[act-ma] 12/09 Disobedience Archive Opening Talk and Reception

Charlie Welch cwelch at tecschange.org
Fri Dec 9 11:41:10 PST 2011

Exhibition Talk.
Mel King, Julie Stone, Marco Scotini, Glorianna Davenport
Sreaning of Ricky Leacock's November Actions.
Moderated by  Gediminas Urbonas.

December 9, 2011  4--5 PM

MIT Building E15-001 (ACT Cube)

5--8 PM
Exhibition opening and reception.
E14 Lobby (Media Lab)


Disobedience Archive brings together a series of practices and forms of 
individual self-representation just as they are finding the key to their 
strength in an alliance of art and activism: a transformation in the 
languages that society produces as a political subject and as a media 
object. What matters in Disobedience is not so much an 'alliance' 
between activist demands and artistic practices in order to achieve 
common goals: it is more that of a common space or a common base that is 
emerging. This space is not clearly defined, thus making it impossible 
to draw a precise line between forces and signs, between language and 
labor, between intellectual production and political action. It 
functions through a display of the archive format, in which all the 
materials on show share the same level of equivalence -- without 
hierarchies and without exhibiting any preordained set of institutional 
rules. It is up to the public to choose and to organize their vision of 
the available material: turning the archive into a toolkit ready for use.

The Disobedience Archive has been organized and exhibited in many 
different venues across the World since 2005. In the installation at the 
Lobby of the Media Lab Complex at MIT the Disobedience will expand to 
include cases of political and artistic action that have manifested in 
the geographic and historical terrain of Boston. In addition to this, 
new student works that critically interrogate concepts of Disobedience 
(produced in the research seminars, Art, Architecture, and Urbanism in 
Dialogue and Introduction to Networked Cultures and Participatory 
Media), will be exhibited in conversation with the pre-existing body of 
works that comprise the archive.

Here, the archive itself will take the form of a garden "corridor" 
arranged on an axis that disrupts the traditional logic of the existing 
space and makes an allusion to the spatial and urban politics, from 
community gardens to self-reliant tent cities, that have characterized 
many instances of activism in the Boston area.

*Material provided to the archive by:*
16beaver group, Atelier d'Architecture Autogérée (AAA), Gianfranco 
Baruchello, Bernardette Corporation, Black Audio Film Collective, 
Copenhagen Free University, Critical Art Ensemble, Dodo Brothers (Andrea 
Ruggeri and Giancarlo Vitali Ambrogio), Etcètera, Marcelo Exposito, 
Harun Farocki and Andrei Ujica, Grupo de Arte Callejero (GAC), Alberto 
Grifi, Ashley Hunt, Kanal B, Margit Czencki/Park Fiction, Radio Alice, 
Oliver Ressler with Zanny Begg, Joanne Richardson, Eyal Sivan, Hito 
Steyerl, The Department of Space and Land Reclamation (with StreetRec., 
The Institute for Applied Autonomy, Las Agencias and 
AffectTech/BikeWriters), Mariette Schiltz and Bert Theis, Ultra Red, 
Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas, James Wentzy, Dmitry Vilensky and Chto delat 
/ What is to be done?

*Additional contributions and material from:*
Hans Guggenheim, Mel King, Juliet Stone, Richard Leacock, Sylvère 
Lotringer, MIT Museum, Paul Summit, Urbano platform, ACT UP and Food not 
Bombs amongst others.

*For more information see:*
disobedience.mit.edu <http://disobedience.mit.edu>

MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology
The Media Lab Complex Lobby (E14)
75 Amherst Street
Cambridge, MA, USA

whereis.mit.edu <http://whereis.mit.edu>

act at mit.edu <mailto:act at mit.edu>

Disobedience Archive is produced in collaboration with ACT and 
NABA?Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano.

*About ACT*
The MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology operates as a critical 
studies and production based laboratory, connecting the arts with an 
advanced technological community. (visualarts.mit.edu)

*About NABA*
NABA (Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano), founded in 1980, is an 
innovative Arts and Design Academy, the largest private Academy in 
Italy, and at the same time a dynamic artistic and cultural center. 
(www.naba.it <http://www.naba.it>)

The Disobedience Archive research and exhibition project is produced in 
collaboration with the students from the ACT courses Art, Architecture 
and Urbanism in Dialogue and Introduction to Networked Cultures and 
Participatory Media:
Alex Auriema
Sofia Berinstein
Giacomo Bruno Castagnola Chaparro
Sumona Chakravarty
Joan Chen
Caleb Benjamin Harper
Ali Khalid Qureshi
Summer Stephanie Sutton
Hailong Wu

As well as with the assistance of Anna Caterina Bleuler (NABA, Milano, 
Italy), and Sung Woo Jang, Catherine McMahon, Slobodon Radoman (MIT, 
Cambridge, MA).

This exhibition would not have been possible without the help of many 
dedicated individuals and with the generous support from our sponsors.

*Many thanks to:*
The Office of the Dean at MIT SA+P
Council for the Arts at MIT
MIT's Program in Art, Culture and Technology
NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Milano
Deborah Douglas and the MIT Museum
Julian Bonder
Mel King
Juliet Stone

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