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EXHIBITION

12 JUN - 01 SEP 2015
WYSPA INSTITUE OF ART-GDANSK

Verncularity

Alternativa 2015

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What we saw upon awakening Clay #2 , Alice Aycock, 1971 Ligne, Ismaïl Bahri, 2011 Hammering Out (an old argument), Monica Bonvicini, 1998 Gaya (E102) Horizon 3, Latifa Echakhch, 2010
 

What we saw upon awakening, Lida Abdul 2006

Alter­na­tiva 2015 enta­ils and deve­lops ideas under­ta­ken for a two-​​year pro­ject Gar­den of Eve­ry­day Errors
The pro­ject fol­lows tacit know­ledge in the prac­tice of eve­ry­day life and in forms we tend to over­look. Our aim is to reverse this per­spec­tive. In this pro­ject the com­mon form pier­ces or con­su­mes the arti­stic one. We try to re-​​evaluate the ordi­nary and take it as a source of know­ledge that has rema­ined use­less since we han­ded our lives over to the experts.

The pro­gram of the Inter­na­tio­nal Visual Arts Festi­val Alter­na­tiva 2015 is made up of the major exhi­bit Ver­na­cu­la­rity, accom­pa­nied by a per­for­ma­tive pro­gramme, an exhi­bi­tion of the col­lec­tive Hard-​​Core, three book publi­ca­tions and a con­ti­nu­ation of Open Gar­den by Len­dla­bor which is fur­ther enri­ched by a par­ti­ci­pa­tory pro­gramme. Altho­ugh we have pre­pa­red two exhi­bi­tions, most of the accom­pa­ny­ing events allow them­se­lves to nearly disap­pear in the hustle and bustle of eve­ry­day acti­vi­ties: while eating, wal­king, fin­ding things along­side the road or wor­king in the gar­den – all of which are often refe­ren­ced in Ver­na­cu­la­rity.

Open Gar­den was cre­ated from scratch last year with people from our neigh­bo­ur­hood in col­la­bo­ra­tion with the arti­sts, archi­tec­tu­ral stu­dents and local botany enthu­sia­sts. It is a demon­stra­tion of our tac­tic to regain the living space of the site that had seemed to be in the pro­cess of disin­te­gra­tion. We invite you to visit our gar­den and take part in our gar­de­ning cho­res, meetings and lec­tu­res. We will eat what we grow. We will get to know the arti­sts for whom feeding and hun­ger are sour­ces of rese­arch and hap­pe­nings. We will also depart from here for field trips, watch movies and meet our guests.

The Ver­na­cu­la­rity exhi­bi­tion is plan­ned for the entire sum­mer. Until the end of Sep­tem­ber it rema­ins our alpha­bet of eve­ry­day phe­no­mena, a field of refe­rence, a rese­rvoir of forms and tech­ni­ques. Ver­na­cu­lar is per­haps not a very popu­lar term altho­ugh it refers exac­tly to that which is com­mon. It refers to the indi­ge­nous, to the lan­gu­age of daily com­mu­ni­ca­tion, local know­ledge, tech­no­logy and a mode of repre­sen­ta­tion. Today we speak of ver­na­cu­lar archi­tec­ture, such as pho­to­gra­phy or gra­phic design. Ver­na­cu­la­rity was cho­sen as the theme of our main exhi­bi­tion which allows for a laby­rinth of mate­rial works, pain­tings, sculp­tu­res, texti­les, video and diverse acti­vi­ties lin­ked to the objet tro­uvé , natu­ral objects, tech­ni­ques and tech­no­lo­gies of the eve­ry­day, as well as quoti­dian sub­stan­ces and acti­vi­ties. It puts toge­ther the visual voca­bu­lary of the com­mon, reve­als the links between the dome­stic and the relational.

Our mat­ter of con­cern and inqu­iry are natu­ral fin­dings such as plants or sto­nes; and the aesthe­tics of found objects as well as their abi­lity to gene­rate new forms; the pain­terly skills of the nail spe­cia­list and the ano­ny­mous talents of weavers. We are inte­re­sted in ver­na­cu­la­rity in photo repre­sen­ta­tions and repe­ti­tion in eve­ry­day cho­res. We refer to lan­gu­age, to what is trans­la­ta­ble and untran­sla­ta­ble in a local con­text. This is per­haps due to it being untran­sla­ta­ble, often con­si­de­red as a disqu­ali­fy­ing aspect of work in the inter­na­tio­nal cir­cu­la­tion of art, as being a power­ful gene­ra­tor of forms.

For August we have plan­ned an exhi­bi­tion by a group of arti­sts wor­king under the name Hard-​​Core as a coun­ter­we­ight to the cura­ted exhi­bi­tion. Pre­pa­red col­lec­ti­vely, the pre­sen­ta­tion of the pro­jects, on how to be libe­ra­ted from the domi­nance of ideas and entrust it to an algo­ri­thm that cal­cu­la­tes tech­ni­cal para­me­ters and dimen­sions, is a prag­ma­tic ope­ra­tor of the pie­ces in the exhi­bi­tion. This digi­tal, tech­no­lo­gi­cal and anti-​​curatorial pro­ject ope­ra­tes in a reality paral­lel to the other, dili­gent, labo­rious and mate­rial part of the festival.

Gar­den of Eve­ry­day Errors: Ver­na­cu­la­rity enta­ils its sister pro­ject from the pre­vious year: Eve­ry­day­ness and cla­sps toge­ther the five-​​year long pro­gramme line of Alter­na­tiva, tra­cing sub­stan­tial phe­no­mena from a local con­text such as labour and leisure, estran­ge­ment, mate­ria­lity, uto­pian thin­king and the tac­tics of eve­ry­day life. It is dedi­ca­ted to occa­sio­nally noti­ced forms which are so unre­mar­ka­ble that they are nearly exceptional.

Ple­ase feel welcome not only to the exhi­bi­tions but also to acti­vely par­ti­ci­pate in the ove­rall pro­gramme. See you soon!

The arti­sts list inc­lu­des: Sherko Abbas Abdl-​​razaq, Lida Abdul, Alice Aycock, Babi Bada­lov, Ismail Bahri, Ricardo Bas­baum, bersz­mi­siak, Olaf Brze­ski, Karo­lina Brzu­zan, Rafał Buj­now­ski, Ade­lita Husni Bey, Monica Bonvi­cini, Latifa Echa­khch, Harun Farocki, Esther Fer­rer, Anton Kats, Daphne Kera­mi­das, Anna Kró­li­kie­wicz, Julie Luzoir, Wen­de­lien van Olden­borgh, Agnieszka Pol­ska, Simon Pope, Kon­rad Pustoła, Tere Reca­rens, Maciej Sala­mon, Mierle Lader­man Uke­les, Flo­rian Zey­fang, Sylvie Réno. Hard­Core. Len­dla­bor Open Gar­den: Lisa Enzen­ho­fer & Anna Resch.

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