Olga olga.panades at gmail.com
Tue Sep 15 13:50:09 CEST 2009

DESCENT TO REVOLUTION features five international artist collectives
and collaboratives that use urban spaces and social spheres as means
of production and inspiration. During the course of the exhibition,
participating artists visit Columbus in a series of residencies to
make projects specific to the city. The work does not take place
inside the space of the gallery but in concert with community and
physical mediums outside of it.

Drawing on a range of ideas about urbanism, community, play,
collectivity, education and revolution by figures like Jean
Baudrillard, Guy Debord, Henri Lefebvre, Thomas Jefferson,
Jean-François Lyotard and others, Descent to Revolution investigates
how incremental shifts in cultural behavior are generated by continual
production of knowledge, action and conversation. Revolution then is a
slow, ever-evolving process responsive to a changing contemporary
society. Within this investigation is a look at the role of the
institution of art in realizing projects by practitioners whose
production relies on contexts outside of the gallery.

So, while part of the gallery is the information outlet for Descent to
Revolution, the remainder of it is vacant. This is a rather
conspicuous act against prime exhibition real estate. Visitors are
invited to wander around the empty site as they like with these
thoughts in mind. But, most importantly, they are invited to read
there and online about what is happening over the course of the
exhibition and wander outside to experience and contribute to works
organized in response to the city of Columbus.

As each collective takes up residency, a celebration or event will
mark the culmination of their work.

OFFICE OF COLLECTIVE PLAY is a space and program operating during the
course of Descent to Revolution. Located in a formerly vacant
storefront space in downtown Columbus, it is a site of artistic
production that presents just about anything ranging from reading
groups and artist performances to film screenings and informal talks.
Participants are encouraged to engage in revolutionary unproductive
ways with the city and community. Embracing the dynamic and the
unpredictable, the Office of Collective Play contributes to a broader
discourse on how play, festival and basic behavioral disruptions
undermine dominant capitalist, class and urban frameworks.
 It located
at 155 N. Fifth St., Columbus

Visit http://descenttorevolution.info to learn more.

Olga P Massanet

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