neil cummings



Cultures of ResilienceIndustrialTownFuturism: The Return of Meshwork Markets

In 2006, as part of a group of artists, researchers and academics, I was invited to research and imagine the future centenary of two industrial towns. The project was curated by Jakub Szreder and Martin Kaltwaser.

Both towns evolved from the middle of the last century, and both were planned around the image and function of the factory. Since 1939 Wolfsburg has been the home and global headquarters of the Volkswagen Group, and since 1947 Nowa Huta developed around the formerly Lenin and now Sendzimira steelworks.

The Fordist-factory has dominated these towns.

For industrialtownfuturism I turned my attention to the archaic social formation of the informal market. The future disappearance of monopolized trade will enable distributive markets to reassert themselves; like a virus suppressed by the bodies immune system, distributive markets are always awaiting the optimum conditions to flourish

At the opening of the exhibition in Nowa Huta I performed a lecture set on the 16th October 2049, to an audience of Meshwork Marketeers, you can download an amended [.pdf] transcript  The Return of Meshwork Markets.

The research and lecture was the seed for Museum Futures, Self Portrait: Arnolfini and More Things

Meshworks was a term coined by a 20th century cultural theorist Manuel De Landa in book entitled A Thousand Years of Non-Linear History Zone Books New York 2000

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Submitted by neil on 17 September, 2009 - 17:33