Descent to Revolution

REINIGUNGSGESELLSCHAFT, The Readymade Demonstration, 2009
Claire Fontaine, WARM WAR, 2009
Red76, Surplus Seminar, Columbus, Ohio, 2009
Learning Site, Audible Dwelling, 2009
Tercerunquinto, demolition of City Center Mall, Columbus, Ohio, October 25, 2009

REINIGUNGSGESELLSCHAFT, The Readymade Demonstration, 2009

outdoor parade re-staging the East German peaceful revolution

courtesy of the artists

Claire Fontaine, WARM WAR, 2009

neon: 8 high x 34 wide x 4 deep inches; solar panel: 39 high x 193 wide x 20 deep inches

courtesy of the artists

Red76, Surplus Seminar, Columbus, Ohio, 2009

residency

courtesy of the artists and Columbus College of Art & Design

Learning Site, Audible Dwelling, 2009

installation on Columbus College of Art & Design campus

courtesy of the artists and Columbus College of Art & Design

Tercerunquinto, demolition of City Center Mall, Columbus, Ohio, October 25, 2009

photograph documentation

courtesy of the artists

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Descent to Revolution features five international artist collectives and collaboratives that use urban spaces and social spheres as means of production and inspiration. During the course of the exhibition, participating artists visit Columbus in a series of residencies to make projects specific to the city. The work does not take place inside the space of the gallery but in concert with community and physical mediums outside of it.

Drawing on a range of ideas about urbanism, community, play, collectivity, education and revolution by figures like Jean Baudrillard, Guy Debord, Henri Lefebvre, Thomas Jefferson, Jean-François Lyotard and others, Descent to Revolution investigates how incremental shifts in cultural behavior are generated by continual production of knowledge, action and conversation. Revolution then is a slow, ever-evolving process responsive to a changing contemporary society. Within this investigation is a look at the role of the institution of art in realizing projects by practitioners whose production relies on contexts outside of the gallery.

So, while part of the gallery is the information outlet for Descent to Revolution, the remainder of it is vacant. This is a rather conspicuous act against prime exhibition real estate. Visitors are invited to wander around the empty site as they like with these thoughts in mind. But, most importantly, they are invited to read there and here online about what is happening over the course of the exhibition and wander outside to experience and contribute to works organized in response to the city of Columbus.

Office of Collective Play is a space and program organized by Bureau for Open Culture in association with Descent to Revolution.

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Descent to Revolution is an archive blog of the exhibition making.

Descent to Revolution archive

Flickr photostream

 

Claire Fontaine, Learning Site, Red76, REINIGUNGSGESELLSCHAFT, Tercerunquinto

Curator

James Voorhies

Institution

Columbus College of Art & Design, OH
Sep 10—Nov 24, 2009

Made possible with a Project Grant from Etant donnés: The French-American Fund for Contemporary Art; a grant from the Danish Arts Council; grants from Greater Columbus Arts Council and Ohio Arts Council with support from Columbus College of Art & Design