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Additions, Subtractions: On Collectives and Collectivities
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In "Transit/Stasis: Negotiating Movement in the City", a publication accompanying the exhibition by the SFAI, 2011.
Whenever we count, we end up with additions, with something more than a singularity. And then we add additions together. We couple; we multiply. When we look at a singularity long enough, then, up close, things begin to fall away from the unit’s seemingly monadic sovereignty. Subtraction and division yield a carnival of decimals, a rebellion of fractions. Even the solitude of one is made up of one thirds and halves and quarters and other, forever other, infinities...
A Letter to Amália Jyran, Who Will be Fifty Four in 2061 CE
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The 6th Momentum Biennial, 2011
in 50 years time, in 2061, a time capsule buried on the grounds of the Alby Estate in the city of Moss, in the Østfold county of Norway, will hopefully be opened, and if and when it is opened, our insertions in the handsome aluminium box that came parcelled to us only the other day from the Momentum exhibition at the Nordic Biennial of 2011 will be made public.
Now and Elsewhere
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In e-flux journal #12, Jan-Feb 2011
It is tempting to think this dual obstinacy—to face the storm and not be blown away—as an acute reticence that is at the same time a refusal to either run away from or be carried away by the strong winds of history, of time itself.
So, What's New?
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2010
When a familiar visitor returns to the artists studio, the usual question is, “So, what’s new?” And the encounter between the unfamiliar visitor and the artist begins inevitably too within the frame of the sign for “newness”. The artist endures being the “latest discovery” of the nth excitable unfamiliar visitor.
Harun Farocki in Delhi
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2010
As a nascent collective still finding its feet and its vocation in Delhi in the early 1990s, we found ourselves buffeted by a storm of ideas and images that coursed through us. These high winds brought with them the seeds of possible and impossible films and projects into our febrile imaginations. And each thought or desire seemed at that time to be more ambitious and demanding than the ones that had preceded it.
Eccentric Orbits: The Biennale of Solar Systems
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In 'Future Exhibition: Spacial Encounters', Issue no. 2, Sweden, 2010
The Biennale of Solar Systems is an inner-galactic art event slated to take place every second light year on a hitherto unfamiliar outpost of inter-stellar, but inner galactic space.
Dictionary Entires
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Contribution to the "Atlas of Transormation", eds. Zbynek Baladrán, Vít Havránek, 2010
Demolition, Amnesia
Waiting for the Rain
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2009
What holds true for the way in which a work of art can be approached in an exhibition also holds true of the way in which the work of art itself faces the world. Not as the arbiter of truth, but as a gateway of possibilities…
Suspended Animation
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In 'Jorge Otero-Pailos: The Ethics of Dust', eds Eva Ebersberger, Daniela Zyman & Thordis Arrhenius, Dist. By Art Publishers, 2009
Thoughts recovered from the memory of first entering the ex-Alumix Factory [Restrospective annotations to the curatorial invitation by the Raqs Media Collective to Jorge Otero Pailos to realise 'The Ethics of Dust' for 'The Rest of Now' at Manifesta 7 in Bolzano/Bozen, 2008]
Public Privations
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In 'Public', Issue 39: New Communities, ed Nina Möntmann
The fifteenth century mausoleum of a dead Afghan monarch in a New Delhi public garden is perhaps the unlikeliest of private spaces. Here, along with an itinerant vendor of snacks and savories taking a breather on a hot summer afternoon and truant schoolboys, are a clutch of courting couples, a conspiracy of stolen intimacies, quiet seductions and secret trysts, ransomed from the grip of a heartless city. A collection of very private moments in very public spaces.
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