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.
Beginning with Post–Speculation, 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, Post–Speculation 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.