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20.11.2020, 19:00 Uhr
The Coming Community. Para-Institutions in Marseille and beyond

The Coming Community aims to experiment the possibilities of ephemeral cohabitations and gathering in a specific space-time: a place inhabited by “disseminated, temporary and nomadic” communities - to use the words of Giorgio Agamben, who inspired this project.

Nine artists from France, Switzerland, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Russia developed through video, voice, movement or sculpture subjects related to: performativity, language, ritual, mythology and technology. Originally planned to be held at Coco Velten in Belsunce, Marseille (November 13-28 2020) as part of Manifesta 13, The Coming Community emerged from the encounter and dialogue between two duos of curators based in France and Switzerland – each imagining different strategies on the importance of interpersonal relationships and collaborative process within the frame of curatorial practices.

Thought as an “active space” (stage, content and context - F. Malzacher, J. Warsza), this collective project explores potentialities and policies of ephemeral communities as tools to create a space of commoning, With this approach, it works on and with the local context, using the relationship between public space and audience to study situations participating in collective power or in new narratives.

We persist in thinking, discussing and writing together. In the context of the current situation, the physical part of the project takes on in multiple digital and textual media. Three virtual meetings during November will emphasize the possibilities of rethinking the exhibition space in terms of conviviality and collective understanding. Beginning with "How do we come together in a world that isolates us?" by Nora Sternfeld, our interest intersects with different institutional models such as the “para-institution”. This alternative model dealing with cultural-political relations that propose the pedagogy of "refusing the refusal” instead of simple criticism. With theses approaches, the result will be an experimental anthology created in alternative ways of publishing and distributing.

Composed of theoretical reflections, it will bring together the perspectives and processes of all invited artists. In collaboration with Station of Commons, Belsunce Project and Copie Machine, this anthology will be printed in Marseille, Hamburg, Prague and Geneva and distributed for free.

In this framework, Station of Commons investigates digital commoning practices and how find distance from private on-line corporate. This critical approach to Open Technology questions what can be a radical artistic practice situated within, against and beyond capitalism. In collaboration with Belsunce Project and Copie Machine, this anthology will be printed in Marseille, Hamburg, Prague and Geneva and distributed for free.
Finally, The Comming community is for us a means of broadening the methods of exhibitions producing; from the site of installation to practices of commoning.
A proposal by ex situ – Cassandre Langlois & Simona Dvořáková – and the curatorial duo Gabrielle Boder & Tadeo Kohan.

With contributions by Station of Commons (Grégoire Rousseau and Juan Gomez), the artists Flora Bouteille, Anatol Dirkas, Michala Julínyová, Nastasia Meyrat, Nicolas Pesquier, Rudolf Samohejl, Trapier Duportē, Victor Villafagne, Victor Yudaev, and Nora Sternfeld (HFBK Hamburg).

The project was planned as a part of Manifesta 13 in Marseille. It is supported by Cité international des arts, Czech centre in Paris, Slovak Institute in Paris, Etat de Vaud, Fonds cantonal d’art contemporain, DIP, Genève, Pro Helvetia - Fondation suisse pour la culture, Ricard Foundation, Ville de Lausanne, Frame Contemporary Art Finland and is realised in collaboration with the HFBK (University of Fine Arts) Hamburg.

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