Monthly Archives: February 2013

“Participation and Spectacle: Where Are We Now?”

In this lecture as part of Creative Time‘s Living as Form exhibition, Claire Bishop argues that social practice should not involve ethics, but rather foster (often uncomfortable) critical thought.

Is there a middle ground between the two?

How do you think participatory art should be judged?

While putting together the show, the DCCA curatorial team looked to, among others, writings by Claire Bishop and exhibitions by Creative Time for inspiration. As such, the following reading materials are included in the Radical Reading Room for reference purposes: Participation (edited by Claire Bishop), Artificial Hells by Claire Bishop, Living as Form and The Interventionists (both Creative Time exhibition catalogs). Stop by to tell us your thoughts about these projects!

Updated Project Checklist

As the soft opening of imPERFECT CITY approaches, the curatorial team has worked hard to assemble a listing of projects. The following is a checklist that all citizens will be given when they enter the galleries, along with a map to take notes on:

1. disOrientation Desk 

Visitors will be greeted by DCCA staff members who will welcome and provide them with information on all of the sites to visit and activities to engage in while touring imPERFECT City.

2. YOU ARE HERE: imPERFECT City Orientation Map 

This Orientation Map serves as a welcoming center and brainstorming area for visitors to imagine what imPERFECT City could look like in its visual layout.


Utopian scholars Annette Giesecke and Donald Dunham appropriate a museum wall for signage reading UTOPIA ABOVE THE LAW to define the utopian space’s boundary.

4.  Peoples Park Design Workspace 

Help design Peoples Park, an effort to create a new public space in downtown Wilmington from the everyday insights and ideas of Wilmington residents. Design workshops will take place Tuesdays and Saturdays in February in Bieber Ham.

5. Museum of the Hand 

This interactive installation invites people to sit at a desk, type their name on a computer keyboard and enjoy the spectacle of a computer-controlled writing machine as it translates the typed text in cursive.

6. Civic Seats 

Loosely based upon Shaker principles of utopian design, Civic Seats, allow visitors to engage in spontaneous conversation and debate for the duration of imPERFECT City.

7. DCCA Athletic Club 

Featuring a makeshift gym, the Club invites visitors to get fit in the galleries.

8. Radical Reading Room 

Featuring ambient lighting, comfortable seating and an experimental coffee table, the Radical Reading Room is strategically located next to the Athletic Club and is designed for mental exercise.