Common Assembly II: Nottingham
Exhibition: 28 Jan 2012 – 15 Apr 2012
The centrepiece of DAAR exhibition is a life-sized section through the abandoned Palestinian Parliament in a suburb of Jerusalem – a parliament that has never been used. Construction started during the 1996 Oslo Accord when peace seemed possible and was halted in 2003 after the Second Intifada, or Palestinian uprising, marked the failure of the political process.
The project began with the discovery that – mistakenly or intentionally – the building was constructed on Israel’s unilaterally declared border within Jerusalem. The parliament is partly within Israeli territory and partly within Palestinian controlled land – a small strip, no wider than the border line, is in legal limbo.
DAAR has build the section of the abandoned Palestine Parliament that the border line crosses in three dimensions. This suspended and elongated structure will act as a forum for debate on the future of Palestine during the exhibition.
How can political participation be organised for a partially exiled and geographically dispersed people? Palestine’s complex and developing nationhood offers the opportunity to think beyond the nation state.
Common Assembly is a project by Sandi Hilal, Alessandro Petti, Eyal Weizman, Nicola Perugini with Yazeed Anani, Nishat Awan, Ghassan Bannoura, Benoit Burquel, Suzy Harris-Brandts, Runa Johannessen, Zografia Karekou, Cressida Kocienski, Lejla Odobasic, Carina Ottino, Elizabeth Paden, Sameena Sitabkhan, Amy Zion.
For the occasion of DAAR’s exhibition — A Common Assembly — this one day conference will deal with new forms of political action and association – collective protests — in the Middle East and around the world.
The term Common Assembly comes to name a radical form of political participation and collective actions that has been used, in different variations, within different contexts of revolutionary protest from Cairo’s Tahrir square to the stairs of St Paul’s cathedral.
Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Mar 2012. <http://www.decolonizing.ps/site/>.
A solo exhibition by Phillips de Pury & Company at the Saatchi Gallery in London from the London Design Festival in September to the Frieze Art Fair in October.
‘Outlines were the theme of the exhibition. Slight black lines like the traces of sketches drawn in the air made transparent surfaces and volumes appear, which we assigned practical functions. The outlines remained after simplifying paintings of plants and animals. They are condensed expressions of meaning, similar to Japanese calligraphy. The designs gently break the relationship of before and behind, and traverse at times the space between two and three dimensions. Multi-faceted and constantly morphing, they move alternately between the becoming and collapse of form. (nendo)
We do not have to fit together perfectly with the people we love. Even if you see a wide gap in some places and small holes in others, when one steps back and sees the whole community from the distance there is still great beauty and harmony there. Even if some people don’t feel at home here and now, there is a place where they belong they will eventually find it. – Sayaka Kajita Ganz
Ganz, S. K. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.sayakaganz.com/Portfolio.html
‘cube’ by seoul-based designer kim hyunjoo is a combined outdoor bench and lighting object. made out of granite, the cubic form with a cut out corner is meant for use in public parks and squares. only partially anchored into the ground, the asymmetrical design is given strength through its material which seamlessly blends into the urban environment. intended as a bench for one person, the cubes measure 400 x 400 x 450mm, making them ideal for multiple groupings that encourage interaction between multiple parties. a LED light source set into the voided corner highlights the irregularly shaped stool while providing light and way-finding to public spaces. (uun, 2011)
uun, . (2011, February 11). kim hyunjoo: cube [Web log message]. Retrieved from http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/8/view/13360/kim-hyunjoo-cube.html
This chair is a compromise between an object of everyday use and art installation. The chair that is comfortable to sit on, can be exposed as a sculpture in an inspiring space.
The legs, arms, and torso all resemble certain characteristics that cross between each other. On the other hand, you can completely change that mentality by adding a few lines that can blur the difference between the two.The combination of colours and materials makes it a product in the concept store and a piece in the art gallery. The name, aCHAIR, comes from its spiral shape, which looks like a small letter “a”. It symbolises an author’s wish to mark his first steps in a new, creative adventure of design.Ivo, designed a multiform chair that, at the same time, is noted for its simplicity of design.
aChair is the name of the object that led Otasevic towards the lights of worldwide recognition in the last Design Fair of Milan. (ADMIN, 2010)