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Enthusiasts posterA selection of films  from the Enthusiasts archive I co-founded is being exhibited as part of Ostalgia at the New Museum in New York,  from 17th July - 25th September 2011

Ostalgia takes its title from the German word ostalgie, a term that emerged in the 1990s to describe a sense of longing and nostalgia for the era before the collapse of the Communist Bloc. Twenty years ago—after the fall of the Berlin Wall—from the Baltic republics to the Balkans, from Central Europe to Central Asia, entire regions and nations were reconfigured, their constitutions rewritten, their borders redrawn. Ostalgia exhibits art produced in and about some of these countries, many of which did not formally exist two decades ago. Mixing private confessions and collective traumas, the exhibition traces a psychological landscape in which individuals and entire societies negotiated new relationships to history, geography, and ideology.

 QUAM 2011 - Wikipolis 8th and 9th July, 2011

I made a presentation of Parade, at Wikpolis, the workshops presentations, exhibitions and events unfolded at ACVic Centre d'Arts Contemporànies, Vic -Barcelona 

Wikpolis. Cartographies and collective creation of the social space

One contemporary experience that has clearly caused great changes in the social, political and cultural contexts is the practice of building tools and computer technologies based on open source. A mechanism based on the sharing of results and processes, where the achievements of a group or an individual are also starting points for others. A succession of connected elements mixing creativity, skills and material production, built and consumed through a shared experience. One element allowing the generation of content, based on collective experience, is the wiki. A wiki is a website which allows creating and editing any number of web pages connected to each other, sharing a common language and allowing access to a control group. From this perspective, the construction of tools, tactics and collective practices applied in the context of the city, will be the subject to be discussed in the forum and project workshops in this edition of Quam 2011. Wikpolis translates the possibility of meeting and proposing projects focusing on this option of the node to the context of space and the policies that regulate it, providing with the opportunity to create new shared strategies for modifying social and cultural context.

Recently hosted on the magnificent resource Reading Design

this short text was first published by Architectural Design, Vol 72 No 4, entitled Furniture + Architecture guest-edited by Edwin Heathcote, July 2002

Look at me, look at me, look at me

Stool It was the design historian Reyner Banham who coined the phrase ‘furniturization’. He was writing in the seminal catalogue for Modern Chairs 1918-1970 an exhibition at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in the summer of 1970. Banham evolved the phrase to describe a change that he recognized in the material world. A change in how previously unselfconscious and virtually invisible domestic artifacts – essentially the bibelot of everyday life; like chairs, taps, cuttlery, doorhandles, etc - had suddenly become great design objects that demanded attention.  Previously humble things were growing vast promotional superstructures that meshed beautifully with the rise of a culture of retail, celebrity and promotion.

Publication

 

As part of the Self Portrait; Arnolfini project we are making a publication of the relational timeline for the Birthday Celebrations. Recalled from composite memory in 2061, three threads are intertwined;

1. social and financial organisation

2. technological innovation

3. art and its institutions

You can see how the text develops, as we're writing it collaboratively on this wiki. The book should be ready for the party on September 23rd 2011.

A sample:

1851, The Great Exhibition

"A great people will invite all civilized nation to a festival, to bring into comparison the works of human skill. the organisatuon of this giant enterprise; the inclusion of every type of process of manufacture; the successful appeal to all clases of the population; the stimulation of trade, will commend this Exhibition to our ancestors, as it now does to ourselves."  Henry Cole

Over the course of 2011, which is the Arnolfini's 50th anniversary year I will be working to develop a series of self-portraits of the institution using information from their archive. Presented throughout the building, these four data portraits will accumulate throughout the year, tracing the Arnolfini's histories and speculating on possible futures.

Relational map

 

Saturday 26th March

Histories of the PresentHistories of the PresentI went to the protest in London, it was a march to demmand [and propose] alternatives to the brutal ideaologicaly driven, financial cuts to public services.

A huge turnout, estimates are close to 500,000 people, meant that the multitude took four fours to pass a static point – a solid swathe of people from Blackfriars to Hyde Park. People travelled from all over the country and I even met people from France who had travelled in solidarity. It was a great day.

This was my favourite placard "Y ouren not sharing" which I took to be a sharp acusation to the bankers, bond traders, tax avoiders, derivative hedgers, dark-pool developers, our political-class and arcane financial instrument designers.

At the very moment our political class suggest there are no alternatives to an assult on public culture, this is the very moment to drive those alternatives home. 

Let this be a sign.

Here's a nice blogpost, and the march anticipates Media Squares

 

Wedneday 30th March, 6pm Arnolfini Narrow Quay Bristol

To coincide with the Self portrait; Arnolfini project, I will be giving a lecture about archives, research and exhibition as part of the

Art in the City Spring 2011 Lecture Series
Organised by Arnolfini, Bristol City Council and the University of the West of England, this programme of events explores public art commissioning in Bristol and further afield.

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