Descent to Revolution

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.

Learning Site, Audible Dwelling, with audio "Is this Columbus, Ohio?," 2009 (edit of 16:32 minutes) from Bureau for Open Culture on Vimeo.

The Chord of Columbus from Bureau for Open Culture on Vimeo.

Ben Kinsley at Office of Collective Play from Bureau for Open Culture on Vimeo.

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

Descent to Revolution archive

Flickr photostream


Claire Fontaine, Learning Site, Red76, REINIGUNGSGESELLSCHAFT, Tercerunquinto


James Voorhies


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