Title: Rational Rec
Location: Bethnal Green Working Men's Club, Whitechapel Gallery, Southbank Centre, Wilton's Music Hall, Spitalfields Market etc
Date: October 2005 - July 2008, December 2009 -
Type: curatorial project
With: Russell Martin
Media: Images & Videos
Rational Rec is an interdisciplinary arts organisation founded in 2005 by Cecilia Wee, Matthew Shlomowitz and Russell Martin. After three highly successful seasons of monthly events at Bethnal Green Working Men's Club, Rational Rec is now programmed by Cecilia Wee and Russell Martin. During our first three years of activity Rational Rec worked with over 220 artists, commissioned over 60 new works from a variety of different artists working in the visual arts, film, theatre, performance, music and literature - presenting these to a diverse audience at over 30 events around London. We have completed successful partnerships with Whitechapel Gallery, Southbank Centre, the BBC, LUX, Artquest, Spitalfield's Festival and Bethnal Green Working Men's Club and have received funding from Arts Council England, the PRS Foundation, the Holst Foundation and the Hinrichsen Foundation.
Rational Rec's unique contribution to the contemporary London art scene has been an insistence on interdisciplinarity. Through a programme of invited commissions Rational Rec encouraged artists to present their work together in new ways; composers worked alongside dancers and writers, filmmakers met with poets, musicians worked with live artists and printmakers to create new works.
In December 2009, we launch Rational Rec Projects, an interdisciplinary, collaborative commission bringing together three artists working in diverse media at a pivotal stage in their careers, who work in emerging, socially or critically engaged practices. The artists have been selected by Rational Rec's directors with input from our advisory board, who will also work directly with the selected artists and Rational Rec's directors on bespoke professional development support to improve the artists' careers and provide a springboard to future projects and commissions.