS
A solo exhibition by the Freee art collective at NN gallery, Northampton. It will run between 5 November–24 December 2016 and will include the publication of a new manifesto entitled ‘More’. Freee will stage various events during the exhibition including collaborations with practitioners and publics to accumulate ideas about social and cultural transformation.
‘City Club’ includes new public art commissions, a programme of live events with The Stables, digital projects with Bletchley Park and other partners, numerous talks, workshops and community engagement programmes. Freee Artist Collective and artist Vito Acconci will create a new large-scale mobile sculpture called ‘Citizen Ship’. The sculpture will visit residential estates, schools and playgrounds, ending its journey outside MK Gallery ready for the October 2017 celebrations.