ACTING THINGS - BLACK ON WHITE IS WHITE ON BLACK Exhibition Politics of Design: Act 1
The installation shows two perspectives on the ongoing project series ACTING THINGS, that investigates processes of production as socio-material ritual, play or choreography of daily life.
Elena Stefan, Phoebe Morris (studio team), Jan Boelen, Mela Zuljevic (curators)
Description of project
The installation shows two perspectives on the ongoing project series ACTING THINGS, that investigates processes of production as socio-material ritual, play or choreography of daily life. Till now six ACTING THINGS experiments have been staged that investigate the continuous negotiations between human and non-human bodies, social interactions and material structures and how they are mutually influencing and shaping each other. The documentations give an overview over the past experiments. By choosing perspective and highlighting findings, each experiment is both reflected and analyzed as well as its narration defined. On the other hand, the installation addresses the processes and developments behind these experiments opening up as possible approach for choreographic design practices. The exhibition Politics of Design: Act 1 is presented in collaboration with the 15th edition of the international Participatory Design Conference and is about participation and political engagement in current design practices. The exhibition presents three thematic events that make tangible the ways in which participation is given form. These 'ways to participate' are: BODY (participating as an individual and as a physical body through the practices of care and work), COMMUNITY (participating through and towards creating a collective through the practices of commonality and representation) and CITY (participating as a stranger in larger scale networks, through practices of data production and collection, and contributions to complex challenges, such as sustainability). The Politics of Design: Act 1 starts the conversation on the complexities of our engagement by activating different design and research practices in the space of Z33’s beguinage houses.
Description of work included
Video projections, selected documents from project archives ACTING THINGS I - VI
Type of work
16th August – 2nd December 2018 Z33 – House for Contemporary Art, Zuivelmarkt 33, 3500 Hasselt (BE) as part of 15th edition of the international Participatory Design Conference
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