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WHERE DO WE GO FROM NOW?

“I propose a world of simplicity, forgiveness; a world with no anger; and a world of love for our planet and all human beings living in it. It’s very simple but it’s a lot to do.” – Marina Abramović

In the lead up to COP26, CIRCA is dedicating their global art and culture platform to a month-long public investigation of the urgent question ‘WHERE DO WE GO FROM NOW?’, featuring key responses from world leading artists, activists and thinkers including Ai Weiwei, Marina Abramović, Nikita Gale, Indy Johar and Tom Whyman amongst others. Making public art truly public, CIRCA is offering everyone who answers this question the once in a lifetime opportunity to both see their response appear on the iconic Piccadilly Lights and win a special signed print by Ai Weiwei worth £5,000.

Ai Weiwei said: “To be a healthy human society we have to respect each other, and we have to really pay our respects to humanity and to really defend humanity, human rights and freedom of speech.”

‘WHERE DO WE GO FROM NOW?’ harnesses today’s global moment of unpredictable flux to propose routes toward more inclusive, more creative and fairer societies, placing a focus on the shared “now” of this unique post-crisis moment, rather than the divided “here” of our individual circumstances. This aims to propel the CIRCA public art programme into its next phase of connecting public art with public debate, a year on from its launch with Ai Weiwei in October 2020. 

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Commemorating CIRCA’s one year anniversary this October, Ai Weiwei has created a special edition of 51 hand-typed and signed #CIRCAECONOMY prints. Available to purchase on CIRCA.ART for £5,000, the prints will be ‘dropped’ at some point during the month. Expanding on their commitment to provide equal opportunities to all, one lucky person will win the 51st edition by Ai Weiwei for simply responding to the question ‘WHERE DO WE GO FROM NOW?’ via a submission box on the CIRCA homepage. The #WINAWEIWEI winner will be drawn at random by Ai Weiwei LIVE! in Piccadilly Circus on 30 October. 

Proceeds from the drop will go towards supporting the CIRCA free public art programme in London, Tokyo and Seoul whilst also empowering their #CIRCAECONOMY initiative which is designed to commission new public art in our communities, nurture a more diverse cultural industry and support emerging creative potential across the U.K. and beyond with life changing opportunities.

This October, Marina Abramović will announce the winner of their inaugural CIRCA x Dazed Class of 2021 who will receive a cash prize of £30,000 generated entirely from the sale of #CIRCAECONOMY prints by artists including Patti Smith, David Hockney and more. 

Alongside their monthly schedule broadcast across screens in London’s Piccadilly Circus, Tokyo and Seoul, CIRCA will publish its first-ever print publication, a foldout roadmap to the future. 10,000 copies printed on 100% recycled paper will be freely distributed during Frieze week, and at events in the run-up to the COP26 conference in Glasgow on 31 October. 

The roadmap will feature commissioned responses to the question ‘WHERE DO WE GO FROM NOW’ from artist Pan Daijing, writer Charlie Fox, design studio REM Atelier, poet Emily Pope, architect Indy Johar, philosopher Tom Whyman, activist Marylize Biubwa, among many others.

OCTOBER PROGRAMME

1-13 Oct: An introduction to October’s question ‘WHERE DO WE GO FROM NOW?’ featuring Ai Weiwei, Marina Abramovic, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Cauleen Smith, Vivienne Westwood and Patti Smith a.o., with a public call to submit responses on the CIRCA website.

14 Oct: Marina Abramović announces the winner of CIRCA & Dazed’s Class of 2021 in Piccadilly Circus during a special 10 min presentation.

14-31 Oct: CIRCA presents the curated public responses to the question;

30 Oct: Ai Weiwei special screening in Piccadilly Circus and #WINAWEIWEI winner announcement.

CIRCA PUBLIC SCREENING TIMES AND LOCATIONS:

London – Piccadilly Lights, 20:21 GMT/BST
Tokyo – Yunika Vision, 09:00 JST
Seoul – K Pop Square, 20:21 KST

 

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Jyoty
Talking to myself in hotel rooms at night. Poland, 2 [...]

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A Sai Ta
Untitled, 2021

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Adam Heardman
Rings in Ropes of Snow

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Roosmarijn Pallandt
Untitled, 2019

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Akira Takamiya
Where Do We Go From Tokyo, 2020

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Aukje Dekker
TELL ME, 2021

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Cassi Namoda
Found Image, 2021

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Charlie Fox
WHERE DO WE GO NOW? A BUNCH OF STUFF FROM THE FUTURE [...]

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Clare Farrell
Where do we go from now? Circa 2021

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Darius Rodrigues
CAN'T DO THIS WITHOUT YOU, 2021

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FAR-NEAR
A Thousand Year Old Egg, A Question, 2021
Rym Beydoun
Still life, 28-08-2021

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Adam Heardman
Rings in Ropes of Snow

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Francis and Anthony Almendárez
Labor of Love, 2021

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Gãy
SỐNG VỚI LŨ

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Indy Johar & Jenny Grettve
​I am a plurality: we are they.

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Ivan Cheng
Where do we go from from now? 2021

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Jeppe Ugelvig
Untitled, 2021

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Joni Zhu
Destination, Circulation, Where Are We Going?, 2021

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@freeze_magazine
Untitled, 2021
Sophia Al Maria
DK but we’re taking it slow, 2010 - 2019

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Liza Diekema
Acquiescence, 2021

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Lydia Ourahmane
It doesn’t matter where you are as long as you’r [...]

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Marylize Biubwa
THE CRISIS IS NOT OVER. NOW, WE REBUILD, 2021
William Farr
Rivers of Oil in The Vallies and Nowhere to Go, 2021

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Mustafah Abdulaziz
Flooded graveyard. North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, [...]

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Nikita Gale
Untitled, 2021

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Every day throughout the month, you can watch, read and discover more from our CIRCA artists and contributors. Select any day on the calendar to learn more or go back in time and explore the archive.