Introduction to IMPERFECT CITY

Under the theme of Radical Participation, multiple living exhibitions in 2013-14 will hinge upon visitor interactivity and institutional transparency, and broaden our scope with projects that call attention to the act of curating itself as an aesthetic medium and form of social practice.

Entertaining principles of engagement with such exhibitions as imPERFECT CITY: A Real-Time Exhibition; LITTLE WHITE CUBES; DRIFT: DCCA’s Moving Museum; and CUREAT (Curate + Create), the DCCA will draw upon the visitor as artist to complete exhibitions. Supported by significant publications, discussions and related activities, this programming will push the boundaries of the DCCA beyond the local definition of contemporary art while engaging new audiences and supporting new artists.

imPERFECT CITY: A Real-Time Exhibition is a conversation-based exhibition that will evolve into a bustling, museum-scale town within the DCCA.

The show “opens” during the planning phase to reveal the DCCA’s curatorial offices, which DCCA visitors can visit while participating in the curatorial conceptualization and implementation of this exhibition. A videographer-in-residence will document the daily conversations taking place within the galleries and develop a virtual audience for the show through social media channels. Artists with backgrounds in philosophy, curating, architecture, sculpture, and new media will work in tandem with the DCCA’s preparator and installation crew to help build an ersatz city featuring walk-in living, working, and recreational spaces. Guest critics and lecturers will be invited to create programming for and provide commentary on imPERFECT CITY, which, as an exhibition, functions as an experiment in curating diverse cultural practices. The DCCA will host a plethora of weekly events including music, performance, and symposia featuring artists, curators, activists, city officials, and others.

The exhibition endeavors to create the conditions for audience engagement while acknowledging the limits of its seemingly utopian goal to achieve full visitor participation.

The visitor is invited to become a citizen of imPERFECT CITY by attending the show, interfacing with the people involved, and helping to decide the nature and future of this community.

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