Dye-sublimation print on chiffon
120 x 110 cm
Installation view: soft/WALL/studs, Singapore, July 2017
“The entire social life of the metropolises works like a gigantic demoralization enterprise. Everyone within it, in every aspect of their existence, is held captive by the general organization of the commodity system. One can very well be activist in one organization or another, go out with one’s group of ‘buddies,’ but ultimately it’s everybody for themselves, each in his own skin, and there’s no reason to think it might be different. Every movement, however, every genuine encounter, every episode of revolt, every strike, every occupation, is a breach opened up in the false self evidence of that life, attesting that a shared life is possible, desirable, potentially rich and joyful. It sometimes seems that everything is conspiring to prevent us from believing this, to obliterate every trace of other forms of life — of those that died out and those about to be eradicated. The desperate ones at the helm of the ship are most afraid of having passengers less nihilistic than they are. And indeed, the entire organization of this world, that is, of our strict dependence on it, is a daily denial of every other possible form of life.”
To Our Friends, The Invisible Committee
Breach was produced for the inaugural Horizon99, a collaboratively designed serial cross-media project that attempts to think through the party beyond neoliberal castings of leisure and escape, or the taking of the political as just form and aesthetic performance. It is a melding of multifarious senses and spaces as potential and platform, with the party as both dance party and political party, as (comm)union, as a publication or broadcast originating from, situated in, but also counter to precarity, fear, and inertia. The print, acting like a curtain, is placed at the entrance way to the dance floor – a space repurposed from an artists' studio – as a literal breach, and features text from The Invisible Committee and Mark Fisher (each only readable from one direction), alongside a series of written contributions edited by the library-infoshop wares.
“The horizon beams its branded skyline, architecture accrued through accumulation. This engineered projection, the panorama, is affixed, a linear one-point perspective, trajectory shaped by policy and the hegemony of capital. Wide as it seems, it projects a narrow future we have no place in. We know this because we are sinking, sky and space fading above an amassing cloud of surveillance entities and control regimes. We seek futures, openings, other than the one foisted on us, this carceral kettling of imagination and release. Our bodies crave meeting, for more than the sonic frequencies of escapism; our minds seek coterminousity, not just through momentary intoxication. Solidarity, must be more than performed.”
Text excerpt from collaborative wares poster publication series