White Columns Online: Full House

January 14–March 4, 2017
13 Christian Weidner
13 Christian Weidner
11 Gary Preston Schmitt
11 Gary Preston Schmitt
12 Christian Weidner
12 Christian Weidner
9 Jonathan Ehrenberg
9 Jonathan Ehrenberg
10 Gary Preston Schmitt
10 Gary Preston Schmitt
7 Grant Foster
7 Grant Foster
8 Alex Ito
8 Alex Ito
6 Tatyana Gubash
6 Tatyana Gubash
5 Paul Rouphail
5 Paul Rouphail
3 Paul Rouphail
3 Paul Rouphail
4 Toru Hayashi
4 Toru Hayashi
1 Dolly Faibyshev
1 Dolly Faibyshev
2 Dustin London
2 Dustin London

This exhibition is the first in a series of online exhibitions; this exhibition was curated from White Columns' Artists Registry.

Full House is an amalgam of mangled forms, an online inventory concerned with “Thingification”. To quote feminist-informed theorist Karen Barad:

Thingification—the turning of relations into “things,” “entities,” “relata”—infects much of the way we understand the world and our relationship to it. Why do we think that the existence of relations requires relata? Does the persistent distrust of nature, materiality, and the body that pervades much of contemporary theorizing and a sizable amount of the history of Western thought feed off of this cultural proclivity? (Barad, Posthumanist Performativity: Toward an Understanding of How Matter Comes to Matter, pg. 130)

Trend forecasters correctly predicted the era of post-postmodern symbolic relata to end in 2042. That year, the Westminster Kennel Club released a new set of breed standards accounting for the seventeen new American Pit Bull Terrier-based breeds. The unanticipated difficulty of phenotype mapping in domestic dogs has led to an increase in genetic activism; protestors with signs that read “BREEDING IS RUFF, MY MUTT IS PAWFECT” and “EUGENICS IS MUTILATING OUR BEST FRIENDS” gather around kennel clubs across the continent to spurn pedigree. Pro-Mix party manifestos begin: Given that language historically configures human subjectivity in the legacy of the West, nonhuman agency emerges out of irony! Historical evidence suggests the activists are barking up the wrong tree.

Still, the Pro-Mix manifesto sounds more infatuated with jargon than concerned about pup-goodwill:
Discernment consistently renders a subject, a subject.
Any apparatus for seeing deserves scrutiny.
The apparatus of seeing has the potential to refute theoretical exclusivity if being empathic is conflated with making assumptions!
An empathy infrastructure may henceforth consider this componentry: assumptions all over the place bodies in space.

Others are not actors. Dogs are not surrogates.  To be especially concerned at the precise intersection of language and signification is to consider exchange in its symbolic processes, to do due diligence to arbitrary factors. Still, it’s not quite right. 

 – Elizaveta Shneyderman

Participating Artists Include:
Jonathan Ehrenberg
Dolly Faibyshev
Grant Foster
Tatyana Gubash
Toru Hayashi
Alex Ito
Dustin London
Paul Rouphail
Gary Preston Schmitt
Christian Weidner

For more information:  registry.whitecolumns.org

Elizaveta Shneyderman is an independent curator, artist, writer living in New York.  
 

elizavetashneyderman.com

13 Christian Weidner
11 Gary Preston Schmitt
12 Christian Weidner
9 Jonathan Ehrenberg
10 Gary Preston Schmitt
7 Grant Foster
8 Alex Ito
6 Tatyana Gubash
5 Paul Rouphail
3 Paul Rouphail
4 Toru Hayashi
1 Dolly Faibyshev
2 Dustin London
13 Christian Weidner
11 Gary Preston Schmitt
12 Christian Weidner
9 Jonathan Ehrenberg
10 Gary Preston Schmitt
7 Grant Foster
8 Alex Ito
6 Tatyana Gubash
5 Paul Rouphail
3 Paul Rouphail
4 Toru Hayashi
1 Dolly Faibyshev
2 Dustin London