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AGENDA | Uqbar Foundation: “Zeno Reminder”

November 11, 2009


Cabinet Magazine sent us a note about their forthcoming events. In this context, “Zeno Reminder”, an installation by Uqbar Foundation (a collaboration between Mariana Castillo Deball and Irene Kopelman), uses the Futurist credo that machines will improve human efficiency and speed to play with the bonds and ruptures between nature and technology. Sculpture-structures inspired by Futurist artist Fortunato Depero will serve as a setting for an array of objects—including sculptures, drawings, and paintings—that pose the question: “What would the style of a creative automaton be?” Probably a “spasmodic machine,” one that feels the need to produce disorder, turning its own codes upside down. Like such a machine, our technological culture must “fail” if it is to succeed, for its very failures constitute that which it is trying to measure, harness, or predict. If the predictions of science were completely exhaustive, would nature become technology, and vice versa?


The opening will feature a screening of Castillo Deball’s video Nobody Was Tomorrow (2007). Taking the style of a children’s tale, the work consists of three characters telling their own stories: Nobody, an accelerating aging machine in Belgrade’s National Library; the huge ficus tree inside the House of Culture in Čačak, Serbia; and the archaeological remains of the Roman baths, also in Čačak. All the characters in the story are real, but the connections between them are fictional.



Still from Nobody Was Tomorrow

On Friday November 20, Reinaldo Laddaga, associate professor of romance languages at the University of Pennsylvania, will read his libretto “Summer Maneuvers.”
Date: November 13–27, 2009
Location: Cabinet, 300 Nevins Street, Brooklyn (directions here) New York
Gallery hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 12–6 pm, and by appointment (closed on November 26)
Co-presented by Performa and Cabinet. Curated by Defne Ayas.
FREE. No RSVP necessary.

Opening reception: Friday, November 13, 6–8 pm
Screening of Nobody Was Tomorrow: Friday, November 13, 7 pm

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