Study Days

Feral Business Research Network

25 – 26 June 2018

Outdoor Bowls Pavilion
Barking Park
Essex IG11 8TA

Kate Rich

What can artists do for business? The Feral Business Research Network brings together radical economic scholars, artist-organisers, business operators and other researchers around this urgent question.

At a time when ‘business as usual’ has been cast broadly into doubt, this workshop will investigate how art practice might be mobilised to design new, wild and experimental shapes in business and enterprise for a radically reimagined economy. Participants will collect and analyse non-model and ‘outlier’ business practices from the arts (and elsewhere); and consider what other kinds of experiments with business could be activated. Business as a platform for design experiments evokes the work of ‘inventing the future’ more prominently associated with the disruptive industries of Silicon Valley, but is rarely explored with artists and outside a capitalist frame.

This two-day workshop at the Centre for Plausible Economies is by invitation only but will conclude with a free programme of public talks on Tuesday June 26th at 1830h, hosted by Urban Knights. Talks are open to all but reservations requested, via

The network is organised by researchers from the University of the West of England (UWE), the Cube Microplex (Bristol), Brave New Alps (Rovereto), FoAM Kernow (Penryn) and Company Drinks (Barking).

Supported by: the Digital Cultures Research Centre, UWE; and Company Drinks.