Common Things project

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The Project examines the significance of synergies originating from community, cooperation and open systems. In its construction the work models collaborative networks and artistic processes behind the successes of the global creative industry with the help of a local community organized by the artists.

The collaborative model assists the artists in reinterpreting the notions of economic cooperation / national cooperation / the work of art, and contrasting it with the isolating speech patterns and practices of political discourse and social common talk. The members of the team are artists resident in Hungary, basket weavers, engineers and designers belonging to different ethnic groups. The possibility for interpenetration between a technology driven world and the handicrafts industry is a pressing issue for the group, as it is clear that the way we relate to industry and capitalist development is decisive when social cohesion and global economic success are at stake.

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The installation combines three elements (weaving, painting, projection – see the illustration attached) which together overlap, and enmesh the structure of the pavilion. A spatial illusion built from the structural model of a beehive painted on the wall and the floor initializes a web of basket-woven nests that weaves through the exhibition space. The traditional materials used to weave baskets mix with conductors, sensors and light conductors (leds, optical cables, etc.) so the structure can be programmed.

The network of woven nests (the larger ones allowing for visitors to lie in them) is also a screen for the projection, which is placed in the darker unit (on the left) of the space.

Project participants: Éva Köves, Róza El-Hassan, Andrea Sztojánovits

See the project on Common Things website