8 June 2020


Venue: Common House [online location]

Organiser: Elaine Tam

GOOD INTEN/S/IONS proposes intersectional, cross-purpose group activities; an artistic endeavour, a meeting of strangers, a self-led therapeutic network, a secret society, a discussion group.

If extensions reach outward, intensions spiral inward. The future has been suspended, our social circles have shrunken, activities have been withdrawn. No friends, no family, no fun. If we once used words like “alienation” or “isolation” as figures of speech to describe our mental condition, we now find they are material states of being. Could this be our “new normal”?


Together, we will consider how we inhabit the everyday and look at examples of artistic processes that transform, distort, deny or pursue it. We will talk about things like: What is a politics of the ordinary, the non-exceptional, the bog-standard? What is the “everyday” and how are we shaped by it? How can we use common languages and materials to (re)create worlds? How do we (re)invent the outside from the inside?

The convenors will throw in a mixed bag of art and ideas for discussion: the Readymade, dérive, architectonics, atmospheric attunements, autofiction, micro-actions, the infrathin. As co-producers of knowledge, the group is invited to use the session as an open forum, to share their thoughts and experiences on art, mind and the social.

Attendees will receive the session material and an audio-guide in a follow-up e-mail.

Come as you are, no experience or expertise is needed!


This session will be convened online by Elaine & Arthur:

Elaine Tam (b. Hong Kong) is a London-based writer and curator currently working at White Cube gallery. Her research interests include failure, thresholds and the poetics of everyday life.

Arthur Gouillart (b. Paris) is an interaction designer with a focus on design fiction and its material and conceptual permutations. His research interests include investigative design, ecological thinking and the future of intimacy.

It is the convenors’ role to input / moderate / guide the discussion, but more importantly, ensure it is welcoming / open / inclusive.


This event will take place on Monday 8 June 2020 at 7pm. Please e-mail {} with “Subject: OH GOODY” for the meeting URL.

Should you wish to participate but have speech or hearing impairments, please e-mail {} and we will do our best to adapt the session for you.