M HKA and AIR Antwerpen have invited Drop City to be the eleventh guest in the LODGERS programme, occupying the 6th floor of the museum as «Drop City, Antwerp» between 5 August – 15 October 2017.
Drop City is a collaborative gallery model, working regularly between the cities of Düsseldorf, Germany and Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. Drop City approaches its structure as a flexible, reflective model – functioning in parallel to the infinite organisational structures present in the cultural landscape. By continuously developing a form that capitalises on the varied experiences of its founders: an independent curator and three artists, Drop City explores the gaps and potential plasticity between several versions of gallery structure and exhibition model with activities often gathering around the three prevalent organisational forms of artist-run collective, curatorial initiative and commercial gallery
In Antwerp, the four individuals who make up Drop City (Paul Becker, Nadia Hebson, Sam Watson, Eleanor Wright) will pursue four separate and interconnecting public programmes including presentations by new and existing collaborators and contributors.
Running concurrently to the four public programmes, a selection of artist moving image works will be played consisting of analogous or representative works by invited peers and collaborators that point to the ideas and structures to be set out in each programme.
Drop City, Antwerp
at M HKA Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerpen
Tilly Fowler, Christian Jendreiko, Eleanor Wright
A Gradual Stiffening is an ongoing research project which Eleanor Wright utilises to shape her ideas into artworks. This title references a ‘pattern’ within the philosophical and practical building manual A Pattern Language (published 1977), which suggests that flexibility within building practices should be maintained into the very last stages, analogously described as the ‘gradual stiffening’ process of weaving a basket.
Composed in the space between looking and making, A Gradual Stiffening draws together imagery and sounds that explore subjects of civic life through the lens of two buildings designed and built by the unknown Athenian structural engineer Yiannis Kontodimas: the vacant Rea Shopping Centre and an apartment building which is also his home.
Throughout 2016 Wright spent time in Athens exploring the city, the legacy of its histories and its current state of economical and political crisis. A Gradual Stiffening considers the narratives we tell about the histories of civilisations and the histories of human beings in their individual and collective identities.
Wright’s publication An Athens City Reader, published by Drop City and M HKA with newly commissioned texts by Tilly Fowler and Christian Jendreiko will be launched at M HKA on 12th October 2017
RIDDLE & LUST Action for voice, text & electronics
Performance, Thursday 5 October
at M HKA Museum of Contemporary Art
A ‘reading’ set within Wright’s adaptable installation at M HKA.
Part of The Studio for Arousing Tools four day intensive programme of talks and performances.