When Neubrückenstrasse was being rebuilt after the war, its buildings and three churches surrounding the site of the theatre were being built “historically”. A financial delay stalled the rebuilding of the theater in similar neo-classical style, and a protest by architects and planners led to a counter-proposal. Within six short weeks, the protestors collective of Deilmann, Rave, VonHausen and Ruhnau had entered and won the competition. The result was epochal; a "thunderclap" of bewildering pink and blue mosaic tiles and glass, wrapped around a fragment of ruin. In other words, it was such a special event in the city that it seemed unlikely to take place again.
The question is, how does modernism survive the continued assault of its own inventions? What is its plan for changing with time? Does it still want to grow to cover the entire Earth, or is that universality now abandoned? What is then its sense of space?
To test these questions, the artists CAMP have made a historical-materialist proposal for this location.
The Neighbour Before the House (60 mins)
A Passage Through Passages is inspired by ethnographic and archival work in five field sites. The central feature of the exhibition is a multi-screen film work by CAMP.
Shaina presents the infrastructures of CAMP and her cinema programming at ECH, Kolkata.
Artist talk @ Beginnings with CAMP
Workshop with Students of ERG/Artistic Practices and Scientific Complexity Masters/Kobe Matthys at Argos.
Beginnings is an exhibition tracing some of the conceptual and artistic origins of CAMP. At ARGOS, Brussels as part of new beginnings at ARGOS itself.
Artist talk: Shaina A at Institute for Comparative Modernity, Cornell University.
A film program at Slought, with Shaina Anand /CAMP about surveillance systems, critical documentary filmmaking, subjectivity and distribution, and a screening of Al Jaar Qabla Al Daar (60 min, 2011), followed by a discussion with filmmaker Shaina and Deborah A. Thomas.
Ishara Art Foundation
Ashok gives a part-biographical talk at the MMB, Mumbai, as part of the State of Nature series. Himalayan horticultural history, sewage-infused ice skating rinks, potato science and a series of proposals for art.