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.