2016 Exhibitions

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)

i Collective: Once Upon Unfolding Times

i Collective: Once Upon Unfolding Times | Press Release | SIGN UP to give a neighborhood tour | Artist website

October 1- 22, 2016
Opening Reception: October 1, 7-9pm
Hypnotic Tours: October 1 (6pm), October 9 (11am), October 15 (6pm), October 22 (6pm)
Please arrive on time for the tours. Visitors will not be able to join after the tour has begun.

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i Collective presents Once Upon Unfolding Times, a hypnotic tour through a fictional city at Open Source Gallery.

In 1851, French physicist Leon Foucault presented the Foucault´s pendulum at the Paris Observatory, a simple experiment to demonstrate and visualize the rotation of the Earth. In order to make the slow change visible, Foucault spread sand on the floor. The tip of the pendulum traced out its current path on the sand. As time passes, an observer would have the impression that the pendulum changes the direction of its swing, while in fact it is the Earth below the pendulum’s plane that rotates. Foucault pendulum is an artifice based on the supposition that, while the world around us is rotating, a single point in the universe–the one from which the pendulum is hanging–is still. As in Foucault’s experiment, societies create a fiction called reality that seems to be immovable.

The steady writing on the sand produced by time is the starting point for a hypnotic tour through a fictional city, in which the individual and the collective merge in order to imagine the possible, enjoy the unpredictable, and write history. With the help of a hypnotist, on weekends throughout Once Upon Unfolding Times i Collective will invite visitors to submerge into parallel universes and take pleasure in envision a city that is constantly being re-shaped by the forces of each community member. Casualties, causalities, futures and pasts compound a history that is not based on the fear of the Other but on the joy of sharing with the others.

Once Upon Unfolding Times has being conceived by Valeria Schwarz and is produced by i Collective. i Collective is an organic, collaborative platform of artists, curators and scientists working in the intersection of art, urban interventions and socially-engaged projects. The group explores the concepts of public realm and communities, experimenting with new models of participation, self-management, creative uses of new technologies and cross-disciplinary methodology. i Collective operates around the world and has main offices in Europe and Latin America. They have realized projects at Manifesta 8 Biennial (Spain), Manifesta 9 (Belgium), 48-Hours Neukölln Festival (Germany), OpenArt Örebro (Sweden), Buenos Aires Museums Night (Argentina), Schmiede (Austria), School of Intermedia Art, and Hangzhou (China) among others.

Another Space: Permanent Construction

November 3-December 1, 2016
Opening reception: November 3, 7-9pm
Exhibiting artists include: Melodie Mousset, Anna Daniell, Owen Armour

Another Space, Self-Storage,  2015

Another Space, Self-Storage, 2015

Another Space presents Permanent Construction, an exhibit at Open Source Gallery curated by Victoria Bugge Øye and co-founders of Another Space, architect Nicola Louise Markhus and curator Marte Danielsen Jølbo.

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.

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.

Curator Victoria Bugge Øye (b. 1985) is a PhD candidate in the History and Theory of Architecture at Princeton University. She graduated from M.S. in Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture at GSAPP, Columbia University in 2012, where she was awarded the prize for best thesis project. Her field of research includes American and European architecture post-1945, with specific emphasis on the Viennese avant-garde of the 1960s and performative strategies in architecture.

Another Space is a project space for art and architecture based in Copenhagen and Oslo and organized as a nomadic curatorial partnership working through independent projects, collaborations and an online exhibition space. Another Space aims 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. Their curatorial approach is based on concerns for spatiality, materiality and craftsmanship.

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Dimensions Variable: Multidisciplinary

Dimensions Variable: Multidisciplinary | Dimensions Variable | Exhibiting Artists | Facebook Event September 1-24 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, […]


2016 Exhibitions
i Collective: Once Upon Unfolding Times
Another Space: Permanent Construction


South Slope Derby 2016
Boa Mistura: Spread Love, It’s The Brooklyn Way
SiTE:LAB: Nothing Is Destroyed
guerilla-art.mx: Transgression
Rawiya: In Her Absence I Created Her Image
HAI: Sole Exchange
Videokaffe: Para-sites & Proto-types
Prosjektrom Normanns: Transcendental Tactility
/rive: Anamorphosis
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