Installation view of The falling of the books... HERE
Installation view of You only fall twice HERE
The falling of the books
a city within a city, straddled in locality, and (international) curiosity, asks:
What is an institution?
Can institutions be indeterminate nowadays, or in other words perceptively ambiguous? How do institutions perform themselves, in relation to art works, artists, publics, places and questions? Can an institution learn from an artwork? Can it actually be an artwork?
The falling of the books...a subjective reading of “It’s moving from I to It”– The Library. It comprises an archive of documents, references and materials collected from the various contributors throughout the programme. Conceived as a repository of materials that inform the thinking, the vision and language of an institution, The falling of the books is structured through five sections open to other institutions to add materials and exchange content. How am I talking?one of the formulated sections explores FormContent’s use of fiction, the types of language in place for an institution and the impact of the applied narrative on the works and their distribution.
The falling of the books has been framed in dialogue with Beirut and develops out of a mixture of diverse materials (Youtube clips, books, articles etc.) alongside with works by Åbäke, Goldin+Senneby, Oliver Laric, Pilvi Takala, Harald Thys and Jos De Gruyter. The materials have been suggested by the various contributors to the programme of FormContent, Kunsthalle Lissabon and Beirut. The falling of the books… is in-progress, temporary, growing, evolving and in-use.
On view during 27 April – 30 June, 2013
“The falling of the books…” a project by FormContent in dialogue with Beirut
Saturday, 27 April 2013
19:00 - 21:00 “A call to a gathering of people to raise their glasses and bring their own drinks together in honour of art and (young) institutions”
27 - 29 April 2013
“What is an institution? The First Meeting” a 3-days closed meeting with João Mourão and Luis Silva (Kunsthalle Lissabon), Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh (CCA Derry~Londonderry), Pieternel Vermoortel, Anca Rujoiu (FormContent), Anne Barlow (Art in General), Sarah Rifky, Jens Maier-Rothe and Antonia Alampi (Beirut).
You only fall twice ...and twice is the only way to fall
CCA Derry - Londonderry curated by FormContent and Beirut
Beirut has relocated from Egypt to Northern Ireland to investigate the hijacking of an institution by an unidentified artwork. Upon her arrival, Beirut is contacted by the Real Snow White, assistant to the Finnish secret service leader Pilvi "Tiger" Takala. Beirut establishes that the mastermind behind the hijacking is FormContent, and follows the trail to Chris Sharp's island headquarters. Takala's Disney troops attack the island, while Beirut manages to distract the many faces of Oliver Laric and create a diversion, which allows her to open the hatch, letting in the Versions. A battle ensues, during which Jos de Gruyter is killed by Harald Thys, who activates the base's self-destruct system and escapes into Parallel Worlds. Beirut, Takala, and the surviving Aurélien Froment escape through the cave tunnel before it explodes, and are rescued by a gigantic Pulmo Marina. Meanwhile, Irina Botea & Nicu Ilfoveanu send a Film Postale from a haunted house, and somewhere Maki Suzuki also appears in the story but not alone or in person."
–Loosely based on a screenplay written by Roald Dahl. Any connotation to counts of presidents falling in Egypt is pure coincidence. This is fiction.
You Only Fall Twice is a story co-authored by Beirut and FormContent, read and enacted at the CCA as a sequel of The Falling of the Books..., an exhibition that took place at Beirut in Cairo from April to June, 2013. Like the prequel, it is conceived as an open investigation into an overlap of interests and acts as a host and a guest, to and for other institutions, conceptual entities and individuals to add materials and exchange content.
While the original exhibition in Cairo was structured through five library sections, You Only Fall Twice now divides the material into artworks, readings and evidence, presenting an alliance of Youtube videos, music files, documentation of lectures, books, excerpts of texts, images and artworks by Irina Botea & Nicu Ilfoveanu, Aurélien Froment, Oliver Laric, Pilvi Takala, Harald Thys and Jos De Gruyter, and Peter Waechtler. Materials have been suggested by various contributors to the programmes of FormContent, Kunsthalle Lissabon, and Beirut. Subjects convene, meetings are set, they aim for some wisdom, fieldwork at hand.