The Scalability Project: FOR INFORMATION
June 28 - July 28
155 Plymouth Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States
Artists: Lex Brown, A.K. Burns, Daria Dorosh, Mary Beth Edelson, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Felipe Meres, Gabriella Torres-Ferrer, Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, Aliza Shvarts, and Julia Weist // Curated By: Roxana Fabius and Patricia M. Hernandez, with Josephine Heston (Curatorial Assistant) // Design: Wkshps
For Information focuses on the role that narrative interventions have played at changing public perception. From Rosa Parks and the Montgomery bus boycott, through Norma McCorvey in Roe vs. Wade, to Zoë Quinn in #Gamergate, individual stories have been employed to identify and mobilize collectives. While the act of circulating these narratives shaped policy and cultural norms through the forging of alliances, these actions have also generated movements of resistance. As such, mining past experiences serves for the development of new strategies. Technological advancement has created powerful tools, but also new forms of subjugation. For Information brings together ten artists whose work addresses the social constructions in which our reality is generated. Through their practice, the artists embed themselves in dominant narrative configurations to expose dodgy cultural norms and rewrite the story. Contemporary access to technologies allows for narrative interventions to reach a wider audience, providing opportunities to respond to conditions of oppression on a larger scale. This exhibition researches these possibilities.
For Information is the first exhibit in The Scalability Project, a year-long programming initiative that considers technologies and their implications for gendered, racialized, and class violence. The Project also addresses the possibilities of scaling up feminisms, and the strategies needed in order to confront our sociopolitical landscape. The Project establishes feminism as a system of belief that has a wide spectrum of interpretations, exploring them through two exhibitions, eight public programs, and an online publication. “Scalability” is the capability of a system to handle a growing amount of work. We recognize many feminist politics are predicated on the perpetuation of dominant narratives. To explore this legacy and construct a different future, we will focus on technological tools that are presently available to make multiple feminisms scalable