Brandon LaBelle

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Porcelain Workshop

The event is staged as a process for multiplying forms and strategies of organization – to bring together, to find association, to reformulate. Taking inspiration from current dynamics in contemporary protest, the event is an assemblage of material elements open for contact: a collection of ceramic dinner plates, tea cups, saucers and dishes are available for visitors to break. Organizing the remaining pieces on a table, visitors are further invited to write on them – statements, phrases, and titles that express forms of organization and structuring: to think through how things are brought together, and how relationships are made. At the center of the Porcelain Workshop is a playful interaction with visitors aimed at stimulating the expression of possible models of affiliation and exchange – democracy, gift giving, jailbreak...

In addition, a set of rocks are placed on shelves and labelled with a place and a year, operating as a backdrop of specific historical moments of revolution and social transformation. This is complemented by the iconic image of Edward Said throwing a stone at an Israeli watchtower in July, 2000. The image is repeated 20 times each with a new caption, locating Said in different places and times of protest.

Performed at the temporary residence of Volt Gallery at Kunstwerke
Berlin
April 26, 2011

The project is staged as a process for multiplying forms of organization, to bring out of hiding an internal double, for un-naming and for interruption. Taking inspiration from current dynamics in contemporary protest, the exhibition is an assemblage of material elements open for contact: a collection of ceramic dinner plates, tea cups, saucers and dishes are available for visitors to break. Placing the remaining pieces on tables, visitors are invited to write on them – statements, phrases, poems and titles aimed at expressing modes of (dis)organization, as a deformation of the singular and the beginning of a future contact.

Exhibited at Galeria Metropolitana, Santiago de Chile
November 24 - December 2, 2012