Assembling a Moving Island Dani Admiss, Nora Al-Badri, Camposaz, Navine Khan Dossos, Luiza Prado, Sascha Pohflepp, Jan Nikolai Nelles, Daniel Rourke, Shift Register (Jamie Allen + Martin Howse), Chris Woebken.
Curadoria: Dani Admiss
In histories of art, science and culture, the island has
has historically been treated as a “natural” laboratory
because it has a physical barrier. A full stop. Fixed.
Isolated. Utopia. From Ibn Tufayl’s 12th century
fantasy island novel to the pristine nature and fragile
ecosystems of the Galapagos, islands have occupied a
zone on the edge of our imagination drawing fascination
for their wholeness and separation from other
landmasses. But why do we buy into the idea of the
island as closed?
Walk&Talk’s 2018 Public Art Circuit, Assembling a
Moving Island, takes the island as open rather than
closed space as its starting point. As scholars have
observed, utopias aren’t places they are methods.
Islands were not “discovered” - but continually remade
through conquest, immigration, mass media, trade,
science, and travel. Across São Miguel, six temporary,
public art commissions explore the many things that
pass through the islands borders and boundaries,
viewing the Azores as an open model, where material
things draw together immaterial concerns.
Instead of a microcosm cut off from the rest of the
world, the projects suggest that we should see the
island as an assemblage of many things, compositions,
compounds, streams, frictions, embodiments, fudged
up, made-up, aggregated, re-routed. Each artwork
focuses on what encounters are exerted on beings,
objects, ideas, and information, as they pass in and
out of island contexts and can be read as experimental
models within established systems.