FLOAT 2014 will take place will take place Monday, August 11 - Sunday, Aug. 17th, 2014 at a peaceful country retreat near Lesterville, MO situated on 160 acres of Black River front private property and centrally located to unique public lands including Johnson Shut-ins and Elephant Rocks State Parks.

This year’s guest will be the Italian collective Radical Intention (Valerio Del Baglivo, Maria Pecchioli and Aria Spinelli) who will share their activities and lead a workshop entitled Does the group have a spokesperson?, focused on consensus practices and listening techniques in group working.

Through group exercises, the assemblage of specific objects, dinners, daily field trips and, of course, relaxation, FLOAT 2014 will be a week of experiment in collaboration, mutual listening and communal living. Questions at the basis of these discussion and activities include: Can the simple act of ‘gathering’ be the basis for discovering and articulating new possibilities? What makes a group work? What determines consensus in group working? How might we utilize the time and space allotted to create models of ‘productive’ coexistence outside the confines of conventional commercial and academic structures and metrics of evaluation? Is (collective) self-isolation a productive strategy to consider these issues?

FLOAT 2014 participants: Yaelle Amir, Timothy Amundson, Jessica Borusky, Julia Cole, Kristin Fleischmann and Philip Matthews, Kendall Harbin, Jeremy Mohler, Annie Shaw, DeAnna Skedel, Laurencia Strauss and Mark Zimmerman.

Through research-driven approaches Radical Intention expands the horizon of possibilities for collective experiences\actions focusing on the affinity between the social-political and artistic practice. Collaborative research, activism, alternative education, gatherings, minor narratives and the politics of hospitality play a continuing and vital role within the methodology and concepts of the group. Active since 2009, Radical Intention has organized such cultural projects as Milano Radicale, a series of events that explored the concept of radicalism and its possible contextualization in contemporary art in Milan and beyond, Becoming Rather Than Being, a project that have explored the politics of self-education, and Decompression Gathering Summer Camp, an annual workshop-residency which offers a week of decompression, communal living and group working at the end of the summer.

FLOAT 2014 is supported in part by DE.MO./MOVIN’UP’, as part of the I session of MOVIN’UP 2014, curated by the MINISTERO DEI BENI E DELLE ATTIVITA’ CULTURALI E DEL TURISMO, Direzione Generale per il paesaggio, le belle arti, l’architettura e l’arte contemporanee, Direzione Generale per lo spettacolo dal vivo, and GAI – Associazione per il Circuito dei Giovani Artisti Italiani.