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)
November 3-December 1, 2016
Opening reception: November 3, 7-9pm
Exhibiting artists include: Melodie Mousset, Anna Daniell, Owen Armour
Another Space presents Permanent Construction, an exhibition at Open Source Gallery curated in collaboration with Victoria Bugge Øye.
After encountering a community of people on the Mediterranean coast who were living in scaffolded structures to avoid housing taxes, the French artist Pierre Huyghe began to develop his own concept for an “unfinished” architecture. It was not only the aesthetics of the half-done houses that had appealed to him, but the form of sociality he believed 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.”
The notion of open-ended art and architecture has been linked to ideas of self-realization since at least the 1960s as process-centered aesthetics have repeatedly been posed as a more ethical and social approach to form. However, a work that is always open for intervention is also a work that is never done. Today “work” itself has become ubiquitous and fluid through new forms of labor and incessant demands to work on the self.
In a world where precarity reigns and nothing seems exempt from further development, Permanent Construction looks at the complicity of architectural, aesthetic, social, and artistic modes of being under permanent construction.
Melodie Mousset uses medical imagery techniques to scan, visualize and reproduce the insides of her body. She has travelled the world with her organs, presenting them in different social, political and metaphysical contexts looking for a way to rebuild herself and re-inhabit the disembodied shell of her body. In Permanent Construction we are presented with traces from Mousset’s travels, including organ wax casts, knitted vessels, synthetic skin, and footage.
Owen Armour’s intervention for Permanent Construction includes the construction of a second false floor. It is a site for several actions: the first is by a body as it hits wet concrete; the second is by audience members as they begin to walk on it. Merging the processes of construction and destruction, the gradual disintegration of the concrete underfoot also becomes an opportunity for new things to come into view.
Compiled by a set of unique pieces, Anna Daniell’s sculpture plays a game of perception with the viewer. Before the opening, some of its parts will be transferred to Ray Gallery for Daniell’s separate solo show. At Open Source, a local author is invited to have a private “meeting” with the sculpture and write a fictional text based on the encounter. Spinning an elaborate net of entry points, Daniell invites us to add our own narratives as we meet her sculptures.
Another Space is a non-profit nomadic project space for art and architecture based in Copenhagen and Oslo. It is run by curator Marte Danielsen Jølbo and architect Nicola Louise Markhus. Through independent projects and collaborations AS wish to instigate immersions and critical approaches to the cross-disciplinary field and its potentials through presenting and discussing current tendencies within art, architecture and society.
Co-curator Victoria Bugge Øye is a PhD candidate in the History and Theory of Architecture at Princeton University.
The exhibition is kindly supported by Elise Jaffe + Jeffrey Brown, Danish Arts Foundation, Norwegian Consulate General New York, Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.
December 1-31, 2016
Each year the Open Source Soup Kitchen brings together artists, cooks, friends, and neighbors for a month of cooking, eating, sharing and celebrating!
For as many nights of the month as we have volunteers, we will provide the cookware and utensils–and our volunteer chef of the evening will be responsible to a “one-pot meal” (usually a soup or stew) that can feed approximately 15-20 people. All meals are served between 7:00-9:00pm. We welcome all kinds of unique dishes from any ethnic tradition! The cook of the night is also responsible for incorporating an artistic element into the evening–it can be a one-night exhibit, musical performance, short play, or decoration of the gallery!
Attendees of the Soup Kitchen are neighbors, artists, people who are down on their luck, or some who are simply hungry. Sometimes the conversation flows easily, sometimes not, but the food is nearly always tasty (it’s New York, after all–we have standards!) Join us for good food, good art, and good conversation–and bring your friends, family, and neighbors!
This is a free event. If you would like to be a guest, stop by Open Source any night in December between 7:00pm and 9:00pm!
i Collective: Once Upon Unfolding Times | Press Release | Installation Images | 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 […]
Dimensions Variable: Multidisciplinary
South Slope Derby 2016
Boa Mistura: Spread Love, It’s The Brooklyn Way
SiTE:LAB: Nothing Is Destroyed
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