London Future: The Floating City13. Sep - 21. Sep 13 / ended RichMix
Opening view: Thursday 12th September 6pm - 8pm
Artwork by Claudia Borgna.
Texts by Daniel F. Herrmann, Oliver Carruthers, Nick Haffnaer, Duncan Hay, Mark Hutchinson, Nina Power and Nick Bearman.
“I want to build an awareness and make a comment on the way we are living, on our values and how they affect the environment” (Claudia Borgna, 2013).
Developing the theme of London in the future, this exhibition employs the index as the site to answer this question. As the index is an alphabetical list of persons, places, subjects and so on, mentioned in a book, the city is taken as the printed work in which the terms are mentioned.The index’s authors give designations for the future London and write stories that build different possibilities and create open discussions.The index will be both displayed at the space and printed in a publication accompanying the exhibition.This edition engages with the act of promulgation and dissemination as point for debate and exchange rather than mere documentation.
Framed by the index, the work by artist Claudia Borgna, the central point of the exhibition, is the essential complement to the texts. She represents her vision through a site specific ephemeral installation both complex and universal in meanings and medium. Shopwrecked is a work born from the new term Borgna invented, which defines and depicts the present and the future of London.
The result of the exhibition is a reflection on the roles of the people involved and the visitors within the future of this city and its possibilities. Or at least, the exhibition invites people to have their own opinion.
The basic meaning of being a Londoner is being a citizen of London, which is an ironic feeling taking into account the fact that most of us Londoners are from abroad. How is it possible then, to build a future all together? Borgna talked about ‘close long distance-collaboration’ regarding the spirit of this exhibition, and this will be the essence of the future London that is already happening.
The exhibition is curated by Cristina Ramos and Elisabetta Rabajoli from the MA Curating course jointly run by the Whitechapel Gallery and The CASS, at London Metropolitan University.The exhibition is supported by Rich Mix, Diversity Art Forum, University of East London interns from the Department of Cultural Studies and Creative Industries.The publication is supported by Herman Lelie and Stefania Bonelli.
Contact details: Moni Onojeruo firstname.lastname@example.org, Cristina Ramos email@example.com and Elisabetta Rabajoli firstname.lastname@example.org.
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