Since 2008, Open Source has been dedicated to exploring the social change that can be enacted through communities formed around art. In 2016, we aim to further our mission by exhibiting artist collectives and artist-run spaces to engage the neighborhood in discussions about culture, collaboration, and social issues.
Inspired by texts such as Elias Canneti’s Crowds and Power and the Guerrilla Girls’ Guide to Behaving Badly (Which You Have to do Most of the Time in the World as We Know It), we realize that art is not only important within communities, but community is also critical to art-making. Together, groups of people can accomplish amazing things and generate much needed change. Over the past few years, we have seen how groups like #BlackLivesMatter and Occupy Wall Street can bring individuals together to raise awareness and push for change. Though it is not always easy, these actions are powerful and push society forward, calling out injustices and keeping the authorities accountable to the people. This year, we will exhibit collectives from across the globe to start a conversation in Brooklyn about how art can not only generate communities, but how it can also be a catalyst for social and political change.
This year will host exhibits from: /rive (Brooklyn, NY), Prosjektrom Normanns (Norway), Videokaffe (International), Healing Arts Initiative (Queens, NY), Rawiya (International), guerilla-art.mx (Mexico), SiTE:LAB (Grand Rapids, MI), Boa Mistura (Spain), Dimensions Variable (Miami, FL), iCollective (International), Another Space (Denmark)
June 11-July 1, 2016
Opening reception: June 11, 7-9pm
guerilla-art.mx presents Transgression, an installation at Open Source Gallery.
What do we talk about when we talk about immigration? Or displacement? Migration? Refugees? Right now all over the world, people are fleeing their homes from violence or poverty, and too often both. Outrage at and defense of immigrants from Mexico is seen across the U.S. In 2015, over 3500 migrants and refugees lost their lives crossing the Mediterranean sea to get to Europe. These crises are not limited to two instances; they are global. Through Transgression, conversation about displacement is brought to the fore, encouraging a narrative created not by the news outlets and pundits, but by individuals.
Inspired by the economic and political situation in Latin America, art collective guerilla-art.mx, a group that includes artists, educators and activists such as Yescka, Kate Deciccio and Jonathan Rutsch, gives voice to those separated by borders, showcasing work resulting from–and with the potential to spark–social movements. Through political actions, such as Rutsch and Yescka’s current work with Syrian refugees in Europe, the group emphasizes the importance of social engagement in art. Using street art and more historic forms of craft, such as woodcuts, guerilla-art.mx aims to combine the traditional with the contemporary, generating art that gives voice to marginalized communities and promotes critical thinking and understanding about contemporary issues and global struggles. For example, in La última cena mexicana, Yescka repurposes the last supper to depict an abuse of power by the elite. Benito Juárez, a drug boss, sits in Jesus’s place, while others gather around him begging for recognition. Their thirst for power makes them devour their values, such as freedom and justice.
In conjunction with Transgression, artists Yescka, Kate Deciccio, Max Albee and non-profit organization NURTUREart are collaborating with Open Source and students from MS 136 in Sunset Park to produce a mural at the school. This project presents a combination of the experience of the students and an exploration of their heritage with the guiding hand of artists, who can help them learn how to follow through from idea to mural and effectively use materials to create powerful imagery.
guerilla-art.mx is a German-Mexican street art collective consisting of street artists and filmmakers. The collective was founded by Mexico-based artist Yescka in 2011. Born from the wish to spread intercultural art the collective has organized projects, trips, exhibitions, and has contributed to numerous street art festivals in Mexico, Germany, USA, Switzerland, Sweden, and Spain.
SiTE:LAB creates temporary site-specific art projects aimed at facilitating dynamic collaborations between the art, design, education, business and cultural communities of Grand Rapids.
Boa Mistura is a multidisciplinary team with roots in graffiti art born in late 2001, Madrid, Spain. They develop their work mainly in the public space. They have carried out projects in South Africa, USA, UK, Brazil, Mexico, Georgia, Algeria, Norway, Serbia and Panamá.
Join us for the 9th Annual South Slope Derby!
Experience the thrill of witnessing our participants from the summer Soap Box Workshop race their fun, funky, eco-friendly contraptions down 17th Street in Brooklyn.
Since 2008, our South Slope Derby has been a staple of the neighborhood. Each year, the Soap Box Workshop encouraging children to think outside the box. Children plan their inventions using sketches and calculations, bringing them to life with found and recycled objects as well as building materials. Over the course of the workshop, participants turn piles of seemingly useless trash into functional machines while learning about construction and design and, more importantly, having fun. Leading up to the derby, kids test drive their racers, ensuring the safety and functionality of each invention. At the South Slope Derby, participants get to race their soap boxes for real as friends, families, and neighbors cheer them on as they race down the street.
Dimensions Variable is an exhibition space committed to the presentation and support of contemporary art. Through a collaborative exchange with artists and institutions, Dimensions Variable develops an exhibition program that is engaging and compelling. Dimensions Variable was founded in 2009 by artists Frances Trombly and Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova who currently collaborate and co-direct the project space.
i Collective is an organic collaborative platform of artists, curators and scientists working in the intersection of arts, urban interventions and socially engaged projects. As a horizontal network, they explore the interaction of individual experiences and collective ideas, recombining the notions of private and public. Using different approaches, like the artistic-situational, they develop strategies that activate citizens in order to re-imagine the cityscape. Following this goal, i Collective proposes platforms that foster the configuration of symbolic places, as well as the creation of temporary communities that meet for a collective creative purpose. i Collective started in 2009. With different backgrounds and practices, they met in Berlin. Informal chats became passionate discussions, in which they shared our interest in combining our artistic work with the context they were living in, in a collective way. So they put their energies together and realised projects in different contexts and countries, like the parallel events of Manifesta 8 Biennial (2010, Spain) and Manifesta 9 (2012, Belgium), 48-Hours Neukölln Festival (2009, Germany), OpenArt Örebro (2013, Sweden), Buenos Aires Museums Night (2012, Argentina), Schmiede (2011, Austria), School of Intermedia Art, Hangzhou (2013, China), a.o. After all this work, i Collective continues exploring the concepts of public realm and communities, exploring new models of participation, self-management, creative uses of new technologies and cross-disciplinary methodology.
November 2-27, 2016
Opening reception: November 2, 7-9pm
Curator Victoria Bugge Øye and co-founders of project space Another Space, architect Nicola Louise Markhus and curator Marte Danielsen Jølbo, will curate Permanent Construction at Open Source Gallery.
After encountering a community of people on the Mediterranean coast who were living in half-finished and scaffolded structures to avoid the local real-estate tax, the French artist Pierre Huyghe became so inspired that he developed his own idea for an “unfinished” housing project, Chantier Permanent (Permanent Construction), an unrealized project developed with architect Francois Roche in 1993. It was not only the aesthetics of the half-done houses that had appealed to Huyghe, but the form of sociality they prompted: “there is not a fixed moment of completion, you live in a work in progress, life unfolds in a transitory state, permanently under construction.” (Barikin, Parallel Presents: The Art of Pierre Huyghe, 2015).
The notion of an open-ended and processual architecture has been linked to ideas of self-fulfillment and creativity since at least the 1960s. In architectural investigations of form as unfinished, however, the imagined liberatory potentials are usually emphasized more than the constant and incessant labor that these unfixed structures would most likely require. Architecture that is “permanently under construction” is not only a work that open for intervention; it is also a work that is never done.
While process-centered aesthetics have often been posed as a more “ethical” and social approach to form in the face of commercial and formalist art, its positive encoding of human labor is not exclusive to aesthetical practices, but has resonated in the social and political spheres as well. Work itself has become ubiquitous and never ending, but it has also been re-framed as the privileged mechanism for self-realization (Dardot and Laval, On Neoliberal Society, 2014). The peculiarly American phenomenon of self-help books continues to top bestseller lists with their message of “continuous assessment” and work on the self (Deleuze, Postscript on Control Societies, 1995). From every turn, we are encouraged to embrace a “creative” and entrepreneurial identity, constantly improving to keep up with an increasingly volatile and competitive marketplace (McRobbie, Be Creative: Making a Living in the New Culture Industries, 2016).
In a world where nothing seems to be exempt from improvement and further development, the exhibition Permanent Construction is an investigation into the complicity of architectural, aesthetic, economical, social, and political modes of being under “permanent construction.” We believe that these tensions converge and are felt most astutely at the site of the self. Artists are invited to show works that problematize and actualize today’s focus on the work on the self and its relationship to aesthetical labor. The exhibition will be a departure point rather than a place of resolution, providing a framework for artists to produce a range of situations where the notion of “permanent construction” will function as a reference for both content and a form.
Another Space is a project space for art and architecture based in Copenhagen and Oslo, established and run by curator Marte Danielsen Jølbo and architect Nicola Louise Markhus. They are organised as a nomadic curatorial partnership working through independent projects, collaborations and an online exhibition space. They wish to instigate immersions and critical approaches to the cross-disciplinary field and its potentials through presenting current and enduring issues within art, architecture and society. Another Space’s curatorial approach is further based on concerns for spatiality, materiality and craftsmanship.
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HAI: Sole Exchange
Videokaffe: Para-sites & Proto-types
Prosjektrom Normanns: Transcendental Tactility
Soup Kitchen 2015
Mira Gaberova: Statue of Everything
Savas Boyraz: Back Drop
Cristian Bors & Marius Ritiu: Venus von Hamburg
Soap Box Derby 2015
Sara Morawetz: How the Stars Stand
Whitney Lynn: Rummage
Yun-Woo Choi: Endless, Seamless
Jasmine Murrell: Some Impossibility Without A Name
Tirtzah Bassel: I Want To Hold You Close
B. David Walsh: Extracted Bedroom Project
Lena Lapschina: Yes/No
Soup Kitchen 2014
Sofia Szamosi: Eat Me
Corina Reynolds: Northwestern Expansion
Emanuele Cacciatore: A Conversation with Consequence
Box Car Workshops and Derby 2014
Mark Stilwell: The Super Defense Force vs The Tittanno Beast (The Power of the Constructonauts)
Hubert Dobler: Roundabout
Arne Schreiber: Your Stripes
Katerina Marcelja: Fragment Series
Fuse-Works: Some Assembly Required
Anja Matthes: Out-Sight-In In-Sight-Out
Soup Kitchen 2013
Katarina Poliacikova: Until We Remember The Same
Miho Suzuki: Our Children Today
We Know Not Exactly Where or How
Soap Box Derby 2013
Keith Miller: Trees
Andrea Ray: Utopians Dance
Margrethe Aanestad: Herein
David D’Ostilio: The Chopping Block
Stefanie Koseff: To The Deep
Michael Poetschko: Zona
Soup Kitchen 2012
Kathleen Vance: From the Woods