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)
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 1, 7-9pm
Artists in the exhibition include: Naomi Fisher (BFI); Kristen Thiele, Robert Thiele, Francesco Casale (Bridge Red Studios); Frances Trombly, Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova (Dimensions Variable); Francie Bishop Good, Michelle Weinberg, Sarah Michelle Rupert (Girls’ Club); Domingo Castillo, Loriel Beltran (Noguchi Breton)
Dimensions Variable presents Multidisciplinary, a collaborative exhibition at Open Source Gallery.
There’s sometimes a misconception that artists should only have a studio practice and should follow a traditional path often specified by the art establishment. However, artists who engage in activities beyond the studio reflect the true tradition of artistic practice documented throughout art history. Artists have always been writers, critics, curators, organizers and initiators of change outside the studio. From founding historically important cultural spaces and curating exhibitions that changed the course of art history, artists have always been at the helm.
Multidisciplinary was conceived as a response to the Open Source 2016 program which invited international artist-run projects to curate its entire season. With this concept in mind, Dimensions Variable amplified the idea and invited a select group of artist-run spaces in South Florida. The idea is not to invite them to curate special projects, but rather to include the work of the artists who run these projects as a way to honor their work and what they bring to the community. The diverse works in the exhibition reflect the practices and interests of all these “multidisciplinary” artists. They engage the community within and beyond their studio practice contributing vital programming to the contemporary art landscape in South Florida.
Dimensions Variable (DV) is an exhibition space committed to the presentation and support of contemporary art. Through a collaborative exchange with artists and institutions, DV develops an exhibition program that engages the community and promotes new and experimental ideas. DV was founded in 2009 by artists Frances Trombly and Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova, who currently serve as directors.
Bas Fisher Invitational (BFI) is an artist-run space dedicated to creativity, experimentation, and discourse in contemporary art. BFI aims to create a bridge between Miami and the International art world by curating a program that alternates between the local and the global. Naomi Fisher’s (director) work spans painting, drawing performance, photography, video and site-specific installation.
Bridge Red Studios is an artists’ complex in North Miami. Bridge Red is run by sculptor and painter Robert Thiele, his daughter, painter Kristen Thiele, and his son-in-law, photographer and graphic designer Francesco Casale. Kristen Thiele, Robert Thiele and Francesco Casale, the co-directors of Bridge Red Studios.
Girls’ Club is a non-profit private foundation and alternative exhibition space that educates and nurtures the careers of contemporary female artists and act as a resource for artist, curators, writers, students, scholars and the community. Michelle Weinberg (creative director), Francie Bishop Good (founder) and Sarah Michelle Rupert (gallery director) are visual artists.
Noguchi Breton was founded in 2013 and located in the Little Haiti district of Miami. Noguchi Breton presents creative content that reflects and critiques the regional and vernacular culture of South Florida. Loriel Beltran and Domingo Castillo are co-directors and co-founders of Noguchi Breton.
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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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
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Sofia Szamosi: Eat Me
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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
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Miho Suzuki: Our Children Today
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