POST-SPECULATION EXHIBIT DESIGN

POST-SPECULATION EXHIBIT DESIGN

McEwen Studio, as a founding member of the studio collective A(n) Office, collaborated with A(n) Office and HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN? on the exhibition design for Post-Speculation at P! gallery in downtown Manhattan.

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Beginning with PostSpeculation, Act I, for twelve days, the art collective HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN? occupied P! in order to launch thewayblackmachine.net (2014), an internet archive of activism around black embodi­ment inspired by The Wayback Machine. Addressing contemporary conditions such as police bru­tality, American-funded international violence, and the ways that memes and hashtags collapse and make legible such threats to personhood, the collective’s conceptual and spatial intervention uses the gallery itself as a medium that extends onto the street.

Designed by A(n) Office with McEwen Studio and HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?, Act I features multi­ple screens, projections, black walls, and void space. Through performances and architectural maquettes, multiple operations are modeled on and for the House Opera | Opera House, a found/acquired house in Detroit that places art at the center of the community and offers community members a space to create.  Animal New York published a review of Post-Speculation Act I.

A proposition rather than a statement, PostSpeculation also inaugurated Parallel Systems 2014–2015, a yearlong series of exhibitions and events at P! focused on the embedded structures of thought, belief, and action that shadow our commonly-held rational systems. 

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