The collaborative project has been running since 2013 by Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė, with this iteration part of #In_formationICA, a hashtag that explores commoning and collectivity. This reading will look at an extract from Folding Beijing written by Chinese science fiction writer Hao Jingfang.
YGRG defines itself as a “sonar-social architecture of shared curiosity and synchronicity” who aim to create a “rhizomatic network of voices, suggestions and references,” and “composed not only of particles and molecules that circulate within, but prefaces, dedications, citations, appendices, illustrations, references, notes, diagrams and thoughts which travel in reverse.”
The Episode 10: Boudoir Sulk group exhibition at Basel’s Oslo10 opened February 26 and is running to March 19.
Organised by Agatha Valkyrie Ice or (aka post-gender avatar ‘Ai’) the show is the 10th episode of the Ai curatorial programme, set up for OSLO1O, that follows the “concept of MTV Cribs.” Each exhibition/IRL story is told in a different part of the Ai sci-fi house, with past projects including Episode 4: Bathroom (2015) and Episode 5: Library (2016). In addition, there is also a web residency programme that runs alongside.
Ai, a reworking of the concept ‘I’, is meant to embody a post-authorship role, providing an open-ended script and allowing multiplicity of voice in collective performance, where one can be both on the periphery and/or apart, but all attached to Ai by one of “Ai’s extremities.”
The installation brought together a range of sculptural interventions into the space, a video aswell as jewellery worn during event. Boudoir Sulk is accompanied by a text by Agatha Valkyrie Ice that reads somewhere between an affirmation and manifesto; a declaration that “Ai am positional, utopian, and without innocence. No longer structured by the polarity of public and private…”**