Press Release, september 2018
The temporary public artwork Nomadic Platform for Eco-Economic Futures is an installation and research platform created by artist Scott William Raby in conjunction with Aalborg Bæredygtighedsfestival and in association with Kunsthal NORD.
This installation is the first iteration of the experimental platform, which intends to create dialogues through pedagogical and discursive interactions to speculate about socio-political, imaginative, and utopian strategies in relationship to pressing interconnected ecological and economic crises. The installation itself features a collection of untitled multi-media works, texts, graphics, social furniture, talks, and the performative presence of the artist present at the installation each day – available for communication. The project seeks to go beyond synthesizing the terminology around economic and ecological interconnectedness (Capitalocene, from Anthropocene, etc.) toward collectively exploring, dialoguing, and researching possibile futures.
Through artistic practice aimed at public engagement and collaboration the interrogation of these macro issues will be on display, as well as the capability, relevance, and role artistic practice has to play in shaping ideas, visions, and policies in the face of increasing eco-economic calamities.
Scott William Raby (b. 1984, US) is an artist, researcher, and writer who currently lives in Aalborg (DK). Consistent themes of his art practice examine socio-economic and geopolitical forces that shape society and its position in relation to culture, capital, and power.
His work often examines, appropriates, and repurposes the architectures, infrastructures, and ecologies of the (art)world as sites of production in-and-of themselves. This approach is interdisciplinary, but mostly exists as discursive events, pedagogical performances, writings, readings, and social installations that meander between the intersections of art, architecture, and public spaces.
Raby received an MFA from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles in 2012 and began a PhD in art at Goldsmiths University of London in 2015. He has performed, presented research, or exhibited in a variety of international contexts and institutions including I:projects space – Beijing (CN), c4projects – Copenhagen (DK), MAAT (Museum for Art, Architecture, and Technology) – Lisbon (PT), M_HKA (Museum of Contemporary Art) – Antwerp (BE), ARoS – Aarhus (DK), KÜNSTLERHAUS BÜCHSENHAUSEN – Innsbruck (AT), TAAK – Amsterdam (NL), The University of Brighton, Brighton (UK), and Goldsmiths, University of London – London (UK), among many others.
The project is generously supported by Aalborg Kommune, Kunsthal NORD, and KulturKANten.
Closing Event*: Friday, September 14th, 4 - 6 pm.
Exhibition period: September 8th - September 14th 2018.
Opening hours: Every day between 10 - 4 pm.
*Improvised discussion w/artist Pedro Moraes (BR/IT) about his eco-economic project “The Central Bank of the Sun”. This event will start as a conversation between the artists, but will then open up to a public dialogue moderated by the artists. (Discussion in English)