/ PARALLEL BORDERS /1 CAPITALZEOLOTISM / MONUMENTS & SHRINES TO CAPITALISM (2012)
1 CAPITALZEOLOTISM / MONUMENTS & SHRINES TO CAPITALISM (2012) is a series of projects set in Europe in 2012 questioning ideas of consumption and power, protest and awakening, pilgrimage and fracture, architecture, monument and shrine, reflecting a decay in western culture propelled by an addiction to capitalism.
Part 1, GOODBYE. EUROPE HAS LEFT YOU. (2012), proposes an artist-curatorial collaboration with 8 artists in 8 cities in Europe at the end of 2012, questioning ideas of consumption and power, protest and awakening, pilgrimage and fracture, architecture, monument and shrine reflecting a decay in western culture propelled by an addiction to capitalism.
Commencing in Athens, a collaborative journey to Reykjavik via stops in many of the most significant cultural, political, historical and financial cities of Europe was embarked upon marking a cacophonous and politically engaged fault line from South East to North West Europe.
Questioning capitalist monoliths, a series of one-day projects were created engaging with public spaces and architecture. Working with deliberately low production values in various media, these public interventions sought contrasting interactions with various elements of these cities resulting in a temporal destabilization of an urban fabric and community.
Parallel Borders is an itinerant laboratory for interdisciplinary research created as an artist / curatorial partnership between Mark Mangion and Malta Contemporary Art.
A series of year-long collaborations will be initiated in 2012, generating a discourse with a diversity of artists and practitioners from other fields invited to contribute to an explorative platform of site-specific fieldwork in various regions around the world, questioning ideas of cross-field dialogue through visual culture. An ambitious, epic global journey will be embarked upon, creating a foundation for historical study and anthropological mapping, storytelling and geo-political cultural examination against a backdrop of a deflating capitalism, environmental instability, technological revolution and ideas and disputes of borders; physical, territorial, scientific, philosophical.
This network of collaborators will be invited to collectively question and respond to specific geopolitical thematic trajectories culminating in a series of texts, films, events, photographs, sound works, drawings, collected and constructed objects, cyber spaces, performances, actions, workshops and gatherings, architectural and digital models and other. In each project the selected collaborators will re-examine the parameters, patterns and crossovers of their own individual field of research within a group dynamic and connected to place, time and culture.
Parallel Borders commences in 2012 with Monuments and Shrines to Capitalism, a collaborative pilgrimage marking a fault line across Europe from Athens to Reykjavik, reflecting upon ideas of capitalism and social and political change culminating in a series of site-specific actions in public spaces as well as a curated collection of actions, objects, films, and images. Questions of social and transcultural context will be investigated, through the collective effort and notions of community.
Future projects in this series include collaborations in post-war Iraq, Nigeria and The Amazon.