PĿΛNΞS @ BFI
PĿΛNΞS @ BFI
When they were halfway across the room there came a great shriek from the wind, the house shook so hard that they lost their footing and sat down suddenly upon the floor.
Then a strange thing happened.
The house whirled around two or three times and rose slowly through the air. It felt as if they were going up in a balloon.
The north and south winds met where the house stood, and made it the exact centre of the cyclone. In the middle of a cyclone the air is generally still, but the great pressure of the wind on every side of the house raised it up higher and higher, until it was at the very top of the cyclone; and there it remained and was carried miles and miles away as easily as you could carry a feather.
Art has persistently prototyped lifestyles, new forms of labour and innovative infrastructures, rapidly changing the ways we live and the cities we live in. The divisions between the places we live in, work in and socially interact in are collapsing at the same time as available and affordable space in the most desirable locations worldwide is constantly shrinking. We have become increasingly nomadic, rooted in globally dispersed networks that are as diverse as they are abstract, based on temporary impact points as crystallizations of otherwise transient moments.
PĿΛNΞS explores hybrid structures that can meet the growing demand for flexibility and mobility. With this show BFI will become a test site for experimental spatial constellations and an expanded format that can adapt to a variety of situations, contexts and purposes. Throughout December, the invited network of international artists will transform BFI into an environment to live, work and exhibit in as collaborative proposal that envisions the spaces we might need to build the future we want to live in.
PĿΛNΞS is the last project to unfold at BFI's Downtown location before the area becomes the site of a massive urban development masterplan starting next year to construct the Miami World Mall. In this immediate context, the exhibition collaboratively speculates on a possible trajectory for BFI and spaces that share a similar DNA.