20 November 2014 — 30 December 2014
Noah Barker, Jason Benson, Francisco Cordero-Oceguera, Alex Mackin Dolan, David Elder, Temra Pavlovic, Michael Ray-Von, Valentina Tereshkova
Temporal structures regulate bodies and objects in the city. Entering the city means existing at a certain speed and relative to production and consumption, which govern the influx of bodies in urban spaces. Offices fill 5 days a week while the sun shines.
Place, history, and the occupation of space interact to produce what may be called city living. Social life, when site specific, generates place. A dog pees, an object is produced and exists in the background until another dog comes to sniff. The object enters the foreground of a micro history of the site, specific, perhaps only to dogs.
Generally resistance to the city and the power consolidated there has been synonymous with occupation of space in such a way that structures and systems enter the foreground: a strike, a barricade, a protest. Over time the city and the powers that shape it have become more adaptive. It has become more difficult to disrupt the foreground to expose the background. Digging up the cobblestone, even putting it to good use against a riot shield, does not necessarily reveal the beach as much as it causes something beach like in response, which is still imbued with the same powers that paved and widened the road in the first place.
Eventually the city and the body merged as sites of resistance while accelerated communication made bodies redundant objects. Just as a means of disruption was concealed in the seams of the urban fabric, the redundancy of the body purported by mass image dispersion and accelerated communication enabled a new means of spatial and temporal disruption concealed by the body in the crowd. The park on the weekend, as regulated by a temporally structured existence around work and labor, is full and thus a target for disruption of that structure. A body blown up by a bomb hidden inside a body.