Archive of Shared Interests

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

Opening Hours:
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.