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CALL FOR ENTRIES FOR ALTERNATIVE ART SPACE IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES
DATE OF EXHIBITION: FALL 2022/WINTER 2023
How do we integrate our rich cultural past with our increasingly immaterial cultural future? How do we meet the present moment where it is and write a new canon for cultural legacy? How can our culture be meaningfully archived? Does this have an inherent tie with value? Is the internet an immaterial space? What is to say of the value of material objects if most of our lives are online or in the digital realm? What do we need for culture to survive?
“The future is dark, which is the best thing the future can be.” — Virginia Woolf’s diaries
“More information produces not more clarity, but more confusion.” ― James Bridle, New Dark Age: Technology and the End of the Future
The French have a saying, Il faut donner du temps au temps, of which a literal translation would be “you must give time for time.” We have a romantic notion of a perpetually modifiable infinity. In a digital age that is defined by immediacy & quantity, time is increasingly scarce. The resistance of a dark age requires an equilibrium with an immersion of the digital and physical tied together.
We are seeking a response to the above in the form of a collection of functional objects that are design focused, future minded, high concept, high finish, an expression of culture, fucking beautiful, and perhaps, everlasting despite the digital era. It can be a soft power against unsustainability. It can be something sturdy and comfortable, with shared artistry and ownership. It can be ephemeral and uncomfortable, with defiance of the blockchain. It can be anything that responds to the call in the form of furniture, ceramics, housewares, photography, painting, performance, ornament, sculpture, fiber art, floral design, avatars, sound design, whatever it is, present us with a blend of the future and present.