OURS: Democracy in the Age of Branding

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Contrapeso, 2003
Group Show
OURS: Democracy in the Age of Branding

Parsons The New School for Design
66 Fifth Avenue at 13th Street
New York, NY 10011
October 16th, 2008 - February 1st, 2009
Opening: October 15th, 2008 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

greenwich/west village
M-F, 10 AM-8 PM; S-S, Noon-6 PM
Parsons School of Design
mixed-media, photography, installation, video-art, performance, conceptual, sculpture


Democracy: it's ours. Or is it? With the U.S. presidential elections upon us, Parsons The New School for Design presents an exhibition investigating the potency of democracy as a brand featuring an international roster of emerging and established contemporary artists, and a number of newly commissioned works and performances. Curated by Carin Kuoni, director of the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School (which co-sponsors the exhibition), Ours examines the desires generated and promoted by democracy as a brand—such as choice, participation, freedom of expression, a sense of belonging, and the promise of individual success, all embodied in the notion of "liberty"—and looks at how and where these desires find fulfillment or are displaced.

Central to the exhibition is a series of design charrettes where participating artists will work with New School students to address a number of the issues raised by the works on view. These charrettes will culminate in evening presentations that are open to the public. The exhibition includes an online component curated by new media artist and Rhizome Curator-at-Large Marisa Olson and accessible in the gallery and remotely. Works on view capture the energy of the Internet as a new frontier of the democratic process.

Participating Artists: Yael Bartana, Erick Beltrán, Alexis Bhagat, Paul Chan, Joseph DeLappe, Aleksandra Domanović, Sam Durant, Kota Ezawa, Andrea Geyer, Liam Gillick, Sharon Hayes, Susan Hiller, Ashley Hunt, I Approve This Message, Institute for Infinitely Small Things, Emma Kay, Komar & Melamid, Asaf Koriat, Runo Lagomarsino, Steve Lambert, Les Liens Invisibles, Ligorano/Reese, Miguel Luciano, Michael Mandiberg, Emery Martin, Aleksandra Mir, Carlos Motta, Dave Muller, Timo Nasseri, Ariel Orozco, Trevor Paglen, PETLab, Nadine Robinson, Anri Sala, Hank Willis Thomas, Johan Tiren, Brian Tolle, Judi Werthein, Wooloo Productions, The Yes Men, and Carey Young.

Supported in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

For more information, view the press release and also view related programming.