COMMODI-FICTION

COMMODI-FICTION / PARVEZ
A six-months long Live Art work; with seven Interventions spread across.

MUSEUM1, Adligenswil 
April 10 to October 2, 2021

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The Edifice
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Each Intervention/Installation/Performance, while complete in itself, also adds to evolve the overall narrative until the very end. The show has a strong focus on generating encounters and active participation possibilities for the visitors.

‘COMMODI-FICTION’ stems from the concept of ‘fictitious commodities’ that the economic historian and thinker, Karl Polanyi conceived, vis-à-vis the commodification of land, human labor and currency, in his work ‘The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time’. The artist expands upon these ideas, plays with the workings of a market-based- economy and also explores its connection with (neo)colonialism – the continuation of colonial subjugation and exploitation through economic, political, cultural, and/or other tools.

MUSEUM1 – a museum without barriers, without a roof, without security personnel to guard the treasures or ward people off the ‘art works’, without tickets and without opening or closing hours – inspired the artist. The physical presence of an Art space without any protective boundaries offered a fresh perspective on the possibilities of inclusivity and the embeddedness of art within a society. While most art and cultural spaces were forced by the Covid-19 pandemic to close their doors last year, MUSEUM1 did not do so – because there were no doors to be closed. In July 2020, the curator, Stephan Wittmer, and the artist, Parvez met at M1, and the idea for the show was born.

PROGRAM:

10. APRIL / 14 h – START 
COLONISING M1
Live Art action 
A DRINK (TO OUR HEALTH AND FUTURE) 
The artist offers a signature welcome drink to the visitors in his new found space. 
READING/S FROM CURATED TEXTS 
Participatory action, open to all. 
Texts curated by the artist as reflective material for the exhibition will be available on site. Visitors are welcome to engage with them and/or do a public reading from these. To schedule a reading contact the artist.

21. APRIL / 16 h – START 
THE EDIFICE 
An Installation to be built with help from visitors. All are welcome to join in. 
*SOUL FOOD SERVED WITH LOVE 
The artist cooks a meal for everyone in return for their help in the construction of The Edifice. 
(*Registration required – to estimate the food quantity)

5. MAY / 14 h 
A GAME OF ALPHABETS 
Live Art interaction to build further on The Edifice 
OPEN CALL#1 – ‘The Hunt’ – announcement 
A READING FROM CURATED TEXTS 
To schedule a reading contact the artist.

5. JUNE / 16 h
THE HUNT 
Performance and participatory action 
Best hunter wins a prize. Anyone can participate. 
READING/S FROM CURATED TEXTS 
To schedule a reading contact the artist.

3. JULY / 16 h 
DISRUPT THE PERFORMANCE #4 
A Performance Series, triggered by an incident at the PerformancepreisSchweiz, 2019. 
MURAL at MUSEUM1 by SadhyoNiederberger (*1962, Aarau) 
OPEN CALL#2- ‘Audition ForAn Auction’ – Announcement. 
READING/S FROM CURATED TEXTS 
To schedule a reading contact the artist.

21. AUGUST / 14 h 
AUDITION FOR AN AUCTION – Performance / Live Action / Audition 
Cash award for winners. 
READING/S FROM CURATED TEXTS 
To schedule a reading contact the artist.

28. AUGUST
KUNST-HOCH Luzern / Luzern / www.kunsthoch-luzern.ch 
An open/action day for all the art exhibition spaces/institutions in and 
around Lucerne.

2. OCTOBER / 14 h 
READING/S FROM CURATED TEXTS 
To schedule a reading contact the artist. 
THE AUCTION – Live Art action / Real Auction 
List of Works on Auction and other details to be announced in September. 
RELEASE _957 I.A.M. # 122_COMMODI-FICTION. 
GRILL ON ART BONFIRE 
A special grill to END the show.