Per Capita

Technological Disobedience [Tactical Interior Design]

27 September - 1 October 2017

@ Never Apart [7049 Saint-Urbain]

  • Opening hours: 12:00 - 18:00
  • ERNESTO OROZA [US]

"Special Period in Times of Peace" was how the Cuban government termed the country’s crisis in 1990.

The country’s centralized economy imploded at its inner core: the home. The family became an autonomous economic unit. Workers, musicians, physicians, athletes – all had to confront the severe scarcity of resources with creativity and cooperation. Objects apparently useless were torn apart for repair, reuse, and recycling, and the technical knowledge thereby obtained was socialized among friends and neighbours. In many cases, reinvented objects were self-explanatory, and their technological process of production easily replicated.

This habit of accumulation separated the industrial object from the life cycle assigned to it by its respective industry, thus postponing the moment of its disposal, inserting it into a new timeline. This act of resistance reorganized the Cuban production phenomena, which Oroza has termed "Technological Disobedience, "inscribing it in its own time frame with its own rhythm.

"Technological Disobedience (tactical interior design)" is produced in response to this specific exhibit. A run of 1000 tabloids are used as wallpaper to designate particular spaces within the exhibition site. The rest of the newspapers are available to be taken by audience members and present texts that, in some way, expand the conceptual scope of the exhibit. 200 standard format (6 x 4) photos, from the archive "Technological Disobedience" cover the wallpaper, and two altered mono-bloc plastic chairs complete the setup.

27 September - 1 October 2017

@ Never Apart [7049 Saint-Urbain]

  • Opening hours: 12:00 - 18:00