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Exhibition: Primitive Accumulation

Friday May 27th-June 30th, 2011

Curated by Arne De Boever and Dan Davis

FOLD Gallery London is pleased to present a group show celebrating the first two years of http://www.PRIMITIVEACCUMULATION.com, an online collaboration between artist Dan Davis and literary critic and critical theorist Arne De Boever. Although the project initially recorded only work by its founders, it gradually began to include works by other artists as well, leading the process of accumulation to intensify until the point of its destruction. In the midst of an emergency situation that is both political and economic, Primitive Accumulation aims to stage a dialogue between artworks and texts that would empower audiences to not simply face up to the challenges of their times, but to generate works in response.

Primitive Accumulation was launched some time in the Fall of 2009 as a means to record the creative collaborations between artist Dan Davis and critic Arne De Boever, as well as a few of their friends. In the midst of an emergency situation that is both political and economic, the blog aims to stage a dialogue between images and texts that would empower viewers and readers to not simply face up to the challenges of their times, but to generate new works in response to them. Our philosophy is that crisis is not a problem, but should be embraced as the source of new aesthetic, ethical, and political possibilities. So far, the images on the site have ranged from scratchboard drawings, to pencil and India ink on paper, to digital images; the texts have addressed key questions in ethical and political thought from Ancient Greece to the present. Although initially, the blog will only record work by its founders, our aim is to include, little by little, works by other artists and writers so as to intensify the process of creative accumulation until the point of its destruction, when the blog will burst out of its frame and the virtual accumulation it has staged will take over reality. After this break has occurred, the works featured on Primitive Accumulation will be gathered for a show at a gallery in London, where a self-published book with images and texts from the site will be launched.

http://www.primitiveaccumulation.com/

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Video: Penetration

Penetration
2006, 4min 19 sec; Format 16:9; Dimensions variable, Edition of 7
Lia Chavez
London, UK
www.liachavez.com

My current video practice explores a hallucinatory, sensation-centered view of space, time and the world in which chance apparitions and ephemera are elevated to the same status as solid, pictorial objects. I am interested in non-narrative, non-rational uses of video, employing it to depict intuitive, fictional and speculative events and the molten realities which emerge from them.

The video is entitled Penetration, (2006). Filmed in London’s Piccadilly Circus, this silent video depicts the deconstruction of capitalist icons by fragmenting familiar symbols and logos and reassembling them in a chaotic, mesmerizing visual collage. http://www.vimeo.com/5109503

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Article: Global Capitalism: The Suicide Version

Global Capitalism: The Suicide Version

truthdig.com
29 March 2009
By William Pfaff

“The globalization of the international economy launched by the United States as an accidental policy of the Clinton administration has since been much lauded as benefiting (some of) the poor of the world by drawing them into the international capitalist system. This is not actually what it was designed to do.

It has proved, like the god Janus, to have two aspects. The second face now has been revealed. Economic globalization has, as its second result, impoverished (some of) the rich of the world.”

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/20090324_global_capitalism_the_suicide_version/

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