(2015) for the common good, West den Haag
Samuel Holloway, et al. 14.03.2015 – 25.04.2015. West, Groenewegje 136, Den Haag, The Netherlands.
The etal. document evolves as expanded references on the dialectical object as sites of neutrality and engagement, transparency and opacity, art and non-art. For the common good, through real-time streaming of Google Earth. Caliphate-Earth reviews historical caliphate sites – defined as the political-religious state comprising the Muslim community and the lands and peoples under its dominion in the centuries following the death (632 ce) of the Prophet Muhammad. The empire of the Caliphate grew rapidly during its first two centuries to include most of Southwest Asia, North Africa, and Spain.
The non-site as terra nullius (land belonging to no-one) are marked out through models and drawings of actual and envisaged sites reflecting models of community that seek to improve-upon current social conditions and create communal prototypes that aim to minimize the destructive impact on the earth.
upright piano West, collaboration with New Zealand composer Samuel Holloway performed on a customized upright piano. Link to the upright piano West iteration by Andrea Vasi.
Link to the informal discussion at West den Haag on ‘what is the common good?
In the current light of radical ideology and privatization, the already urgent question of common good requires further attention and discussion as such we invite you for an informal meeting on ‘What is the Common Good?’ Accompanying et al.’s installation ‘for the common good’, join us to investigate the conceptual and practical contours of ‘the common good’: what is common, what is good, and what are the challenges, opportunities, advantages, and caveats of defining a common good?
Attentive to et al.’s artistic strategies and socio-political sensibilities, speakers from a wide range of professions and priorities will share their perspectives on the question of the common good and invite the audience to tease apart assumptions and talk through current and future claims and visions for the common good. Enabled by et al.’s redactive approach, let’s ponder the blackened omissions and imagine strategies for living and acting together in the 21st century.
Contributors: Jason File -artist, lecturer, war crimes prosecutor / Els Leclercq – urban designer / Enzo Rossi co-edits the European Journal of Political Theory / Urok Shirhan – arttist & research resident Jan van Eyck Academy / Stephanie Brancaforte – Global Campaign Leader for Climate and Energy, Greenpeace International. Moderator: Cissie Fu is assistant professor of Political Theory at the Institute for Philosophy of Leiden University, co-founder of Political Art Initiative. What is The Common Good? is a collaboration of Political Arts Initiative and West Den Haag.
Link to the Political Art Initiative: politicalarts.org