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Another Space: Permanent Construction
Nov 3, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm| Free
Another Space presents “Permanent Construction,” an exhibition at Open Source Gallery curated in collaboration with Victoria Bugge Øye. “Permanent Construction” will be on view at Open Source November 3-December 1, 2016 with an opening reception on November 3 from 7-9pm.
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 nothing seems to be exempt from improvement and further development, “Permanent Construction” looks at the complicity of architectural, aesthetic, social, and artistic modes of being under “permanent construction”.
Creating an installation that is at once total and nearly invisible, Owen Armour’s intervention for the exhibition includes the construction of an extra floor made out of thinly laid concrete. As more and more audience members visit the exhibition the smooth and fragile floor might literally begin to crack underfoot, allowing less apparent parts of his work to come into view. Construction and deconstruction become indistinguishable. 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 searching for a way to rebuild herself and re-inhabit the disembodied shell of her body. In the exhibition we are presented with traces from these travels; organ wax casts, crocheted vessels and footage. Anna Daniell will present a new sculpture, or more precisely, the remains of a sculpture as some of its parts will be removed to Ray Gallery in DUMBO for Daniell’s separate solo show. At Open Source, a local author is invited to hold several private “meetings” with the sculpture to gather material for a fictional text. Spinning an elaborate net of entry points to an artwork that can never be viewed in its totality, Daniell invites us to meet sculptures in a different way.
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. She graduated from M.S. in Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture at GSAPP, Columbia University in 2012. 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.
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.