International 2009 Archives
Free as Air and Water
Cooper Union, New York (USA)
The exhibition takes Peter Cooper's belief that "Education should be Free as Air and Water" as a starting point. The exhibition addresses the spirit of the statement by recognizing the difference between then (1859) and now (2009). Today, air, water, and land are all subordinated to the logic of privatization strongly impacting the environment. As the past few decades have witnessed how global power has systematically distributed the world's ressources in unequal ways, concerns us as human rights have become increasingly tied issues involving air, water, and land.
Free as Air and Water addresses rhese questions for our contemporary moment linking a broad set of issues such as public access to ressources, political ecology, and governmentality within a group exhibition that features a diverse array of artistic operations and tactics. Featuring projects that are rigorous and poetic in its conceptual porcesses, the exhibition provides a needed intensity when one discusses the role of art in relation to ecology.
The artists : Allora & Calzadilla, AMy Balkin, Robert Bordo, The Bruce High Quality Foundation, Ross Cisneros, Amy Franceschini and Free Soil, Andrea Geyer, Hans Haacke, Paul Ramirez Jonas, Runo Lagomarsino, Andrea Polli, Marjetica Potrc, Tomas Saraceno, Simon Starling, Temporary Services, Oscar Tuazon, Lidwien Van de Ven.
Curators : Saskia Bos et Steven Lam
Exhibition 16 September -
Allora & Calzadilla, Under Discussion, 2005; Single Channel Video with Sound, 6:14
Copyright Allora & Calzadilla. Courtesy Gladstone Gallery
Behind : Hans Haacke, Sky Line, 1967. © Hans Haacke / Artists Right Society
Right : Tomas Saraceno, Iridescent Planet, 2009
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