vladimir bulat on Tue, 8 Feb 2005 10:38:04 +0100 (CET)

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[Nettime-ro] O noua lectura a cuvintului "comunism", la Dublin


A Group Show 
21 JAN - 27 FEB
Admission Free

Eva Berendes, Lali Chetwynd, Declan Clarke, Susan Kelly, Goshka Macuga,
Paul McDevitt, Aleksandra Mir, Seamus Nolan, Veit Stratmann and Klaus Weber

For Communism ten artists have been commissioned to produce new work in
response to this term. This work, which includes installation, photography,
performance, graphic design, public sculpture and text, will be exhibited
in Project's gallery and foyer, on O 'Connell Street and in a bicycle
workshop. The word communism is generally ringed around with caution and
seen as representing a failed ideology or unrealistic utopia. Elsewhere,
radical theorists consider communism as a social force to be ubiquitous but
invisible. Here, artists have been invited to consider the word communism,
and, moving beyond a sense of impasse, suggest ways in which this term can
be materialised. 

For Communism Susan Kelly has taken Lenin's original question 'What is to
be done' and relates it to today by soliciting audiences to write their
suggestions on slips of paper. This work has toured Russia, Finland and the
US and has also appeared on the Internet. At Project, past suggestions and
blank slips will be displayed on furniture from Rodchenko's Workers Reading
Room of 1925. Klaus Weber has produced two works for the exhibition. One is
a photo-collage, a bio political civic statue, composed of people emitting
water from different orifices to form a human fountain. The other is a
to-scale model of a utopian space made from mirror and glass, containing a
living plant with hallucinogenic properties. Artist Aleksandra Mir has
reworked the famous poster image of Che Guevara by superimposing a cut out
Concorde onto it - playing off the affinity and the difference between
these two icons from the 1960s. This artwork will double as the invite and
will be mailed to Project's database. At the centre of the exhibition Eva
Berendes has designed a screened off area using a ten metre long curtain
which will be suspended from a triangular track attached to the gallery
ceiling. Using this space as a theatrical backdrop, Goshka Macuga and Lali
Chetwynd will stage a performance with two elements running simultaneously:
one, a Lenin impersonator delivering a speech in German, the other a
recreation of the Dadaist performers, the Cabaret Voltaire, with costumes
and masks designed by Chetwynd. 

During the exhibition Veit Stratmann's sculpture 'chairs' will be
positioned in Project's foyer. This work consists of five wheeled office
chairs joined back to back in a circle. The sculpture allows people to sit
and move together around the building on the basis that they act
collaboratively. Further afield, Seamus Nolan will set up an open workshop
in an unused shop space, where abandoned and reclaimed bicycles will be
reconfigured into working machines. In collaboration with the Dublin City
Gallery The Hugh Lane, artists Paul McDevitt and Declan Clarke have been
commissioned to install a concrete table tennis table on O'Connell Street
as a monument to leisure on Dublin's main thoroughfare. 

On Saturday 29th January, there will be a seminar run in partnership with
the Hugh Lane Gallery on the subject of communism and changes in the nature
of work. It will focus on the artist's paradoxical role as a model for
flexible and 'free' labour. Looking more generally at the function of
immaterial labour in a neo liberal economy like Ireland's, the seminar will
question how in this context the role of the artist can be conceived of as
critical and autonomous, political and collective. Speakers will include
Eric Alliez, Alberto Toscano and Hito Steyerl, whose film 'November' will
also be screened. 

Communism is supported by the British Council, the Goethe Institute and the
Hugh Lane Gallery. 


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