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÷ Fair Assembly - A Project Curated by Steve Dietz for Making Things Public :: Artists and other interested parties are invited to submit projects to the Fair Assembly database, which can then become part of the exhibition Making Things Public. The open database of Fair Assembly is not about transparency, however. Not only is this impossible - its protocols and machine-readable languages are literally meaningless to humans unless mediated - but it is undesirable. Not everything will be accepted into the database but only some things - projects that are matters of concern for Making Things Public. The following questions are asked:
Is your project - or was it - an innovation? Does it lie at the intersection of information gathering and opinion making? Does it make a difference, no matter how small, to the question of democracy? Can it be »exported,« at least conceptually, for use or comparison in other domains other than the one for which it is currently designed?
Fair Assembly is an experiment not just on an exhibit but in exhibiting. It is an online fair at a very large scale, which is, as Bruno Latour suggested in early discussions about Making Things Public: »accessible to all the institutions, activists, teachers, political parties, artists who would have a wish to present, not so much their views on contested topics but the practical mechanisms to try to solve them.«
÷ Making Things Public - Exhibition Opening :: The exhibition Making Things Public addresses the challenge of renewing politics by applying to it the spirit of art and science. This unusual exhibition builds on the Iconoclash exhibition (ZKM 2002), which dealt with the crisis of representation in art, whereas Making Things Public tackles the problem of representation in politics. In this pioneering project over one hundred artists, scientists, sociologists, philosophers and historians re-explore the term 'politics'. At a time in which many people doubt and despair of politics it is crucial that they should not be fobbed off with standard political responses to contemporary problems but that the question of what actually constitutes politics should be raised anew.
We have become accustomed to a concept of democracy in which the sole focus is on a kind of representation, i.e. the representation of the people or of the interests of people whose conflicts are resolved in parliament. So when we think of democracy we think automatically of a representative democracy. The new concept of the political presented here does not turn a blind eye to the representational strategies of art and science. On the contrary, it extends the previous techniques of political representation by adding art and science to them. Instead of searching for more democracy only in the realm of professional politics, we draw attention to the new atmospheric conditions of democracy, to a complex set of technologies, interfaces, platforms, networks and media that allow things to become public.
[Making Things Public | Exhibition Opening: Sat 03/19/2005, 7pm, ZKM_Entrance hall | Exhibition: 03/20/-08/07/2005 | ZKM_Museum for Contemporary Art]
÷ Bedlam - Pentalog for 5 Projections :: »Bedlam« was originally the name for the insane asylum in medieval England and today has become a synonym for tangled, chaotic states. The work by Robert Darroll (animation) and Sean Reed (music), based on a theater piece by Darroll, involves five performers planning their joint escape from Bedlam. Because each of the actors interprets the conversation differently, they constantly talk at cross-purposes and remain stuck in the exact same spot. In their ca. 30-minute audio visual installation, which can be seen in the Cube in an endless loop, the actors achieve an impressive use of metaphor. Conclusion: objective reality is an impossibility.
[Bedlam - Pentalog for 5 Projections | Fri-Sun, 03/18/-03/20/2005, 3-6pm | ZKM_Cube]