Exhibition: Speculative

Exhibition: June 16 – August 28
OPENING: JUNE 16
Performance Art Event: June 30
Panel Discussion: July 28
6522 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles 90028

CURATED BY:
Christopher O’Leary &
Zach Blas

SPECULATIVE features work by:
Casey Alt
Zach Blas
Jeff Cain
Micha Cardenas
Xarene Eskandar
Michael Kontopoulos
Elle Merhmand
Christopher O’Leary
Claudia Salamanca
Pinar Yoldas

CURATORIAL STATEMENT
Today, we see the world we live in as an inviable world, and yet a world poised for radical reconfiguration.

From global economic crises to pandemic panics to burgeoning forms of hatred and control to the ravaging of our earth, new borders and quarantines haunt and terrorize the world at stochastic levels of the global, nation-state, informatics, and the biological. Indeed, our world presents to us the seemingly complete commodification of life, culture, the body, earth.

Yet, we find within these very inviabilities the kernels of potential to enact and push forward new ways, worlds, and lives.

In fact, we see many up-risings emerging everywhere: from the calls to action of militant groups like The Invisible Committee to the UC student protests to the insurrections of the Middle East to the digital activisims of WikiLeaks and Anonymous.

These all point toward living and existing in the world another way.

We see the SPECULATIVE as the uniting force in our artwork that conjures forth the potential of the world we want, in political, cultural, social, sexual, technological, biological, economic, and ecological dimensions.

The SPECULATIVE is that imaginative, aesthetic work done by the artist to create new possibilities, inspire change, gesture toward a livable future, and generate new tactics and methodologies.

The SPECULATIVE asks us to use our imagination politically.

The SPECULATIVE allows us to subvert reality; practice new types of activism; work with the impossible as a political framework; rediscover the magic of our materials; question what a body and collective is capable of; locate new sexualities and perversities; reconfigure capitalism, design, and branding; create new worlds, peoples, species, and ecologies; find embodiments and other productive actions that emerge from war, apocalypses, disasters, and death; and build our dream utopias.

Exhibition and Event Description

As an exhibition The SPECULATIVE will focus on new modes of art making and new modes of presentation with a emphasis on the experiential, subversive, and tactical potentials for art in the 21st century. The projects included in this exhibition engage wildly diverse mediums from critical software, art-science, social practices, experimental video, wearable architecture, performance works and much more. The practices represented here deal with speculative notions of design, science, business, sex, gender, death, politics, environmentalism and most of all the future.

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