ASX + Void announces their first two Laboratory Master Classes,
with acclaimed photographers Mark Power and Todd Hido
Mark Power — Athens, 31 OCT – 03 NOV ‘19
A 4-day workshop in Athens with mark Power + ASX & Void's team
Mark Power (b. Harpenden, UK, 1959) took up a camera soon after graduating with a degree in painting in 1981. He then worked in the editorial and charity markets for nearly ten years before accepting a teaching post at the University of Brighton in 1992, first as a senior Lecturer, then as the Professor of Photography, a position he held until he left teaching in 2017. His work in education coincided with a shift towards long-term, self initiated projects which now sit comfortably alongside a number of large-scale commissions in the industrial sector.
For many years his work has been seen in numerous galleries and museums across the world, and is in several important collections, both public and private, including the Arts Council of England, the British Council, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London; the Pompidou Centre in Paris; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Pier 24 (San Francisco) and the Milwaukee Art Museum in America, and the Marrakech Museum of Photography and Visual Art in Morocco.
To date Power has published eleven books: The Shipping Forecast (1996), a poetic response to the esoteric language of daily maritime weather reports; Superstructure (2000), a documentation of the construction of London's Millennium Dome; The Treasury Project (2002), about the restoration of a nineteenth-century historical monument: 26 Different Endings (2007), which depicts those landscapes unlucky enough to fall just off the edge of the London A-Z, a map which could be said to define the boundaries of the British capital; The Sound of Two Songs (2010), the culmination of his five year project set in contemporary Poland following her accession to the European Union; Mass (2013), an investigation into the power and wealth of the Polish Catholic church; Die Mauer ist Weg! (2014), about chance and choice when confronted, accidentally, with a major news event - in this case the fall of the Berlin Wall; Destroying the Laboratory for the Sake of the Experiment (2016), a collaboration with the poet Daniel Cockrill about pre-Brexit England; Icebreaker (2018) which documents two Finnish ships operating in the Bay of Bothnia; and Good Morning, America Volume One (2018) and Volume Two (2019). The latter project will eventually be published as a five-book set.
Mark Power joined Magnum Photos as a Nominee in 2002, and became a full Member in 2007. He lives in Brighton with his partner Jo, their children Chilli (b.1998) and Milligan (b.2002) and their dog Kodak.
Participants will be chosen to spend 4 days working closely with Mark at Void’s space in the heart of Athens. The participants will have access to Mark, ASX, and the Void team and the focus of the workshop will be to explore the cityscape of Athens, using its natural, historical and political climate to examine how photographic documents are produced and sequenced to reflect the city and its inhabitants. This is a loose concept and participants are encouraged to think obliquely, but should have a foreknowledge of Mark’s work.
The key elements of this workshop will be to explore Athens with Mark and produce work of a professional accord. The focus of which will be to consider the “Polis”-the collective elements of the city as seen through its landscape and people.
The workshop will focus on Mark’s methodology and his ability to work with Athens as a site. Participants will have access to his practice by their inclusion. The VOID side of the laboratory aspect will focus on zine production of students work, but there will also be lectures and interviews led by Brad Feuerhelm of ASX culminating in a public slideshow of the participants work and a conversation with Mark on the final day of the workshop. Participants will have one on one access with ASX, VOID, and Mark Power when reviewing their work in short sessions and throughout the course of the workshop. It will be intensive and we believe that all components between, artist, publisher and ASX will be an enriching environment for the participant.
The workshop is open up to a maximum of 16 participants. This workshop features three key components that students will have access to-the artist Mark Power, the publisher VOID and the American Suburb X platform.
How to submit
To submit your work, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Laboratory – Mark Power” as a subject with a PDF file (5 Mb max.) containing 10-15 images that best represent your body of work.
In the email, include a short C.V. and your reason for wanting to participate in the workshop.
The investment for the 4-day workshop will be: €550 for the early birds (up to 6 seats, first come, first serve), which is due by September 2, 2019. Early birds are expected to pay the full amount by no later than October 4th. Participants registering after this date will not receive the early bird discount and are expected to pay €650.
International participants are encouraged to arrive one day before the workshop begins. It will also be expected to make their own travel arrangements, insurance and find accommodation.
We can advise on finding the accommodation that best suits you.
Important to note that most of the day time will be spent at Void.
All photographers must bring all necessary equipment, like cameras, laptops, memory stick, and whatever tools that apply to your creative process as tripods, flash, etc.
To fit on the flow of the workshop’s shooting and review, this is a digital-encouraged course.
Each participant must bring a printed sample of their existing work. 10 to 15 printed photos, small format.
The workshop will be lead in English.
29 JUL '19 – Open for applications
02 SEP ‘19 – Deadline for early birds applications
04 SEP ‘19 – Notification of early birds acceptance
20 SEP '19 – Deadline for applications
04 OCT '19 – First non-refundable deposit of €350 to be due
18 OCT '19 – Second installment to be due
31 OCT '19 – Workshop begins
03 NOV '19 – Workshop ends & open to public projection of students' work at Void - Conversation with the artist
Terms & Conditions
Participants are responsible to make their own arrangements regarding travel and accommodation.
We can inform you about accommodation and food options if needed.
Void reserves the right to cancel the workshop due to insufficient participants or reasons beyond our control. In such a case a full and immediate refund will be issued. In the event of a cancellation, students will be given 10 days in advance notice. Void is not responsible for reimbursement of travel expenses in case the workshop is cancelled. We highly recommend that you buy refundable air tickets and/or travel insurance.
If a participant decides to cancel for whatever reason, this must be confirmed in writing. The date we receive the written notification will be used as the date the student gave his notice to cancel, at which time the following fees will apply:
• if the participant informs of cancellation at least 6 days before the first day of the workshop, Void will credit all the registration cost to be used against a future workshop within a year.
• if the participant informs of cancellation less than 5 days before the workshop starts, credits cannot be issued.
• ASX + Void reserves the right to cancel a reservation if full payment has not been received by 10 days before the start of the workshop.
Early Bird participants must pay the entire fee at the stated date or be forced to give their seat to the next available participant interested in the discount.