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Stephen Willats (ed.), Control Magazine #19, CONTROL MAGAZINE, 2014

Creating Society Between People
Control Issue Nineteen presents a group of artists who are all developing a counter consciousness opposed to the possessive object, though in quite different ways, however they are all focussing their work on creating society between people. Here the artwork becomes a dynamic social process through a single event or a time-based series of events, which are even taken to the level of a simulation of a possible society or social state of affairs. As such the artists’ practices presented in this issue of Control Magazine provide the reader with a contemporary counter view to the current art world culture of the deterministic, authoritative and possessive object. Despite the overwhelming emphasis and preoccupation with the market in today’s visual culture, with its emulative icons of life-style art objects, the artists in Issue Nineteen have created a space in which they can operate and express the quite different values of community. In the present climate this has to be quite a significant achievement as all the validating reinforcements in the art environment are currently hugely biased towards art that is descriptive, that reinforces the beliefs, values and practices of the dominant culture. Some of the artists here are in a network of mutual support that has aided and helped validate the approaches they have taken, and this is undoubtedly a significant action on their part, others have gone ahead with their projects in semi isolation from like minded colleagues; but in both cases this issue of Control Magazine has brought together, in one overall statement, an access to some of the socially-founded art practices of the moment.
Edited by Stephen Willats.
Christian Nyampeta, The Rest
Rosalie Schweiker, Dilemmas in Art
Ricardo Basbaum, re-projecting (London)
Andrea Francke, On how art should help us imagine different futures and how art discourse could be stopping us from getting there
Emma Smith, Rehearsal
Stephen Willats, The Oxford Community Datastream
Eva Weinmayr, Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve
Ross Taylor & Madalina Zaharia, Walls With Holes In
Luke Cohen, Charivari
Laura Wilson, 800 Lights in 177 Years

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Stephen Willats, Random Networks, CONTROL MAGAZINE, 2003

This essay considers the relevance of networks to art practice and how they underpin communication and interpersonal relationships. It re-publishes texts from earlier writings on Systems (1965), Life Structures (1970), A State of Agreement (1973), and The Group as Social Analogue in Art Practice (1976). 
Published in 2003 by Artlab in association with Control Magazine.

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Stephen Willats, Multichannel Vision, CONTROL MAGAZINE, 2000

An essay by Stephen Willats which considers how our experience and encounters with reality are transient and multi-dimensional and how this impacts on art practice, so that the artwork not only describes existing reality, but is transformational into a world of complexity and exchange.

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Stephen Willats, Control Magazine #18, CONTROL MAGAZINE, 2009

Despite the forwarding of new forms of socially based and engaged art practice by artists, a feature of culture in the last decades has been the ethos surrounding the possession of art objects. Art as property has not only persisted in our culture but has been celebrated and projected as adominate emulative icon.
What cannot be ignored at the time of producing Control Magazine, Issue Eighteen, is the sudden collapse of the financial markets that supported an inflated bubble. A bubble, which fostered the art object as financial investment.
Control Magazine Issue Eighteen presents texts by artists that offer a vision, a way forward which connects with people, to externalise their work into the real world today. 
In this new issue of Control Magazine a group of texts are presented by artists that are considered to have responded to recent cultural events and are offering strategies for the expression of social and community values in art practice.
Vito Acconci, Karolin Meunier, Stephen Willats, Erwin van Doorn, Dan Mitchell, Annette Krauss, Thomas Hirschhorn, Harmen de Hoop, Steve Rushton, Ricardo Basbaum, Phil Coy.

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Stephen Willats, Control Magazine #17, CONTROL MAGAZINE, 2007

The art practices that are represented in this issue … have in their various ways centered on the issues of meaning and function, and their counter consciousness to the object, property-based determinism of prevailing contemporary culture. An important aspect to the development of the work represented in Control Magazine has been the fostering of a network of relationships between artists and their modus operandi. Central to the feedback in these relationships is the practice of explanation, thus introducing a state of mutuality, an open social network, that is a catalyst for the progression of ideas – extract from the editorial.
FrenchMottershead, Jakob Jakobsen, Dan Kidner, Langlands & Bell, Emma Hedditch, Nils Norman, Miriam Steinhauser, Elly Clarke, Fritz Haeg, Stephen Willats, Johnny Spencer, Chris Hammond

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Stephen Willats, Control Magazine #16, CONTROL MAGAZINE, 2001

One of the central roles of Control Magazine has been to act as a vehicle for the explanation of art practice between artists that are in the process of seeking a meaningful engagement in contemporary society. Hence explanation is seen as central to the development of individual art practice and the creation of networks between artists that activate and facilitate the creation of new paradigms on which relevant intervention into the social fabric can be based.
Jakob Jakobsen, David Goldenberg, Jesus Cruzvillegas, Art Lab, Nils Norman, Elinor Jansz, Christabel Stewart & Emily Pethick, Hamish Fulton, Sarah Staton, David Beech, Heinrich Sachs, Stephen Willats, Wolfgang Spanier

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Stephen Willats, Control Magazine #15, CONTROL MAGAZINE, 1996

This issue of Control Magazine brings together artists from different geographical and ideological backgrounds. The thread that binds them together is that they all, in their individual ways, have entered into an engagement with the interactive channel. Equally, they are all involved with the idea of a future art and its society, although from a variety of different standpoints.
(Extract from the Editorial)
Poster Studio, Edwin David, Stephen Dillemuth, Alan Murray, Denise Hawrysio, Oliver Whitehead, Alan Kane & Jeremy Deller, Sarah Staton, Mathew Higgs, Oliver Cieslik & Barbara Schenk, Mat Vaassen, Les Levine, Liam Gillick, Stephen Willats, Katie Bowden & Helen Eger

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