The Archive of Shared interests has its second outing at the
Whitespace Gallery which I
had the pleasure of viewing when in Zurich last week. The archive
brings together 30 practices who each submitted work. All
contributions are referenced on a large wall and the individual
dossiers are stored in plastic boxes which are loosely spread
throughout the space. Its definitely worthwhile seeing when in
Zurich. It is open until 20th of March 2010 on the 11.03 &
18.03 2010 from 3pm - 6pm or by appointment 079 231 33 36.
Below is the official abstract and address with a picture of our
archive box above.
Archive of Shared Interests - Transfer Zone - Temporary
Life - Temporary Communities
30 Theoretical approaches, architectural and artistic dossiers for
communities in the Transfer Zone
Communities are defined by artists, scholars and urbanists
as an antithesis to general society and its constraints, but they
differ widely from one another in the roles they play. Whether the
community is thought of as a secret utopia or as a threat to the
individual, whether as a cooperative, a neighbourhood or a societal
group, and whether or not the respective community is to be
dissolved - every time, a certain artistic, architectural or
theoretical concept of community initiates a subtext directed
toward the public. Certain actions are implicitly designated for
the visitors, the users, the readers; the public is revolutionized,
integrated, informed, instructed, involved or controlled. The
archive is conceived as a project apparatus on the broad theme of
"community", an apparatus representing different and contradictory
approaches and points of view on the basis of which "community" can
be discussed. The archive will serve prospectively as the project
apparatus of a research project and be expanded.
The archive is curated by Karin Frei Bernasconi, Siri Peyer,
Exhibition design Jesko Fezer with Postgraduate Program in
Curating, ICS ZHdK,
Graphic Design Megan Hall.
White Space // Office for Curating / Art / Theory
Programming: Dorothee Richter, Siri Peyer
Zugang über Kanonengasse neben Café Aloha
CH - 8004 Zürich
On display and for sale
We've just launched the pilotphase for the
INN project by presenting the KNOT CURTAIN at
the current firstsite
gallery. The curtain is the first of a series of new
elements which will over time construct the COLCHESTER INN - a new
public meeting space in Colchester.
The individual frames refer to chinese forms of hosting
and the tradition of Chinese knot making. Assembled they works as a
division wall/room curtain/display. The frames are on sale at
firstsite and the profit will be reinvested into the new meeting
LEGACY NOW, is the 5th instalment of the event organised and
hosted by SPACE which brings
together agencies and practitioners to discuss issues surrounding
the legacy of the 2012 Olympics. LEGACY NOW 5 was co-organised by
Architecture Foundation who also organised a 2 day workshop
session at the Architecture foundation called
LEGACY PLUS. public works was invited to contribute to the
LEGACY NOW event.
The main focus for both events was the issue of temporary use -
an agenda heavily promoted by the LDA. Our presentation focused on
two projects which start to initiate and rethink local cultural
organisations from the bottom up. The folk float as part of Creative Egremont and the
Wick Curiosity Shop
which is an ongoing project in Hackney Wick.
Torange just came back from West Bengal in India, visiting the
three districts of Nadia, Medinipur and Puruliya in West Bengal.
The trip was to look at a specific art form in each area for which
a cultural centre will be designed. Visits extend to local crafts
which are mainly dying traditions, to see how they can be revived
in new ways in developing the architecture and the building
components of the centres. Our local partner 'Banglanatak' will
work with us in the villages and with the craftsmen and women in
developing these products, testing them and skilling locals on how
to produce and construct the components. The building construction
process will also be part of a skilling process enabling locals to
build more robust and secure houses for themselves. public works
will develop a building product for each district, closely related
to local skills and resources. We will develop fanzines to document
the process and keep you posted on the blog.
Launch on Saturday the 27 February 2010 from 5pm onwards
Exhibition open from 27 February - 27 March 2010
4 - 6 Short Wyre Street
Colchester Inn is a project about hosting and welcoming in
Colchester. On completion Colchester Inn will exist as an
independent, pavilion like structure, designed through a
collaborative process with local groups. It will provide a new
meeting and hosting space outside firstsite's new building and will
be available to be used by the general public. Each component of
the space will be designed and developed in collaboration with a
different local group around their specific customs of hosting and
public works were commissioned by firstsite to develop a
long-term collaborative project working with new and existing
community groups. The Knot Curtain is the first result of this
process and the first physical component of Colchester Inn. It is
the result of a year-long collaboration between public works and
participants from the Colchester Chinese Culture
Society (CCCS). The Knot Curtain will be on display in
firstsite's Project Space throughout March 2010.
The Knot Curtain is derived from the rich history of Chinese
decorative knot-making. The group developed a modular curtain made
of layered acrylic shape; these shapes have been drawn from
specific Chinese as well as local seafaring knots. Each module
doubles as a photo frame, inspired by the Chinese tradition of
showing photos to visiting guests. The frames can be used
singularly or joined together to produce The Knot Curtain.
The full process of developing the frame has been recorded on the
project's website: http://www.colchesterinn.net.
Over the next couple of years public works will continue working
with a variety of groups and individuals to explore how they host
others and to collaboratively create the Colchester Inn.
Kathrin from public works will be talking about collaborations, the local and extended notions of architecture at the MA in Design + Environment at Goldsmiths.
public works is part of a group show curated by transparadiso in Bludenz, Austria entitled 'Urbane Wunder' (Urban Miracles). As part of the exhibition we are showing the Granville Cube project which is now in its final phase.
Remise Bludenz/ Galerie Aller Art
Jan. 22 – Feb. 21, 2010 / Opening Jan. 21, 2010, 8 pm
Event Feb.6, 2010 | 2–6 pm Invitation to reconstruct the Palace of the Republic / 7 pm talk by transparadiso
_concept by transparadiso (Barbara Holub/ Paul Rajakovics) with
Michael Ashkin, New York
Stadtlabor_Osservatorio Urbano, Lungomare Bozen
Community Museum Project, Hong Kong
Céline Condorelli, London
Teddy Cruz, San Diego
feld 72, Vienna
public works, London
Jens Emil Sennewald, Paris
Allan Siegel, Budapest
Gerald Straub, Wien
Georg Winter, Stuttgart/ Saarbrücken
“All utopias are depressing, because they leave no room for chance, for difference, for the “miscellaneous”. Everything has been set in order and order reigns. Behind every utopia there is always some great taxonomic design: a place for each thing and each thing in its place.” (aus: Georges Perec, Species of Spaces and Other Stories)
Who still believes in miracles? And what are actually urban miracles ? How much insistence, courage, boldness, despair and confidence is needed to make miracles happen in the public/ urban space and in socio-political realm? transparadiso has invited artists/ urbanists/ architects/ cultural producers from different cultural contexts to discuss these aspects and show their personal experience and interpretation of miracles happening in the public realm and urban space.
In spite of self-censorship and pragmatism resulting from experience and obvious restrictions artists, urbanists and architects keep insisting in making the impossible happen. Miracles amaze the most when they are least expected or seem to be completely impossible. We do not believe in miracles, yet sometimes they happen, or does believing and hoping contribute to the chance of making a miracle happen? Is it not the artist/ architect/ writer sometimes who produces that specific energy which seems as if in vein, to be in the wrong place, at the wrong time, and counteracting the pragmatism of today by producing a necessary, incalculable something, which one might wish to acquire more presence?
Park Fiction (Hamburg, initiated by Christoph Schäfer/ Cathy Skeene) could be considered the "Mother" of recent urban miracles. "it was finally opened in 2005, after 10 years of struggle and production of wishes. Thousands of people came to participate in this "Permanent Pick-nick against Gentrification" and used the opening of the park as an occasion to protest against the latte-macchiatization of the urban space in St.Pauli". Ever since then, Park Fiction is considered the reference project of the unexpected success of resistance which managed to prevent the investors from realizing their mere profit driven plans of urban development.
Miracles – especially urban miracles – are not linked to a scientific definition or theoretical category but rather to amazement. Therefore the contributions of the participants reflect their personal approach and interpretation of Urban Miracles. They offer a range of visible and surprisingly successful miracles in urban space to more poetic-narrative spaces which could eventually lead to miracles in real space. If one has in mind that each miracle is preceded by a longing, one might explore the potential of transferring the Urban Miracle to the Regional Miracle, or consider how a Regional Miracle could start on its own. Barbara Holub/ Paul Rajakovics
A catalog will be published by Bucher Verlag.
Happy New Year first of all and thanks for following our
log and the things we do
Until the launch of our new website (SOON!) we keep using this
blog to publish news and events.
Projects to watch out for in 2010 include
- the launch of our first COLCHESTER INN Produce
- the design and production of a Multipurpose Mobile Art
Space for a hospital in Zuerich
- the launch of the final Whitechapel
- the ongoing efforts to run and establish the International
Village Shop together with myvillages.org, Grizedale
Arts and Somewhere
To all our colleagues, friends, collaborators and commissioners!
public works is part of the Archive of Shared Interests in the White Space Zurich curated by the Institute for Critical Theory
Archive of Shared Interests – Transfer Zone – Temporary Life – Temporary Communities 30 Theoretical approaches, architectural and artistic dossiers for communities in the Transfer Zone
Friday 11th December 2009 – 9pm
11th December 2009 – 8th January 2010 / 26 February – 20 March 2010
Thursdays: 17.12.2009 / 7.1. 20010: 3pm – 6pm
Or on appointment: please call 079 231 33 36
Marina Belobrovaja / Ursula Biemann / Corner College / Jeremy Deller / eggerschlatter / Finger (evolutionäre zellen) / forschungsgruppe f / Fritz Haeg / Christina Hemauer/Roman Keller / Michael Hieslmair/Michael Zinganel / interpixel / Martin Kaltwasser/Folke Köbbeling / San Keller / Pia Lanzinger / Michaela Melián / MetroZones / Peles Empire / Frédéric Post / Public Works / Alain Rappaport / raumlaborberlin / RELAX (chiarenza & hauser & co) / Oliver Ressler / Shedhalle / Erik Steinbrecher / Support Structure / Szuper Gallery / tat ort / Jeanne van Heeswijk / Markus Weiss
Curated by Karin Frei Bernasconi, Siri Peyer, Dorothee Richter,
Exhibition design Jesko Fezer with Postgraduate Program in Curating, ICS ZHdK,
Graphic Design Megan Hall.
“Transfer” refers to nomadic states of life in post-Fordist societies encompassing a large number of different subjects: A kind of temporary life is led both by persons bearing the status of economic, political or war refugees as well as by specialists in the IT sector and producers of culture – without any intention of equating these groups. In this context, negative connotations of temporariness and placelessness exist side by side with imagined attributions of innovation and flexibility. How is this state of temporariness reflected in the pictorial media and architecture of everyday culture? How are communities invoked and organized? And how is this conveyed to the subjects afterward as tolerable and desirable? What role is played here by urban architecture, how does the latter function as de-historicizing power structures, how do the latter permit other, subversive tendencies? How do subjects create niches and identifications for themselves in these environments dominated by the flow of capital? How do they organize a reversal from power structures to the nodal points, the architecture, the pictorial media, the agreements and the discussions? What temporary alliances and communities are formed in the process?
Communities are defined by artists, scholars and urbanists as an antithesis to general society and its constraints, but they differ widely from one another in the roles they play. Whether the community is thought of as a secret utopia or as a threat to the individual, whether as a cooperative, a neighbourhood or a societal group, and whether or not the respective community is to be dissolved – every time, a certain artistic, architectural or theoretical concept of community initiates a subtext directed toward the public. Certain actions are implicitly designated for the visitors, the users, the readers; the public is revolutionized, integrated, informed, instructed, involved or controlled. The archive is conceived as a project apparatus on the broad theme of “community”, an apparatus representing different and contradictory approaches and points of view on the basis of which “community” can be discussed. The archive will serve prospectively as the project apparatus of a research project and be expanded and placed on view again beginning in March 2010.