Solo exhibition, June 29 - September 15, 2019
Armory Center for the Arts, California
This is the first solo exhibition in the United States for THE WINTER OFFICE [TWO]. The show brings together various forms of participatory, collaborative, and conceptual interventions that are either newly designed or organized by the group.
This production as an essay-exhibition proposes the metaphor of a hologram as a conceptual device to help foster planning and action at various scales. Here, the hologram offers a powerful tool for thinking through art and architecture, because this simple technology (which is made by a single light source that produces a pattern of interference to create a three dimensional image) helps us organize thinking around how to best implement single ideas into collaborative action and planning. In practice, the hologram renders, diversifies, and moves an image. The exhibit proposes that ideas around the climate crises should render, diversify and move people into patterns of interference and action. In this exhibition, the relationships between artworks are proposed as models of this interference in order to help ignite new patterns of labor, new goals toward action, and dialog around previously underrepresented issues, especially those governing convergence on urgent spatial, climate, and environmental justice. In addition, and as a metaphor in this exhibition, the hologram suggests the need to diversify both action and collective work in the face of impending climate collapse.
To this end, THE WINTER OFFICE asks how to wrestle our planetary-wide challenges after climate change, how to find a way to accept that the loops around the failures of modernism are ineffective, and how to summon all critical perspectives in art, culture, science, etc. to verify the real state of the subtleties being disrupted by our warming world. Because the unintended designs of the Anthropocene have ruptured all the ideals of modernism, leaving us altogether in an non-ideal situation – therefore, we need new dialog and design of institutions to construct perhaps a direction toward holographic solutions.
The objects of the exhibit stem from a political philosophy for how to introduce and enact new rights to regeneration. Therefore, the exhibition as an essay on non-ideal or non-perfect forms of dwelling, looks at how we dwell through time and action — and what regeneration entails — in a perpetual state of change.
In conjunction with this exhibition, TWO is producing a series of podcast episodes and programs that will elaborate and focus on the urgent themes of the exhibition. “The Social Territories of a Warming World” is a series of public conversations on non-ideal theories of art, collaborative design, and spatial justice in the 21st century city, hosted and moderated by The Winter Office in collaboration with the Armory Center for the Arts and 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica.
Lastly, this exhibition project brings together for the first time a cross-institutional collaboration between the Armory Center for the Arts and 18th Street Arts Center which has been proposed and moderated by TWO. 18th Street Arts Center has graciously contributed to this collaboration by hosting the Danish group, both through a residence and by granting full use of their main gallery as the group’s studio for a period of six months — from where all the work for the Armory show has been conceptualized and produced. A related exhibition will be on view at 18th Street in August-September.