The Practice of Everyday Life
Vladimir Archipov, Mike Bouchet, Luchezar Boyadjiev, Tobias Bernstrup, Pash Buzari, Christian Jankowski, Leopold Kessler, David Levine, Joep van Liefland, Alban Muja, Begoña Muñoz, Ana Prvacki, Joe Scanlan, Ignacio Uriarte, Donelle Woolford.
July 11 - September 14 Vernissage on July 11 from 18 - 21
Dear Donelle Woolford,
I recently opened a gallery in Berlin called FEINKOST and am curating a summer show in which I would like to include a presentation of your work. The show is looking at different ideas of bricolage. The exhibition begins looking at moments where one has a need and a desired outcome and must make do with one's own means to get there. This leads into the next point which I would refer to as "occupational bricolage" where artists use occupations as a medium. And finally looking at projects that interrupt, change or maintain a status quo or expectations; i.e. things that are cleanly sublimated into a reflex of functional use by the passerby or everyday consumer.
The idea is based on Michel de Certeau's Practice of Everyday Life book where he describes workers making work to look like work. He refers to this as "la perruque" or "the wig" referencing the way people figuratively wear an outfit or disguise to make viewers believe that what they are seeing is what they think it is. The example he uses is a person working in the office typing away on the keyboard. The boss sees a worker hard at work however the reality is an employee engaged in personal email correspondence or trawling the Internet. It is, to a certain degree, about posturing or "imposturing", appropriating behaviors as a language and then speaking proficiently.
The show is about looking at how artists make projects that replicate production and consumption processes to simulate the original purpose, product or service they are imitating, a kind of ouroboros. For example dressing up like a street cleaner and cleaning the street or becoming and being accepted as a pop star. The first audience is the passerby who believes it to be what it seems and the second audience is the gallery-goer who understands the performative nature of it.
The idea is not only based in performance but also in design and the construction of everyday behaviors. It is also a question about how the artist might have more potential to affect a change in reality than his professional counterpart working legitimately within the respective profession that is being performed.
I would like to include a project by you that is in keeping with this concept. I think a presentation of your collages, for example, would work very well. Above is a list of artists who will be participating in the show. After the opening we will release a schedule of performances, lectures and screenings related to the show. I hope this message finds you well and I look forward to your reply.