The Disorganizers

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© Courtesy of the artist and p|m Gallery
The Disorganizers

1518 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON M6K 1T9
June 7th, 2013 - July 13th, 2013

Dundas West
416 937-3862
Wed-Sat 12-5:30
artifacts, video-art, sculpture


(Introducing) The Disorganizers

“My faith in human dignity consists in the belief that man is the greatest scamp on earth. Human dignity must be associated with the idea of a scamp and not with that of an obedient, disciplined and regimented soldier.”

Lin Yutang

“I say that one must be a seer, make oneself a seer. The poet makes himself a seer by a long, prodigious, and rational disordering of all the senses.”

Arthur Rimbaud

“Poetry should be made by all”

Comte de Lautreamont

Introducing (The Disorganizers), a new project from the NYC-based conceptual artist Kurt Bigenho, debuts at p|m Gallery in May 2013.  The Disorganizers is framed as a fictional service organization, one that architects localized scenarios of disorder, disorganization, and chaos – in the home, office, or in public space.

Referencing equal parts Monty Python skit (The Ministry of Silly Walks), Apple and American Apparel era marketing savvy, Surrealist parlor games, the Cutup Method of Burroughs and Gysin, as well as Trickster mythologies (Loki, Seth, Coyote), The Disorganizers is the latest in a series of fictive companies and organizations that Bigenho has invented.

In its role as a service organization, The Disorganizers offer a variety of products which the consumer can purchase (i.e. commission) after a short consultation.  Sample products include: “#24 – During a dinner party instruct all guests to speak at the same time and slightly faster & louder than they normally would,” and “#33 – Take a long sleeve shirt and a pair of pants. Remove the arms and legs – sew back on opposite garment. Proceed to wear.”

In p|m Gallery, the installation consists of a wall of dozens of signs advertising these potential ‘disorganizations’.  Images, videos and artifacts of previously realized disorganizations are also displayed, along with example sculptures  (a disordered hopscotch pattern, video, table), as well a custom designed uniform (jumpsuit and cap) worn by the Disorganizer employees.  On opening night, there will also be a string quartet playing a disorganized series of sheet music.

With The Disorganizers, Bigenho is experimenting with the breakdown of structure – social conventions, the ego, powerful, calcified frameworks – in order to make conditions ripe for mysterious, unexpected, magical, creative results.  New experiences, new insights, new epiphanies – bloom in the chaos and rubble of The Disorganizers wake.