Opening for Post-Speculation, Act I

Opening Celebration Tue 9 Sep 2014 7.00PM-9.00PM P!
334 Broome Street
New York City
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Post-Speculation, Act I
Sept 1– Sept 12
Opening Event: Tuesday, September 9, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Featuring: HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN? with A(n) Office

Additional events throughout September and October to be announced, including a book launch for Speculation, Now (edited by Vyjayanthi Venuturupalli Rao, Prem Krishnamurthy and Carin Kuoni; published by Duke University Press in association with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics).

Post-Speculation begins where Speculation, Now ends: as a postscript, a footnote, an addendum, and a reflection of a book that does not yet exist. In an age of geopoliti­cal upheaval, unstable financial markets, environmental uncertainty, and distributed artistic production, Post-Speculation explores the fringe, the edge, and the double-bind of this broad topic.

"Speculation" is often associated with financial markets and defined as measuring investment risk against future returns. At the same time and in its original usage, "speculation" is the creative leap of looking both beyond and within the known in order to imagine something unexpected. In this context, speculation is a frame­work for action and thought that can be constructive in a historic moment of radical change and uncertainty. Ironically, the concrete environment of the exhibition setting provides the foil to engage in such provocative questioning.

The exhibition begins with Post-Speculation, Act I. For twelve days, the art collective HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN? will occupy P! in order to launch thewayblackmachine.net (2014), an internet archive of activism around black embodi­ment inspired by The Wayback Machine (web.archive.org). Addressing contemporary conditions such as police bru­tality, American-funded international violence, and the ways that memes and hashtags collapse and make legible such threats to personhood, the collective's conceptual and spatial intervention uses the gallery itself as a medium that extends onto the street. Designed by A(n) Office with HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?, Act I will feature multi­ple screens, projections, black walls, and void space. Through performances and architectural maquettes, multiple operations are modeled on and for the House Opera | Opera House, a found/acquired house in Detroit that places art at the center of the community and offers community members a space to create.

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