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open call / spring 14

Special Service at opti-ME*

open call / spring 14 live casting and opti-ME* opening event - Saturday 26th April, 7-9pm

Special Service presentation/artists' talk - Tuesday 29th April, 7.30-9pm

 

     

opti-ME* - 27th April -  25th May

Preview: Saturday 26th April, 7-9pm

Opening hours: Wed-Sun - 12-6

Auto Italia, Unit 2, 3 York Way, N1C 4AE

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Fashion, like any issue of surface, can be seen as superficial but it shouldn’t be seen as trivial.
Its image world interpellates our self-understanding and thereby plays a role in how we relate to
each other, mass-producing individuated subjectivity on an industrial scale. Fashion’s networks
of image-production, from selfies and blogs to billboards and commercials, can be understood
as sites of intersection between human and non-human materiality, algorithmically circulating
our outward projections of how we see who we are. This is, however, by no means a level field
of spontaneous emergent subjectivity. Those in front of the camera are very rarely in possession
of the means by which editorial and commercial images are produced. It is from this environment
that Special Service emerges as a new model of a modeling agency.
 
Collectively representing themselves and each other in initiating art through commercial
processes, Special Service models renegotiate together their agency in the field of fashion.
This strategy of intensified self-commodification tests the political horizons of accelerating rather
than resisting platforms of capitalisation to inflect rather than oppose the mechanics of desire.
As such, it proposes a model for art beyond either the modernist fantasy of artistic autonomy or
the contemporary delusion of emancipated spectatorship. Art here is understood as always
already instrumentalised. The challenge that is recognised is not one of autonomous authorship
but of negotiating networked flows of power and capital, within which Special Service exists as a
model of agency.
 
Founded in 2013 in Berlin, the model agency Special Service is an ongoing artistic collaboration
between Annika Kuhlmann (philosopher and producer), Britta Thie (artist and model) and
Julia Zange (writer and actress). www.special-service.biz
 
Text by Christopher Kulendran Thomas.
 
As part of opti-ME*, Special Service will be conducting a series of castings.
Castings will be taking place at Auto Italia fromFriday 25th April - Saturday 26th April. 
If you are interested in taking part, please contact info@special-service.biz
for more information.
 
Special Service will also be presenting open call / spring 14 in an artists' talk on 
Tuesday 29th April, 7.30-9pm. Tickets to this event are free but booking is essential.
For more information and to book your place, please visit eventbrite.co.uk

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opti-ME* is a month-long exhibition and event series bringing together a selection of creative

workers to interrogate the role of the artist, both as model for radical change and as

self-promotional strategist. Invited collaborators will occupy a transformed Auto Italia space,

using it as an experimental testing-ground for new work and proposals, and questioning what

"being artist" might mean as their skills and production methods become increasingly embedded

across other industries.

opti-ME* is a project by Auto Italia in collaboration with: Justin Jaeckle, Pablo Jones-Soler,

 Annika Kuhlmann, Ingo Niermann, Paloma Proudfoot, Britta Thie, Sophie Wyatt, Julia Zange.

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Auto Italia is an artist-run project space that commissions new work, collaborating directly
with emerging practitioners. It aims to provide a framework for developing alternative
approaches to production and exhibition formats.

www.autoitaliasoutheast.org  

 

 

 

 

    





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