Resonance and Repetition
November 9-December 22, 2012
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 8, 2012, 6-8pm
At EFA Project Space, 323 West 39 St, 2nd Floor
With: Hector Arce-Espasas, Ion Arregui, Bestué-Vives, Sara Deraedt, Aleksandra Domanović, Steffani Jemison, Katja Mater, Pedro Neves Marques, Julia Spínola
Curated by Rivet
EFA Project Space is pleased to present Resonance and Repetition, a group exhibition featuring work by 10 artists organized by curatorial office Rivet. Resonance and Repetition carries forward the office's ongoing research into object-oriented philosophy and its potential connections with contemporary art practice. This is the second iteration of a research and exhibition project related to the notion of resonance. Simultaneous to Resonance and Repetition, Rivet organizes a parallel exhibition and program, Resonance, at the Goethe-Institut New York's Wyoming Building in the East Village (October 26 - December 16, 2012).
Starting with the basic terms. Resonance is the capacity of a system to be perturbed -- much like a glass of milk when exposed to salt. It speaks to how entities (whether humans beings, things, social systems or ideas) act upon each other according to local conditions. Repetition, on the other hand, allows us to think about an entity's stability over time -- either through a focus on affinities, resemblances or even disappearances. When put together, resonance and repetition present a strange case for an object's autonomy while simultaneously being open to affect, and be affected by, its environment. By joining these two terms, this exhibition prioritizes dynamic networks of assemblages and analyzes contemporary life as a set of changing conditions. Instead of looking at how humans represent things, Resonance and Repetition considers things and the varying roles they may play in specific moments.
Overall, Resonance and Repetition proposes four different, yet intersecting approaches. The works by Steffani Jemison and Katja Mater highlight a single object's complexity in a singular environment by pointing to the limitations or struggles of human perception. Hector Arce-Espasas, Ion Arregui, Pedro Neves Marques and Aleksandra Domanović use repetition of a similar, sometimes even clichéd theme not only to point to commodification and ideology, but also to the limitations of such structures in understanding particular things. Julia Spínola and Sara Deraedt de-contextualize apparently simple objects to suggest, through looping or accumulation, the possibility of alternate interactions with the environment. Bestué-Vives's video performatively introduces the human body and camouflage as a way to invert common understandings of causality, agency and permanence.
Tuesday, November 20, 6:30pm
What happens when a Patek Philippe watch lingers between owners? Entering into these moments of suspension prompting questions about time, duration, and the life of objects, Pedro Neves Marques's text "The Anonymous Life of Patek Philippe," published earlier this year, tries out different scenarios.
Tuesday, November 27, 6:30 pm
The Vera List Center for Art & Politics at The New School
Alvin Johnson-J.M. Kaplan Hall
66 West 12th Street, room 918, New York, NY
Curatorial duo Rivet (Sarah Demeuse and Manuela Moscoso) considers resonance, a notion they take from philosopher Levi Bryant's The Democracy of Objects, as a perspective on, and potential way of, interacting with the world. Informed by their current exhibitions, Resonance at the Goethe-Institut New York andResonance and Repetition on view at EFA Project Space, as well as by ongoing discussions with collaborators and artists, their talk highlights artistic projects and so touches upon current models of resistance, activism, or withdrawal.
Wednesday, December 12, 6:30pm
A repetition-inspired gallery walk-through with the curators and the exhibition's NYC-based artists.
Rivet was founded in 2010 by Sarah Demeuse and Manuela Moscoso. The office focuses on long-term collaborations with artists and research that takes shape in different formats, from conversations, small circle reading groups, writing and workshops, to exhibitions. Sarah also translates and edits and is currently part of the 9th Mercosur Biennial Porto Alegre curatorial team. Manuela is co-director of Capacete, an international residency and research program located in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil.
This exhibition has been made possible with the generous support of Mondriaan Fund, Amsterdam and Spain Culture New York-Consulate General of Spain: member of the network Spain Arts & Culture.
Wednesday - Saturday, 12-6pm
Week of Thanksgiving holiday--the gallery will be open Wednesday, Nov. 21 and Saturday, Nov. 24, 12-6pm; The gallery will be closed Thursday, Nov. 22 and Friday, Nov. 23