White Columns Online: Full HouseJanuary 14–March 4, 2017
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:
Gary Preston Schmitt
For more information: registry.whitecolumns.org
Elizaveta Shneyderman is an independent curator, artist, writer living in New York.