Second Degree Potentias

A Potentia is a form of social organisation that prioritises human flourishing and environmental sustainability. It is like a Utopia but rooted in the here and now; it is possible to trace a route from here to Potentia.

Jane_Lawson_Necessary-Human-Elements-of-a-Potentia_3670Necessary Human Elements of a Potentia
Ink, watercolour, pencil, tempera, fake gold leaf on Hahnemühle paper, 108 x 78 cm, 2016. Photo by Jules Lister

Second Degree Potentias was a curatorial project that took place in 2016.
It comprised:
A Research and Development residency with the artists Roger BygottSandra BouguerchAnnie HarrisonJane Lawson, Monty, Lea Torp Nielsen and Claire Tindale
Start Where You Are: Second Degree Potentias, an exhibition at Bloc Projects, Sheffield, featuring new commissions by the artists above, along with work by Tim EtchellsEllie Harrison and John Newling
Democracy Outside participatory performance by Clare Bonetree
Art Possibility Action, a workshop at Sheffield Hallam University investigating how artists can make work that is both politically and artistically effective with presentations from the artist Nina Edge, Kerry Morrison of In Situ, James Marriott of Platform and Liberate Tate.
32-page publication: Start Where You Are

Potentian Thought Experiment N0. 1
Digital prints, mixed media, 2016; other work shown is SiO2 (mixed media, tassels): Lea Torp Nielsen and The York Texts: John Newling (film). Photo by Jules Lister

Jane_Lawson_Potentian-and-Utopian-Timelines_3655Potentian and Utopian Timelines
Digital prints, 2015/16. Photo by Jules Lister

Jane_Lawson_Potentian-Elements_3649Potentian Elements
Mixed Media, 2015/16. Photo by Jules Lister