the 181 – Residenza Insensata

Milano - 03/12/2017 : 03/12/2017

Serata di fine Residenza Insensata del collettivo the 181 a cura di Cose Cosmiche.


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the 181
Considerations Relating to the Shape of Equilibrium

Senseless Project Proposal
We wish to have the time and space for dimensional deliberations that might relate to the following two passages:

“It is indeed possible that the last of the Atures people did not die out until recently

For in Maypures (a curious fact) there lives an old parrot, of which the natives maintain that no one can understand him because he is speaking the language of the Atures people”–Humboldt, Views of Nature


“At every house we passed there was one unfailing appendage-a swing, and the peasantry might be correctly described as being divided into two classes, those who were swinging and those who were waiting for a swing.” – Leitch, Journey Through Courland, etc.

At this point I can only say that various materials, equations, and recording devices could be implicated in our process. We would very much relish the opportunity to share an articulation of our week of work with an audience in Milan, however rather than attempt an anticipatory description of that composition I will fall back on an 18th century account I once read of a writing desk: “but the mechanism of this performance of art, as well as its outward ornaments, should be seen, as nothing can be more difficult to describe.”

Artist collective the 181 a short bio: as a collective the 181 is interested in creating visual and performance architectures out of the sample merging and strangely hybridized "what ifs" of information transmissions and material demonstrations. Artists, a physicist/electronic engineer/musician, a mushroom forager/rockhound, and a linotype operator—any attempts to formalize their practice they view with distress. And as far as they can tell, the 181 has been working together since 2007 when they found themselves gathered by the Pacific Ocean with a golden Q, roughly 10 yards of lavender vinyl, and the sea's reflection. Since then they have appeared and composed situations in places like the Stockholm Fringe Festival, Stockholm, Sweden; SPACE Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA; an alley in Eugene, OR; the National Centre for Contemporary Art, St Petersburg, Russia; and Galleria Artra, Milan, Italy. Brandon Boan received his BFA from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and MFA from the University of Delaware, he lives and works in Pittsburgh, PA. Abby Donovan received her BA from Swarthmore College and her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, she lives and works in Eugene, Oregon and Newark, Delaware. Tom Hughes received his BA from the University of Maine and his PhD from the University of Oregon, he lives and works in Eugene, Oregon and Newark, Delaware. Jason Rhodes received his BFA from Central Missouri University and his MFA from the University of Delaware, he lives and works in Bend, OR.

RESIDENZE INSENSATE 2017-2018 a cura di Cose Cosmiche. La Fondazione Arthur Cravan indice un programma di residenze e mette a disposizione un luogo dove sia possibile elaborare e dedicarsi a progetti considerati insensati: oltre il buon senso comune, gli standard, le norme e normalizzazioni (consapevoli o inconsapevoli) della produzione artistica e intellettuale del tempo... di questo tempo.

SENSELESS RESIDENCY 2017-2018, curated by Cose Cosmiche. The Arthur Cravan Foundation announces a residency programme and provides a place for developing and working on projects deemed to be "senseless": beyond the good common sense, standards, norms and normalizations (conscious or unconscious) of the artistic and intellectual production of the time... of this time. La Fondazione Arthur Cravan, è ispirata al performer dadaista A. Cravan ed ha l’obbiettivo di supportare, produrre e promuovere idee e progetti considerati ‘Irrealizzabili’, ‘non convenzionali’ e ‘Senza Futuro’.

The Arthur Cravan Foundation, inspired by the Dadaist performer A. Cravan, is dedicated to supporting, producing, and promoting projects and ideas deemed to be “unrealizable,” “non-conventional” and “No Future”

COSE COSMICHE è un generatore di idee, una piattaforma-catalizzatore di artisti, scienziati e ricercatori provenienti da varie discipline interessati a riflettere e confrontarsi su spazio, tempo, energia e materia. A cura di Helga Franza e Silvia Hell.

COSMIC THINGS is a platform/place/curatorial project in which artists, scientists and researchers of various fields are asked to present a reflection, a thought on space, time, energy, matter, void. Curated by di Helga Franza e Silvia Hell.