Multiplicity was an international survey of artworks sharing an interest in the politics and poetic potential of contemporary urban environments and exposing the irresistible pull of the similarities—intercultural meeting points, common problems, goals and dreams—around which people converge. The project was presented in New York as a series of four consecutive exhibitions hosted by NURTUREart, Mixed Greens, INVISIBLE-EXPORTS and Union Docs in the Summer of 2014.
New York TImes *Starred listing/review LINK
Motherboard article/interview with Extrapolation Factory by Nadja Sayej
NYMM NURTUREart (Part1) exhibition review by Emma Laramie
Art F City: Recommended Shows by Corinna Kirsch
City as subject/matter: Belfast, Hong Kong, New Delhi, New York, Tel Aviv, Tirana and beyond
Artists: Nadim Abbas, Erik Benson, BroLab, CPak Studio, Endri Dani, John Duncan, Yael Efrati, The Extrapolation Factory with PS 147, Vibha Galhotra, Darren Goins, Michael Hanna, Meg Kelly, Nicholas Keogh, Alban Muja and Yll Citaku, Aisling O’Beirn, Jan Pfeiffer, Sascha Pohflepp, Gigi Scaria, Irgin Sena, Alice Schivardi, Seher Shah, Todd Shalom (Elastic City), Sasa Tkacenko and Amir Yatziv.
Curated by Marco Antonini in collaboration with: Catalyst Arts, Hila Cohen-Schneiderman, Khoj International Artists’ Association, Eriola Pira and Magdalen Wong.
Calendar of exhibitions and events:
Part 1: NURTUREart. 56 Bogart St., Brooklyn (Bushwick.) From July 11 to August 25.
Opening Reception: July 11. Please consult http://www.nurtureart.org for gallery hours.
Part 2: Mixed Greens. 531 West 26th St., Manhattan (Chelsea.) From July 24 to August 29.
Opening Reception: July 24. Please consult http://www.mixedgreens.com for gallery hours.
Part 3: INVISIBLE-EXPORTS. 89 Eldridge St., Manhattan (Lower East Side.) From August 1 to August 27.
Opening Reception: August 1. Please consult http://www.invisible-exports.com for gallery hours.
Part 4: UnionDocs. 322 Union Ave., Brooklyn (Williamsburg.)
Video Screening with works by: CPak Studio, Nicholas Keogh, Alban Muja and Yll Citaku, Alice Schivardi, Sasa Tkacenko, Amir Yatziv.
Screening: August 9, 7:30pm. Please consult http://www.uniondocs.org for info and updates.
Cities unite by bringing people together; sometimes they divide for exactly the same reason. They are both abstract ideas and physical places, strategically sited to coincide with natural resources or created to materialize pure theory. A city is a place for individualism and exchange, solitude and communal living. Its name can engender ideals, both successful and failed, rising to represent something beyond its own history and present/future tensions and aspirations, a total larger than the sum of its parts.
Cities contain multitudes that, as powerful and creative collective entities, give life to the multiplicity that we have identified as the core value of every urban community. This force induces daily struggles and concerns, dreams as solid as concrete pillars, yet as soft as grey matter: resources as infinite and unresolved as the human mind. Such resources can be either investigated and addressed as a whole or broken down into independent ideas and images, personal concerns and local struggles that, although unique, will necessarily inform each other, presenting macroscopic similarities.
Cities are structured around largely internalized foundational ideals, inviting (or inciting) contrasting notions of what sharing, protection, tolerance, competition, access, visibility, circulation, expansion, convenience, exchange, service, profit and productivity actually mean. These possible readings add up to a global urban vocabulary straddling geographical and political boundaries. In this sense, Multiplicity strives to present images and ideas as different and distinct as the urban contexts that originally inspired them, embodying the internal contradictions and boundless potential of small and large, young and old, meticulously planned and chaotically sprawling cities worldwide.
Funding for Multiplicity has been provided in part by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, British Council, Czech Center New York, and Mixed Greens. PR support by Artis, Czech Center New York, Invisible Exports, Mixed Greens, and Union Docs. Refreshments provided by Lagunitas.
A video interview on the whole project, produced and edited by Mixed Greens: