Nomads + Residents

Typically big cities are in a continuous flux, with a coming and going of people, some who settle in, and some who stay temporarily or just move through. Newcomers enter this flux and add their stories, their experience, their views , they become part of the life of the city, and make connections with others, both residents and non-residents. The city, as a space, contains these possibilities not by being a collection of buildings, nor by being an urban environment, but rather through the dynamic relationships between people, relationships which provoke an active engagement. Strangers become friends, ideas become practice, models are being transformed into action: since the connection of people is based on a certain coincidence of being in the same space, the models that are being developed, consciously or unconsciously, are random. These processes offer the possibility of surprise, of finding valuable things not specifically sought for. Samples are being collected to create a ground for new ideas: by forgetting things, in order to create space, to organize new things, to unfold this new space.

We will make connections with people who live here and with people who visit, by setting up a small, organic network of collaborators. All thus being "informers" we will create and organize public events in a variety of places, using and temporarily moving into the existing spaces in the city, in this way making visible parts of our personal histories next to a new, common "history". These existing places will be places set up by residents and by newcomers, who thus became residents, temporarily or permanently. We will invite artists, guests, curators, critics, activists, travelers and passers-by, to present insight into their practice, their ideas, histories, and drives. These choices will be inevitably at random, a coincidence, a discovery, but they will, at the same time, be closely connected with the personal practice and life of each informer.

We will make these connections partly out of our own interest, partly out of idealism. In this way we will investigate the tension between the collective and the individual interest, which may include of all kinds of ingredients: e.g. the wish to make a difference, gain attention, engage with a new environment, an interest in others and their ideas, satisfying ourcuriosity....a service, creating opportunities.

The curatorial and organizing group will consist of New York based and temporary residents. The core group, in order to set up the events and toconnect the different "guests" with "hosts" will actively inquire as to who is coming to New York and when, who would be interested in presenting his/her ideas, which spaces would be interested and available, etcetera. This will be an open core group which would welcome advice, ideas and the nthusiastic support of others. When a member of this core group leaves, he/she will find an appropriate replacement. For each event they will approach appropriate existing spaces, be they institutional art spaces or non-institutional (non-art) spaces. They will negotiate with the host-space, and organize and curate the event, obviously and preferably in close collaboration with the guests and this host-organization. The events will be partly informal and casual, and might be presentations, lectures, talks, slide-shows, small exhibitions, performances.