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Five Years consists of a membership of twelve contributors, each of whom may present two exhibition projects in the gallery every 18 months. Each contributor can choose to include their own work in one of these slots if they wish, but the other show must be purely invitational. Aside from these basic rules, each member acts autonomously of the others in deciding the nature and content of their contributions to Five Years’ exhibition programme. The creative freedom that this structure allows operates like an engine, generating a continuous, rapid succession of new projects and continuously branching out into unpredictable territory, beyond the control of any individual directorship.
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Five Years is an unfunded collaborative artists’ project. Founded in 1998, Five Years’ initial aim was to set up a gallery which was artist-run and where programming would maintain a direct relationship to practice. Five Years continues to develop this aim of maintaining close links between the production and exhibition of work, and the discourse which informs it.Rather than acting as a ‘curatorial’ entity, the group’s members continue to develop exhibition projects based around concerns emerging from their own practices; offering these projects as frameworks within which other artists can, through participation, respond to or engage in dialogue around the concerns being discussed by the group. Through these processes, Five Years aims to create a context which fosters productive dialogue between artists and the exposure of ambitious new work.
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My involvement with Five Years goes back to its starting point and site, in 40 Underwood st since 1998 but was only formalised after the move to the new space since 2006.
The structural set up of the project , leaves literally any of its members a space and a time to self manage and exercise curatorial experimental proposals ( including the possibility of displaying its own work)apart of also open the "network/web" to other artist as guest curators and to echo the main structural set up. The idea of a cooperative setting, based on a Free Association spirit where each member independently can self curate and self manage, seemed very challenging in the late nineties and very inspiring too. It was like an empty blank philosophical space where to try, make, re-formulate, change roles and ultimately fail too... as the results where not so important compared to any thing related to the journey/ experiences of such experiments and situations .

For the last years since 2010, I am conducting a series of explorations and comparative studies around the artist lead space/ curatorial new practices and spaces. I am hoping to publish those and to be part of the bigger conversation about what it means for an artist to consistently work on exhibition as medium, editing and publishing and self instituting via having a space, an address or site from where to experiment, wile also using the website format or the nomadic interchange of spaces or the site intervention as methods.

http://fiveyears.org.uk/index2.html

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 Five Years Publications / Dark Star     
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 curator Esther Planas July 2012   Beta-Local, Puerto Rico  
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 inst view: Beta-Local at Five Years     
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 inst view Beta-Local at Five Years      
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 guest curator Carmen Julia    talk on Julio Plaza /Puerto Rico 72 
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 comedor de los viernes /13 july/12   five years opening beta-local  
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 curator, activating Beta-Local PR   Comedor de los Viernes at FiveYears 
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 FiveYears Space Close Encounters 11   Richard Crow intervention  
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 performance lecture      
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 Richard Crow sound session/11   Close Encounters inside.... 
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 Richard Crow and alien visitors /11   Close Encounters inside.... 
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 Poster Michael Curran Screening/11     
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 Wild Savage Close Encounters/11     
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 The Wilds/ The Savage Conversations   Close Encounters..2011 
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 The Savage /Wild Conversations/11   close encounters inside the white c 
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 Joan Morey's set as The Visitor/11     
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 curated Esther Planas/2011   Close Encounters inside...March /11 
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 Free Association Vienna / Artist    Curated by Marc Hulson 
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 artist/lecturer curated: E.Dowrrian   yes i know free school/ curated E.D 
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 Yes I know Free School / lecture 09   Curated by Edward Dorrian  
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 artist / curated: Dennis Cooper     
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 artist/curator with A.W.Williams     
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 A4 Editions /Guest Artist    Curated by Marc Hulson/Susan Morris 
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 Inst Shot A4 works      
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 artist/curator with M.Hulson/08     
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 Periodical / Five Years publication   Curated Alex Shady/Rochelle Fry  
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 Periodical / Inst Shot     
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 PsychogeometryV artist/curator 2007     
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 artist /curator /project 2007     
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 PeriodicalPublication Project by FY     
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 Periodical Inst Shot      
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 artist/curator with Marc Hulson /07     
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 Inst shot Goo Goo Muck /07     
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 artist/curator with M. Hulson      
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 club esther contents 2004     
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 Club Esther/Curator/Performer 03     
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 guest project: 24/7 2002   4. Estado Independiente. Septiembre 
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 guest project: 24/7 2002   4. Estado Independiente. Septiembre 
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 artist/curator solo project 2002     
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 DS4// Solo Project /40 Underwood st   Dark Star publications/Installation 
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 Club Esther Contents 2003     
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 Five Years,Out Line Amsterdam2000   curated by Five Years as Collective 
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 Five Years,Outline Amsterdam 2000   performance by Dirty Snow 
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 DarkPop Artist/Curator withM.Hulson   Installation shot // 2000 
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 the red room/ artist 2000   film still  
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 The Red Room /artist , 2000   Installation ( Partial shot ) 
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 Promisse of Happiness 1999 (artist)   Curated by Edward Dorrian 
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 Promise of Happiness 1999 artist    Esther Planas/ Dirty Snow 
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 Inst Promise of Happiness 1999   Curated by Edward Dorrian