Dave Beech, Andy Hewitt, and Mel Jordan are the three members of the Freee art collective. Freee uses manifesto, spoken choir, kiosk and bodily endorsement of slogan to attempt to form community through the declaration of agreement and disagreement. They use kiosks to assemble groups of people around ideas which are published on badges, clothing, and signage. Conceiving of publics through techniques that derive from montage: cutting, pasting, rearranging, splitting and joining, their work explores how individuals and groups can be temporarily cut out of the community and pasted into new configurations, rearranged through discursive processes of splitting and joining (disagreeing and agreeing) and then reassembled in a new totality through acts of collective publishing. They are preoccupied with the idea of ‘the collective’ and methods for us to all act more collectively within the public domain.
A specially built kiosk, along with LED signage, balloons, and leaflets, is manned by the members of Freee.
An act of isolated political and philosophical declaration, photographed and later displayed on a billboard.
A performative act of isolated philosophical and philosophical declaration, photographed.
Various printed badges.
Various manifestos in printed paper and card.
Various types of knitted scarves.
2018 In Another Place, NN Contemporary, Northampton, UK
2017 The Housing Question, mima, Middlesbrough, UK Sounds and Words. Milton Keynes Gallery, Project Space, Milton Keynes, UK
2017 Citizen Ship, new commission City Club, Milton Keynes Gallery, UK
2017 For & Against: Art, Politics and the Pamphlet, Radar Arts, Loughborough, UK
2016 Freee-Carracci-institute, NN Contemporary, Northampton, UK
2016 Well Said, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford, UK
2016 Social Kiosk, Leicester University, Leicester, UK
2016 Public Kiosk I, York University, York, UK
2016 Cardiff with Culture: Visioning the City (Manifesto for Art), g39, Cardiff, UK
2016 Public Kiosk II (Open Letter to Engage) Engage Conference, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool, UK
2016 Beyond Art Activism Symposium, (Manifesto for Art), Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, IRL.
2015 How to Change the World, 9th International Conference in Critical Management Studies: Is there an Alternative? Management after critique. University Leicester.
2014 The Hell with Culture Conference (Freee to Hell with Herbert Read) Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK
2014 Part of the Game nGbK, Berlin, Germany.
2013 Critical Machines, AUB Art Gallery, BeirutAm I Barbarian? 13th Istanbul BiennialAgoraphobia, TANAS, Berlin