A project by David Goldenberg, Rayna Nadeem and Katherine Williams, assisted by B+K.
This opening show at the Mota Gallery in London examined the tradition of exhibitions (and galleries).
Text by David Goldenberg:
Homelessness is a laboratory of the examination of what an exhibition may be at this point in time; therefore it is not an exhibition, but a project that examines an exhibition; and a reevaluation of all those aspects by which we recognize and define contemporary cultural practices today.
If we open up this terrain further, we then begin to look at after-gallery practices, which can theoretically take place anywhere; if this is the case, contemporary culture can be said to be Homeless. But is it? This question occupies the core of the project, and in doing so parallels examination into the transformation of contemporary cultural practices. This begins to sketch a provisional idea of the post-autonomous – via a vis what takes place once contemporary culture reaches maturity and understands all aspects of itself.
The opportunity of staging the Homeless at the Mota Gallery allows us to bring together and clarify the shape of the interconnected actions, questionnaires, feedback and discussions generated to date to develop different models of the exhibition event.
During the six weeks of the project a wide range of activities will take place utilizing many spaces – the gallery, basement, living room, bedroom, kitchen, street, local park, estate, internet, fax, etc. Through an examination of interactive, participatory and collaborative methodologies, a broad mixture of audiences will be asked to develop work specific to these locations in response to a number of questions.
At the same time a number of people will spend short periods of time in the space and respond to the conditions, while projects are to be undertaken off site. Documentation, drawings, diagrams and other material examining previous feedback will be on display, alongside weekly discussions of issues raised by the research, plus lectures providing an overview.
Participants: Stefan Beck, Urs Breitenstein, Anna Best, Chris Dorley-Brown, Steven Carter, J.J. Charlesworth, Mark Currah, Jorn Ebner, Volker Eichelmann, Ciara Ennis, Martina Geccelli, Mel Gooding, Lothar Gotz, Anthony Gross, Anna Harding, Denise Hawrysio, Anthony Heywood, Stuart Home, Nicoline van Harskamp, Johanna & Helmut Kandl, Andrea Knobloch, Patricia Kohl, Eelco van der Lingen, Michaela Muller, MSDM, Sadie Murdoch, Henna Nadeem, Marry Overtoom, Guilliarme Paris, Susan Philipsz, Christina Protto, Stefan Saffer, Bob & Roberta Smith, Paul Stone & Helen Smith, Georgina Starr, Simon Tyszko.
Homeless was a project by B+K.
B+K was founded by two artists in November 1997 with the aim of embarking upon a shared exploration and questioning of contemporary art practices, to explore ways of eliminating elements of individual authorship, to interrogate and test out collaborative strategies and approaches and the language framing such practices.
Consequently, alongside examining the language framing such practices, B+K has focused on dialogue, participation and process as means to challenge boundaries, expectations, restrictions and conventions.
Over the past 15 years B+K has gathered considerable experience of: working with ‘publics’ in complex situations; making sensitive interventions into pre-existing, conventional systems; and, involving large numbers of participants within creative networks of communication.
B+K’s working strategies continue to focus on fluidity, collaboration, dialogue and the participation of those usually outside the ‘fine art world.’
These strategies are ephemeral, temporary and involve transient, and often random, interventions and interactions with others. B+K’s activities are intended to be unobtrusive, almost non-existent and not entirely ‘serious;’ a means of subverting and questioning traditional patterns of art production, presentation and distribution.
The ethos of B+K’s collaboration is indicated by the use of ‘plus’ instead of the ‘and’ as it is more than the sum of its individual parts.