Jeremy Deller constructed a functioning piece of nostalgia inside Philly’s Institute of Contemporary Art:
Between now and the end of December, all ICA staff members are taking turns serving tea in Valerie’s, which is part of the exhibition Jeremy Deller: Joy in People. Valerie’s Snack Bar is a replica of a real tea room, really called Valerie’s Snack Bar, in Manchester, England. It was in Manchester that Jeremy Deller organized a procession (called Procession) with dozens of local clubs, committees, bands, and social groups of all kinds. During the year and a half he worked on the project, he liked to hang out in the real Valerie’s so much that he built this replica and put it on a float in the parade.
Pedro Reyes is an ingenious artist, the kind we love here at the CFC. Building off his project from 2008, Palas por Pistolas (1527 guns and weapons were melted down and fashioned into shovels that were then used to plant 1527 trees), he hits us with Imagine. Apparently the Mexican government caught wind of his projects and offered him all the metal from a public destruction of weapons they were having in Juarez. He took them up on their offer and this time took to turning instruments of death and violence into instruments of…musical.
“It’s important to consider that many lives were taken with these weapons; as if a sort of exorcism was taking place the music expelled the demons they held, as well as being a requiem for lives lost.”
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A mechanical sculpture exhibition in New Orleans:
Volatilia is a pseudo-mystical exposition concerning the ephemera of escape, or, the debris that results from the efforts it takes to do so.
Volatilia is a latin word meaning:
matters of flight
of birdsrelated familiar words: volatile, volare