CIU:CAPITALIST METABOLISM UTRECHT TOUR
31.10 - 3.11.2013
"The Capitalist Metabolism Tour is a unique chance to move beyond a passive interpretation of our surroundings to one of mindful observation. A chance to make ourselves aware of the (drastic) differences between the partite conduits of a city that together forms the heart of the Dutch economy."
Capitalist Intelligence Unit (CIU): Utrecht Metabolism is a research into data.
CIU as an operation is exactly what cookies do on Internet. They stereotype you, put labels on you, and thus make your data set more and more accurate.
Accurate data sets are worth money.
But as with capitalist systems online, you also leave traces in real time. In the shop where you do buy your groceries, in the street where somebody saw you, in the neighborhood you are living, even by reading the books you read.
For the headquarters of CIU, we determined four archetypical Utrecht inhabitants. The Mentality model of Motivaction helped us determine which ones.
We gave them different names : Timothy (an expat ICT manager), Sandra (co-owner of an organic bakery), Bertus (director of a recycling company) and Nouchra (parttime cleaning lady) and did quite some internet research to find befitting neighbourhoods and print the out as a cartographic basis to our research.
We collected beforehand some hard data: financial matters mostly and we all (Expodium and the visitors) moved over (on BIKES) to each neighborhood to collect soft data: what do the streets look like? do people close their curtains? Whatever strikes them.
Back in the headquarters we invited the participants to place the collections of soft data on the map.
Our aim was to stimulate the visitor’s thinking on what is their role in the metabolic system, capitalism, even capitalism at local city level, is.
We offered no conclusions. But we did offer real numbers, real statistics, and an extensive participatory research in the streets of Utrecht.
Click here for the visual documentation of the project.
Click here for the review of the project by Kimberly Waldbillig
The Utrecht Metabolism Tours were realized for IMPAKT 2013: Capitalism Catch-22 upon invitation by Monnik
MONUMENT UNREALIZED: September - December 2013 | KUVATAIDEAKATEMIA, HELSINKI
Expodium (Bart Witte & Nikos Doulos) is organizing 2, one-week, workshops for the Sculpture and Time & Space department of the Helsinki University of the Arts, working towards a series of unrealized proposals for a monument in the city.
The goal of the workshop is to highlight artistic doing not only as a matter of form and materiality, but also as a concept driven process followed by contextualization and research in the city itself.
The first part of the workshop took place from the 19th till the 22nd September.
OUT NOW! Expodium's locatie:KANALENEILAND publication
The new Expodium publication is a ‘container' that treats the history of the locatie:KANALENEILAND project as a significant time zone within the history of Kanaleneiland – a timeline of events that correlate and feed each other. Kapitaal (Timo Demollin) designed a 'ZIP-ON/OFF TIME CAPSULE' that encloses four artists books produced during the 2011-2012 period of the program. Furthermore, it contains an essay by cultural geographer Martin Zebracki on the differences of the public's socio-spatial embodiment of public art and the symbolics opposed by the art world itself, visual documentation of the two-year trajectory and a series of informative and reflective reports on the state of Kanaleneiland and Expodium's practice in the area.
Design: Timo Demollin (Kapitaal)
Workshop Mika Hannula
Mika Hannula en Joshua Thies
Moderator Friso Wiersum
Lezing Fulya Erdenci
Lezing Rene Boomkens