“Living Room: UIT” Exhibition

The International Studio & Curatorial Program

poster for “Living Room: UIT” Exhibition
[Image: Danilo Correale "Reverie: On the Liberation from Work" (2017) installation view. Courtesy of the artist.]

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The International Studio & Curatorial Program presents Living Room: UIT (Use it together), a collective site-specific proposition by resident curator Amanda Abi Khalil, organized in collaboration with ISCP’s community.

This exhibition includes a television channel with videos that comment on the aesthetics of participatory approaches in social art practices. Inspired by artist Hélio Oiticica’s discussions of Eden and theorist Stephen Wright’s concept of Arte Útil, Living Room takes over an exhibition space that usually triggers modes of spectatorship. Turning ISCP’s Project Space into a room for living, a shared space—by altering its function to a space of usership, created, used and activated (together) by the people who inhabit it—transforms its capacity to frame what is displayed inside it as art.

Contributing artists include Danilo Correale, Simone Couto, Johannes Heldén, Samuel Henne, Becky Kinder, Ilaria Lupo in collaboration with Paed Conca and Surigama, Yann Pocreau, Ian Swanson and Daniel Wagener.

Wendy’s Subway, a non-profit reading room, writing space, and independent publisher located in Bushwick, Brooklyn, is contributing a selection of bookstands designed by Tyler Polich & Hannah Wilentz as well as artists’ books that grapple with being both artworks and books.

Living Room also features a television channel showing six videos of participatory art projects that took place in different contexts in Lebanon, Germany, Bahrain and the United States. Visit the exhibition webpage here for a full list of artists.

Public Programs:

February 26, 6:30-8pm: Dream Home and Heartache Panel Discussion: Phantasmagorias of the Interior, organized in collaboration with the “On Being Human” Seminars at New York University.

March 29, 6–8pm and March 30, 1–7pm (ISCP Spring Open Studios): Annabel Daou will perform her Fortune project during ISCP’s Open Studios as part of the Living Room. In this ongoing project, members of the public are invited to partake in an intimate interaction in which they present their palms and receive their fortunes transcribed onto paper for a small fee. The reading and writing is entirely silent.



from February 12, 2019 to May 17, 2019

Opening Reception on 2019-02-12 from 18:00 to 20:00

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