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)
July 9-30, 2016
Opening Reception: July 9, 7-9pm
SiTE:LAB presents Nothing is Destroyed, a site-specific project for Open Source Gallery.
Nothing is Destroyed is part of a larger conversation that began in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This exhibit contains objects extracted from and related to previous projects surrounding the church that trace the trajectory of interventions at and with the desanctified Rumsey Street Church. Nothing is Destroyed includes architectural artifacts and work by Paul Amenta, Lora Robertson and Nick Kline. The title of the exhibition, taken from Lorenzo Fusi’s essay on the work of Gordon Matta-Clark nothing is created, nothing is destroyed, everything is transformed, references Matta-Clark’s idea of “anarchitecture,” which described his interest in voids, gaps and leftover spaces related to architecture. Nothing is Destroyed focuses on these concepts, creating, like Matta-Clark, an expanded vision of space and its representation over time. Each recontextualization of the Rumsey Street Church adds a new history, creating new collaborations and connections which contribute to the project through both additions and subtractions.
Nothing is Destroyed is a kind of love letter to a space and its reincarnations. The Rumsey Street Church originally functioned as a Catholic church, but was abandoned by its congregation when they outgrew the structure. In July 2015, pieces of the church were brought to Upstate New York by Paul Amenta, who reconstructed the pipe organ into a motorized venting system at CR10. In August 2015, Nick Kline, Lynn Cazabon and Monika Wuhrer transformed the church where it stood in Grand Rapids, Michigan. During ArtPrize, the church received stripes and hosted performances by local artists, musicians, poets, writers and residents. In June 2016, the steeple of the church traveled to New York to be presented at 92Y by the Satellite Collective and SiTE:LAB. In the last stop on the tour, the artifacts are presented during Nothing is Destroyed before returning to the Grand Rapids to be reconstructed for ArtPrize 2016. The facade of the building will be rehabilitated to its original appearance, landscaped with trees and welcomed back with a film by Lora Robertson of the Satellite Collective.
SiTE:LAB is a nomadic all-volunteer arts organization that has organized dozens of temporary site-specific art projects, usually in underutilized downtown buildings in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Previous projects have used locations as diverse as an abandoned natural history museum, a nature preserve, vacant commercial buildings, and most recently, a once-grand downtown hotel. The Rumsey Street Project was created in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity of Kent County in 2015. The property consists of nearly three acres of unoccupied structures, including a body shop, vacant lots, residencies and the former Catholic church whose steeple is included in Nothing is Destroyed. The Rumsey Street Project is functioning as an art center until Habitat begins its redevelopment of the property in 2017. In this space, SiTE:LAB focuses on presenting large-scale, site-specific work by both local and international artists.
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.
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 1, 7-9pm
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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Rawiya: In Her Absence I Created Her Image
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