Working title

“Dirty abstract body” at Kunstpallion Tirol Innsbruck
Buchsenhausen Proposal
Buchsenhausen Documentation
Working title trial
Innsbruck episodes
Buchsenhausen Domestic scene
Review

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“Dirty abstract body” at Kunstpallion Tirol Innsbruck

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Buchsenhausen Proposal
Proposal introduction: 

I propose the workshop: “Working Title” for Buchsenhausen. The work is an extension of Overhead and Behind and especially the episode Domestic Art Practice (DAP). DAP is a research platform, which aim is to look at labor and contemporary working conditions that artists and creators are facing today. It ask questions concerning what is work? where do we work? and how do we work? DAP research takes various formats; partly through a series of interviews with people that uses a domestic environment for making/showing art, partly as a platform for commission artists to make work in their home and show it on DAP forthcoming blog. Lastly it is a extension of my own practice for making art in and for domestic environments.

Working Title is an experiment to set the conditions of a domestic and living room scene in locus for art making. This experiment aim is to complicate and extend the relation between homework and artwork through a hands on thinking-by-doing (or perhaps even rethinking-by-doing) sculptural workshop. It is a heuristic lesson in homework and what it means to work within existing structures. The outcome of this workshop will be a series of speculation objects; objects that will object, refuse, re-fuse, enhance and complicate homework as a scene of radical making, thinking and doing.

Working Title is structured in three different headlines; “dirty“, “abstract” and “body“. These different headlines hopes to function as frames for conversations but also forming a “Dirty-abstract-body of works”.

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About the headlines:

Dirty‘s aim is to discuss cleanliness as one of the fundamental actions performed in a domestic environment. Coming from the idea of a civilized home cleaning is connected to the enlightenment project. This day will aim to discuss cleanliness from a domestic and post-colonial perspective, hoping to problematise and revalue shit as soil for thinking.

The aim of abstract part of the workshop is to put domestic objects into complication. Domestic objects are arguably created in order to increase efficiency within lived environments/episodes. Day 2 aims to abstract the domesticality of efficiency and progress with the aim to connect and counterbalance this scene with concepts related to artwork. What is the connection between artwork and housework? By this counterbalance it hopes to also question progress within art, as this is commonly attached to a need for generating a “valued” result. In short, I will say, that this bares a relation to the concept of working with “projects”. Funding bodies, applications and proposals are frequently asking artists for project descriptions. Bojana Kunst describes a project, as a “retrospective future”, which according to her “enables a lot of possibilities even though everything has to be planned in advance to reach the already-projected future” [Kunst, 2011: 17]. A project allows for possibilities “but no actual change… the public dimension of his/her work is most of the time conceived as a finalization of its ends” [2011: 17]. Abstract hope is to take a step away from the frameworks of a project and instead insist open ended study into a domestic scene, with its object and content. This as an attempt to alter objects that can be found in under funded domestic environments, where work reaches no-end and attach other logics and consequently un-projected possibilities.

The body is the material that connects both of these two previous headlines, as it is through the body and its potentials, that labor-power, performance of work and the capitalist work machine is formed. To quote Silvia Federici “we can see, in other words, that the human body and not the steam engine, and not even the clock, was the first machine developed by capitalism” [Federici, 2005: 146]. This machine is a commodity sold in the form of a wage must according to a capital orientated capital orientated value system be hidden, in the form of a wage, as it disembodies and dislocates value. The aim of the final workshop day is to resituate the speculation objects from the previous days and practice these within other scenes. How can they become tools for making other conversation? and in what way can these objects re-fuse a new body.

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It is through Working Title and the constant state of emerging that the workshops will finds its way of doing, it’s a way of creating and challenging social organisation simply by “using the right tools in the wrong way”. In other words “Working title” will create “Dirty-abstract-body of works”.

Short about Working Title: 

A workshop for 4-5 people (we should be specific with who to invite). Working Title is an episode in DAP, a hands on thinking-by-doing workshop where the outcome will be an artwork. It is a heuristic lesson in homework and what it means to work within existing structures.

Out of this workshop are a series of speculation objects, objects that will object, refuse, re-fuse, enhance and complicate homework as a scene of radical thinking.

Rules:

– One has to make objects using the provided materials.
– One is only allowed to speak when making.
– One has to make something physically.
– One has to work within the suggested frames.

DAY1: “Dirty” 
Tags: whiteness, post-colonial, earth, reproduction, compost, cleaning, cleanliness, shit, living in shit

– Cleanliness is one of the fundamental actions performed in a domestic environment. Coming from the idea of a civilized home cleaning is connected to the enlightenment project. This day will aim to discuss cleanliness from a domestic and post-colonial perspective, hoping to problematise and revalue shit as soil for thinking.

Material: a suggestion of a text/screening? pls. add
Questions: What is the relation between soil and shit? pls. add
Framing: The body; all objects has to be made as an extension of the body.

DAY2: “Abstract” 
Tags: Progress, usefulness, anti-progress, disorganisation, irrational, making sense, being behind, function, behind 

– Objects within domestic environments are arguably created in order to increase,efficiency within lived environments/episodes. Day 2 aims to abstract the domesticality of efficiency and progress with the aim to connect and counterbalance this scene,with concepts in art. What is the connection between artwork and housework?

Material: a suggestion of a text/screening? pls. add
Questions: What is the connection between artwork and housework? pls. add
Framing: The objects of the flat, altered and extended as sculptural speculation tools.

DAY3: “Body” 
Tags: Labor power, work machine, body, potentials 

– This day is puts the body into its own locus and aims to speculate in other values of the body. The aim of the final workshop day is to resituate the speculation objects from the previous days and practice these within other scenes. How can they become tools for making other conversation? and in what way can these objects re-fuse a new body.

Material: a suggestion of a text/screening? pls. add
Questions: What is the role of the body within domestic work? What are the potentials of the body as a work machine? pls. add
Framing: To put the existing speculation objects into other context, alter them there and allow them to speculate in new logics.

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Buchsenhausen Documentation

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Trolldeg:

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Working title trial
Working title trial with Sam Kennedy

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Innsbruck episodes

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Buchsenhausen Domestic scene

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