neil cummings

July 2011

Ostalgia, New Museum

17 Jul 2011

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.


New Museum
235 Bowery
New York, NY 10002
United States

40.7223, -73.9929


08 Jul 2011

 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.


ACVic Centre d'Arts Contemporànies
Carrer de Sant Francesc, 1
08500 Vic Barcelona

41.9304, 2.2544