LIMITACTION is a collaborative art project, developed as a curatorial and artistic residency, taking place in the Window Space (WS) at the Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design, London Metropolitan University, from January to July 2015. Its conception comes as a response to the specific limitations of the space and in recognition of both its strengths and weaknesses, such as a high level of visibility, or its unusual dimensions and complete lack of public access.

LIMITACTION finds its manifestation in a six-month residency programme culminating with a roundtable. From January 2015, artist Charlotte Warne Thomas has appropriated the WS as her studio and engaged in the shaping of a critical discourse with the curatorial team. She will turn the window gallery itself into a constantly evolving artwork, permanently on display, emphasising and interrogating the role of the artists’ physical presence and labour in the production of contemporary art. This unfolds through the exploration of four distinct limitations of the window space, namely: accessibility, privacy, freedom and space. These chapters will form the overall structure of the project, progressing as a series, with each culminating in a preview event on the First Thursday of the months March, April, May and June.

In line with the artist’s research and that of the curatorial team, the ultimate goal of LIMITACTION is to develop a discursive approach, which highlights the process-based character of the residency and gives predominance to the action rather than to the mere realisation of a material product. Taking as the starting point the Window Space and its limitations, the aim is to go beyond its physical boundaries, questioning and highlighting the socio-political state of being of contemporary art: within and against the logic of institutional display.

LIMITACTION is curated by Margarida Brôco Amorim, Alejandro Ball, Miriam La Rosa and Stefania Sorrentino; MA students of Curating the Contemporary: a course taught in collaboration between London Metropolitan University and the Whitechapel Gallery.

Window Space is a street-facing window gallery, which is visible 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, but not accessible to the public. It is located on 59-63 Whitechapel High Street (E1 7PF, London) as part of The Cass building – home of the Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design of London Metropolitan University.