BRG Collective’s occupation of the OSR Project Space explores the hypothetical notion of what it would be like for this geographically dispersed artist group to share a collective studio.

Using props in the form of tables and display panels, alongside instructional posters and a seemingly random collection of objects amassed from previous projects, BRG Collective explore how the space becomes a stage for active participation, with visitors taking a leading role.

With an aesthetic that mimics the type of community consultation events taking place in village halls across the country the collective, rather than presenting drawings of proposed urban developments or plans demonstrating the benefits of hydraulic fracking, use their props as creative triggers for an on-going investigation into notions of collaboration.

Exploring creative processes through game playing is at the heart of BRG ‘s practice with the Collective navigating the space between individual creative impulse and group mentality, often getting lost or distracted, only to find new and unexpected paths.

The title of the exhibition comes from the initial open call for artist groups to submit a proposal to take over OSR Project Space. In corporate finance the ‘lobster trap’ is terminology for an anti-takeover strategy derived from the fact that these traps are designed to catch large lobsters but allow small lobsters to escape. By taking over the project space BRG Collective are in turn captured becoming part of OSR Projects collective history.

“The artist relies upon the participants’ creative exploitation of the situation that he/she offers – just as participants require the artists’ cue and direction. The relationship between artist/participant is a continual play of mutual tension, recognition and dependency”

Claire Bishop. Artificial Hells: Participatory art and the politics of spectatorship 2012 p279

OSR Project Space, Church Street, West Coker, Somerset, UK

21 September – 6 October 2013

The BRG collective is a practical investigation and research group focusing on collaborative processes. BRG aims to build on its relationship with creative practitioners around the UK to extend and develop a strong network of collaborators and a greater understanding of the means and benefits of synergy.

BRG invite organisations, galleries, artists and curators to engage with them in their aims through projects and events. It is hoped that links will be made, theories will develop and, of course, the production of innovative contemporary art will ensue.

BRG Collective Website