Event: Opening Reception for Resonance and Repetition

  • EFA Project Space 2nd Floor 323 W 39th St New York, NY, 10018 United States

November 9 - December 22, 2012

Curated by: Rivet

Artists: Hector Arce-Espasas, Ion Arregui, Bestué-Vives, Sara Deraedt, Aleksandra Domanović, Steffani Jemison, Katja Mater, Pedro Neves Marques, Julia Spínola

EFA Project Space is pleased to present Resonance and Repetition, a group exhibition featuring work by 10 artists organized by curatorial office RivetResonance and Repetition carries forward the office's ongoing research into object-oriented philosophy and its potential connections with contemporary art practice. This is the second iteration of a research and exhibition project related to the notion of resonance. Simultaneous to Resonance and Repetition, Rivet organizes a parallel exhibition and program, Resonance, at the Goethe-Institut New York's Wyoming Building in the East Village (October 26 - December 16, 2012). 

Starting with the basic terms. Resonance is the capacity of a system to be perturbed -- much like a glass of milk when exposed to salt. It speaks to how entities (whether humans beings, things, social systems or ideas) act upon each other according to local conditions. Repetition, on the other hand, allows us to think about an entity's stability over time -- either through a focus on affinities, resemblances or even disappearances. When put together, resonance and repetition present a strange case for an object's autonomy while simultaneously being open to affect, and be affected by, its environment. By joining these two terms, this exhibition prioritizes dynamic networks of assemblages and analyzes contemporary life as a set of changing conditions. Instead of looking at how humans represent things, Resonance and Repetition considers things and the varying roles they may play in specific moments.