Sunday, May 31, 2009

Yes, Yes, Something, and ‘Another Day Another World’ Something EDIT TWO




 

Yes, Yes, Something, and ‘Another Day Another World’ Something

edit one 12/04/2009

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Yes, Yes, Something, and ‘Another Day Another World’ Something

edit two 38/05/2009

 

I just threw away AUD$3300, I want to forget it.

Yes, Yes, Something, and ‘Another Day Another World’ Something is a project that seeks to examine the way relationships are developed with our personal and collective histories, and the way these histories inform and are re-interpreted in our present. I want to view archiving and our past present future as less linear and more integrated, renewable and cyclical, space where archives become part of and inform everyday life. Two new works will be researched and developed to form the structure of this project, Yes, y3s, Y3K and Another Day Another World. I will make one ongoing series of works which incorporates personal process into archiving through living. By this I mean there will be no distinction between archive and living as the works are made as a response to interpretation of past and present needs and ideas and processes into projections of how these will inform and effect the future.

 

Focusing on developing a current methodology for arts archiving working with the newly establish art-project-space Y3K in Melbourne the project Yes, y3s, Y3K will involve making video, interview, photographic and text to expand fresh attitudes for presentation and dissemination including printed matter for each exhibition and a web-site supporting video and browser feedback. These methodologies seek to look at projects and their documentation in a more intuitive way in collaboration with artists and audiences. I want to generate a space where the archiving of projects operates on an objective and subjective level, where these forms can sit side-by-side. I will be involved in research with DOCVA in Milan, the Cneai and A Constructed World in Paris and the web-blog SPEECH to investigate and aid the development of these methodologies. I will develop a new body of work through negotiated collaboration with artists participating in the gallery program over a 6 month period, this inclusive and responsive approach to practice is described by Y3K co-director Christopher L.G. Hill, where ‘within less direct collaboration…sometimes there are direct or accidental influences and sometimes the involvement is in the form of social interaction outside of the realm of art making’.  Setting up the blog Y3K and What Archive? http://y3kandwhatarchive.blogspot.com is the primary way I will be exploring a loose and excessive form of over personal and boring and exciting and stupid archiving of the gallery’s activities from meetings, iPhone interview uploads, rough ideas, e-mail conversations and a lot of everyday material associated and exposing the operation of the space.

 

 

Another Day Another World aims to expand personal history into wider global events and issues through the production of one ‘world image’ every day over a 6month period using the basic form of a map of the world. This body of work will be visually and materially loose using sculptural and other media to assemble collsections of objects and texts and develop a language of flow and daily documentation of their own logic, like sketches of the everyday based around the form of the wider world. The world map acts like a void, or just slightly more form than an image of deep space, onto which political and geographic divisions have been layered for personal and collective means. Talking about Marcel Broodthaers' Carte Du Monde Utopique, a work that is a standard political map of the world with only the title altered, Thomas McEvilley sees "… the world of political divisions become(ing) an arbitrary, artificial overlay on a material reality that lacks it."  By mapping each day it is taking a constant screen grab, instead of an eternal refresh. It is addressing the specific subjective material reality of my every day and acting like a sponge (bob). A way of recognizing the things that aren't going to slip and also what doesn't register, a reflection on my capacity or interest to want to hold onto or articulate these things on any given day. I will be in production of Another Day Another World during my research and development at Y3K gallery Melbourne, and my time with the Cneai and CareOf archive in Paris and Milan. . These maps are now going to take the form of furniture or design. I am only going to ‘do design’ for the next six months. Using transparent materials like glass and perspex to both act as vessels for display, as well as agents between high-end design aesthetics and cheap, crude everyday material I want to make work taking established production and design as its starting point. By processing archived ideas on ‘good design’ and living up to the present, I intend to re-interprit these ideas through personal production into a vigorously lived everyday circomstance. ‘cheap design’ is a core component of my methodology today. It is like cheap production but conceptually valuable, or engaging with an accessible demographic in a sincere way. I was at parallax architecture convention in Melbourne last week. Saw Slavoj Zizak speak for hours. He is lucid and powerful. I love the way he sees the world as a 'cosmic catastrophe' where everything is violent and for us to have gotten to this point catastrophe is the only explanation. There is no harmony in nature, everything is imbalance etc... Alejandro Zaera Polo from FOA was talking and he did this housing project in Carabanchel,  Madrid. The idea of cheap but conceptually sincere work.. He had this diagram of high-end luxury goods like Chanel and Dior on one end, and things like Topshop and ZARA on the other, and then one for luxury airlines and cheap airlines. Its just that you pay a premium to buy into a luxury ideology or something, but projects like the Slow And Steady Wins The Race and the FOA Madrid housing project subvert this buy allowing another ideology to be present. It seemed like there was a lot of leverage in the idea that I would prefer the $100USD SASWTR Gucci bag to the original $9,400 GUCCI one for both aesthetic and ideological reasons. This underpinning to trump idea is what I was thinking about with the Kuramata lights I was making. I am interested in flow, connection and magnetism.  Interrupting everyday flows of process and production and reclaiming the seemingly pre-determined. I want to save things, re-make things and interject embarrassingly personal elements into process which don’t allow for these, like that commercial Modernist production which doesn’t recognize simple everyday processes like eating, breathing, shiting or making mistakes.

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When Hu Fang wrote of Zheng Guogo’s exhibition My Home is Like Your Museum at Vitamin Creative in 2005, something like ‘we must accomplish the transition between art and life’ I thought fuck yeah, thank you! How can we make the distinction and still fee any relevance between the work we are making and the true issues that surround our worlds and lifestyle? The nuanced and difficult moments in human emotional understanding give themselves over in times of ease and are express themselves through living with an openness to the flows of people, subjectivity, etc… This is where I want to find the in-between space through objects and ideas to express my specific lived everyday concerns in conjunction with boarded social, political and ideological concerns. Power, connectivity, togetherness, that-which-we-share all come together as the personal is political.

 

 

I plan to use everyday materials in transformative ways. This occurs through combinations of objects which each embody particular social, political, economic ideologies coming together or developing a new relationship through arrangement. By using simple or commonly recognized materials but re-contextualizing them through applying personal process of production these materials enter new dialogues about large scale consumer manufacturing and it’s inability to accept the fucked and liberating, personal side of the human condition.

 

So it is simply making these objects with the look of some function but not knowing how they will operate in the daily sense, but putting that to practice and developing their use and their physicality and appearance as ‘worlds’ or whatever (I meant to writ ‘works’ but misspells it, spell-check changed it to worlds, it works, that what it is) through this process. I think of those collector crabs who build things on their backs from shit they find on the sea floor, or the blue birds, the ones which only collect blue objects to arrange in the nest to attract sex. It’s fresh, though.

 

 

James Duetsher

James Deutsher

Thursday, May 28, 2009

VAN MOVING DEBT


" We are the last generation to whom things really matter," the philosopher Gilles Deleuze said recently. And yes of course, without a history of a memory, how can any fact be truer than another?

Chris Kraus 'torpor' p211

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UPLANDS storage 001


Jarrod and Tara have gifted us their old storage racks they are aren't using at the new space. Really hot storage design we will reconfigure at Y3K. Crashed the hire van, cost us $3300. Fucked up, that is 1/4 of our gallery budget. But amazing racks. Building has started on gallery walls, more images of this soon.

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The new space is great. Bombastic group sculpture show up now

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UPLNNDS storage 002


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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

TOO MUCH OF EVERYTHING 001












Too Much of Everything is a group exhibition that explores a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach to practice, featuring a selection of Melbourne based and international designers and artists. 

In a world of global over production, products are no longer an extension of a certain lifestyle, but rather lifestyle has become the social extension of the product. ‘Design’ plays a complex and sometimes ambiguous role in formulating our notions of lifestyle, our relationship to consumer products, and the creation of our self-identity. 

Too much of everything brings together a selection of Melbourne based and international designers/artists whose practices all stem from different positions in relation to the role of design and lifestyle production. The exhibition explores collective and multidisciplinary protocols of production, and freely expropriates the visual language, cultural codes, and functionalities typically designated by the established categories of ‘design,’ including (but not limited to) fashion design, graphic design, product design, architecture etc, Too Much of Everything is able to interrupt (however momentarily) and critically interject its designers and artists ideas into this particular (over) flow of cultural production.  

The exhibition will be held at Y3K in Fitzroy, Melbourne. Y3K, is a new open model gallery, incorporating three multi-function spaces. It facilitates exhibitions, events, retail, offices, architectural interventions, multi-disciplinary design projects, artist dinners, film screenings and other such social networking events.

The exhibition is coordinated by ffiXXed, a collaborative fashion/art/design project based between Melbourne, Hong Kong and Berlin. Its primary focus is the production of readymade fashion products. ffiXXed was initiated by Kain Picken and Fiona Lau in 2007.

Featuring works by:

BLESS (Germany / France)

Chris L.G. Hill (Australia)

Emmeleine de Mooij, Kinga Kielczynska and Melanie Bonaj (Netherlands)

_____fabrics interseason (Austria)

ffiXXed (Australia / Hong Kong / Germany)

Heinz Peter Knes (Germany)

James Deutsher (Australia)

Matt Hinkley (Australia)

Olivia Barrett (Australia)

Pat Foster and Jen Berean (Australia)

Rob McKenzie (New York)

SIBLING (Australia)

Slow and Steady Wins the Race (USA)


OPENING SAT JULY 18 6PM Y3K GALLERY




SOME E-MAIL CORRESPONDENCE ON THE SHOW:


RE: TOO MUCH OF EVERYTHING /// y3k ///
From: jamesdeutsher@hotmail.com
To: kainpicken@hotmail.com
Subject: RE: TOO MUCH OF EVERYTHING /// y3k ///
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2009 16:37:48 +1100

hey Fi and kain!,

thanks for the images, i'm super keen on all of this.

we were thinking with regard to the shop/gallery that some of the work could be displayed in the gallery during the show. but more specifically, that after the show is down, some of the work which would suit a shop context, could move directly into the shop in a new format and we could keep it there on a consignment basis or work out something like that. something about the feed and flow from one to the other seems really god and holistic ehehehe. also we want to use the shop space in as many contexts as possible and recognizing that fluidity which exists in the types of objects and practices in TMoE seem really good.

with pat and jen, glad you like the sounding of it. essentially we were considering discussing a collaboration with someone to design the shelving, a desk and a modular display unit for the gallery office and shop. pat and jen would be great for this and also great in the show so once again it could be a nice and integrated project. chris and i would be happy to negotiate with pat and jen about materials etc... for the work.

keep us updated on the artsvic stuff, would be fucking sweetah if that came through for everyone involved.

good to have you and rob in the show.

xxx

James Deutsher  
www.evergreenterrace.info/jamesdeutsher.html 

M:+61 401 12 12 12 
E: jamesdeutsher@hotmail.com 
SKYPE ID: jamesdeutsher 

c/o WORLD FOOD 
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Melbourne 3000 
AUSTRALIA 







From: kainpicken@hotmail.com
To: jamesdeutsher@hotmail.com
Subject: TOO MUCH OF EVERYTHING /// y3k ///
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2009 15:37:27 +1100


James, 

The idea of re contextualising some of the works into a shop context as part of the show(?) is great, I totally dig it. We'll definately try to work this out. I think BLESS will be into it. Thier temporary store evolved out of a feeling that their pieces didnt work in gallery/exhibition contexts, that they were essetially consumer objects designed for a more retail space. So they started making the exhibition space into a store. The one they did in Beijing was fucking amazing as an instalation, spacial interventian and retail space. We haven't asked them to do the show yet though, as we know they are really stressed and busy as fuck in Paris at the moment doing A/W 09 showing. But should be sweet.

I also think Pat and Jen gallery fitting = great idea. I just emailed Pat about some things and mentioned this idea. From our perspective it would be a great addition to the show, I guess it depends on the budgetary limitaions and wheather they want to do that. Speaking of budgetary limitaions, I sent off Arts Vic on Monday, quite rushed. Just so you know we applyed about $5000. I had to rework you Y3K letter because i noticed the guildlines required some specific info from the venue. Hope you dont mind that I comondered your voice? Main thing we reguested is artists fee for Melbourne artists $350, $850 to cover gallery costs  (rental etc) a writers fee and a curators fee of about  $600 which fi and I split. So if it dosen't come through ok, the other expenses we pay from out own pocket as well, unless we can find a way to do otherwise. Arts vic don't contribute to anything associated with international artists etc.

I have also attched some images of works by international dudes we be thinking of, for your enjoyment and comment. I think your pretty familiar with everones elses work! PS we might add a work by me and Rob, just to keep it in the family. 

Will be in touch.

xxxKain and Fi

pps who is this lady who has so thoughtlessly taken over your applemac??






________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Kain Picken
Flat H, 10/F, BLK 43
City One, Sha Tin
N. T.  Hong Kong
+852 513 865 49
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From: jamesdeutsher@hotmail.com
To: kainpicken@hotmail.com
Subject: /// y3k ///
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2009 15:18:11 +1100

Hey dudes,

i just sent through a confirmation letter for chris and i, to be involved in the show. 
sorry i was outta touch, had an amazing weekend...

thanks for the encouraging words on the gallery. yes, i seruiously hope we can have something really fresh and not get caught in any of the traps which make everything turn boring or normal or mundane. we are trying to work on our programing at the moment. please let us know if there is anyone/thing you would wanna suggest we look at for programing, we want to cast nets and work with people we don't know. 

as i mentioned, we are looking to have 3 'spaces' in the gallery. a main gallery, an open space with a table to be used in multiple ways, to serve tea on and sit around drinking cheap chinese beer and eating chicken drumsticks, and a shop space. we are not sure how progressed teh shop will be at the time of opening, very minimal i imagine. we were thinking that because of the nature of the show, TMoE, that it would be great to see if we could arrange to have the works in the show as stock in the shop on consignment or something afterward. so like taking the show down then re-configuring it in a new way as part of the shop. i like extending that curatorial premise to you guys for the shop as well. it is a good mix and flow. maybe it is possible, maybe not, but worth brining up now so it can be discussed with those potentially involved in the exhibition, through this stage.

ok, i'v been failing at perspex molding with a heat gun all day, better get back to it......

xOx



James Deutsher  
www.evergreenterrace.info/jamesdeutsher.html 

M:+61 401 12 12 12 
E: jamesdeutsher@hotmail.com 
SKYPE ID: jamesdeutsher 

c/o WORLD FOOD 
Level 4 Mitchel House 
358 Lonsdale St. 
Melbourne 3000 
AUSTRALIA 







From: kainpicken@hotmail.com
To: jamesdeutsher@hotmail.com
Subject: /// y3k ///
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2009 13:45:53 +1100

Hey James, great! Thanks for the promptness on tha letter. 

Yes, can I say the current model for artists run space IS bullshit! Renting a space for a few hundred dollars and a couple of emails here and there is not engagement. The last thing we need is another overpriced, poorly managed ARI with no vision, just replicating the same stagnant model we've all come to loath. I think it's such a good decision to actually run your gallery and treat it like a functioning and active space for engaement, rather than a spare room. One of the good things about clubs was it felt like each of those projects actuallyoccupied that space, a benifit of promoting a real project by project program. One of the bad things about clubs is that it suffered from commitee syndrome, aka clubs bullshit. But theres certainly no lack of vision between you and Chris. And your right it is sooo important to be there in the space. Fucking Jarrod did it from Geelong for fuck sake! Everyday. Hardcore! 
And I think if you guys can manage it without state funding you will be better off, do it ya own way d.i.Y styleee. ps I say this as I'm sucking arse to Artsvic! Thats great for us as well because we were concerned that some poor bastard would be stuck sitting the space for us with no tea and no internet (memories of TCB!!! FArk that!!!) 

So we are especially excited to work with Y3K. Do you have anyother projects in mind?? 

xxxxxKP



________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Kain Picken
Flat H, 10/F, BLK 43
City One, Sha Tin
N. T.  Hong Kong
+852 513 865 49
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From: jamesdeutsher@hotmail.com
To: kainpicken@hotmail.com
Subject: RE: SOD
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2009 12:12:48 +1100

ohiu,

ha!, yehp, those dates sound pretty workable!! amazing

the galley is at 205 young st. fitzroy, try plugging that into google maps.

for the gallery, chris and i are committed to sitting the space. it is something we think is important and a conscious decision. the current artist run model is fucking bullshit and there should be a gallerist sitting a space. it is kinda tricky for us financially, as we want to operate on a flexible model, getting funding from people showing, commissions, representations or external funding in different combinations and levels for different projects. it will allow us to operate over many levels if we can pull it off. but through all that we are committed to being in the space as gallerists. if you dudes can make it to melbourne which it sounds like you might on sheer will power alone, then you better have tea with us in the space while the show is up!
but essentially, sitting the space it time chris and i are prepared to give if we can cover our costs of rent. but lets wait to see on the funding, we might be rolling in it, sippin' moet at the opening!! eheheheheh

didn't get lookbook yet, will check again today at WF.
ahhh, i see with the rugs now. fucking hot object, i kinda wanna make a porno in it, seriously.........
we do a swap on something for the rug for sure. hot!!


ok more soon, have a black sesame, cold one, with a bit of walnut paste thrown in for me, eish i need that bad. did i tell you i was pigging out on pork floss, man that shit is wild.

xx




James Deutsher  
www.evergreenterrace.info/jamesdeutsher.html 

M:+61 401 12 12 12 
E: jamesdeutsher@hotmail.com 
SKYPE ID: jamesdeutsher 

c/o WORLD FOOD 
Level 4 Mitchel House 
358 Lonsdale St. 
Melbourne 3000 
AUSTRALIA 







From: kainpicken@hotmail.com
To: jamesdeutsher@hotmail.com
Subject: RE: SOD
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2009 11:49:23 +1100

Dankeschon dudes!!!

Sorry I forgot dates. The festival is july 15 - 25 July. This in line with your plans for opening right? Totally synchronized! I think we make opening whenever we wan. If we are there, we can show sit, otherwise we have considered paying someone, (you guys??) some money to sit that shit...if we can. We are just worried that if no funding, others get stuck doing our shit, so at lease we can hand over some $$$$ or something. 

The gallery sounds like a sweet space. That url address just took me to map of Australia, so I only have a very vague idea of it's location. We would be interested in using all of your space somehow,but perhaps we can talk space more when there is a clearer idea of what works will be included. 

The money is cool, we can pay for whatever if we have to, but I'm gonna try real hard to get some money for this. We really want to come to Melbourne, so even if Artsvic no go zone, we try make other people give us money. We would also like to pay a fee to the artists because we never get paid yo. With flyers etc I'm pretty sure the festival covers all this shit. But I'll double check. 

The plugs/sockets and bubblegum chair/stool whatever sounds hot. And poster for the show? Yes please! We're into it.

Yes the lookbook is circulating. We sent  stack to you dudes at World Food Studio, you no receive?? And yes that is the price of the rug!! But it's no the same as the original, it has no text weaved into it. That was an expensive fuck up because we paid sample fee of $800 AU to get about 40 meters, enough to do a limited run of rugs, which would still be expensive BUT those fuckers only gave enough to make one rug, so with added labor costs, which is also expensive because of all the fringing, it's an expensive rug. Needles to say we never used that factory again, and they even tried to charge us another $2000HK for not making a full order of 500 meters. But maybe we just keep as archive. The collection version is just as good though and in normal (un texted) fabric MUCH cheaper. All our whole sale prices are super cheap, we cut our profit margin right down, like right down! But hopefully it's a good way to break into the market, ewwwww business talk. We will be more savvy next collection and save some money in sampling costs etc. 
Anyway one rug with sleeves for you. Consider it a gift!!

cool. I think this is a great show. Do you have any ideas for other dudes?

speak soon!
K+Fxx



________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Kain Picken
Flat H, 10/F, BLK 43
City One, Sha Tin
N. T.  Hong Kong
+852 513 865 49
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From: jamesdeutsher@hotmail.com
To: kainpicken@hotmail.com; christopherlghill@yahoo.com.au
Subject: RE: SOD
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2009 09:41:23 +1100

Fi and Kain!,

very simply, this all sound fucking sweeetah. i'm excited for the show. i like this show. i think it will be great.

-letter
i'll get a letter of confirmation/support to you in the next few hours. i'll try get up an address and letterhead etc too.

-install
i'm sure chris and i will be able to work up the install IF we have to do it the hard way (no funding, no youuuuu dudes in melbourne) thats nooooo problemo

-money
as i said, at this stage and we haven't crunched numbers the way we need to to get a totally clear picture, but to just cover rental costs (no publicity, wages for sitting, outgoings or anything else)on the gallery it is about $500 a month. it is great that you can be prepared to cover this (or somethinglike it once we crunch) form the outset with or without the funding, it makes things far less stressful for us! and if funding comes through maybe there is a little more to cover some hot flyers and free woodstocks at the opening. we (i speak for you here chris?!?! ehehe) are committed to take on all the gallery sitting and install.
the text for the arts vic grant is looking gooood.

-gallery
the space is here 
http://maps.google.com.au/maps?utm_campaign=en_AU&utm_medium=ha&utm_source=en_AU-ha-apac-au-bk-gm&utm_term=google%20maps
it is about 100m sq total, which will be broken into 3 'separate' spaces, one gallery hall of about 40m sq, an office of about 20m sq and a shop/second gallery/tea house of about 40m sq. 
there is the possibility of using the shop section for this show, which would cut the fees of the gallery hire as chris and i will be subserdising that space. also could be interesting in that more open context. it will be a verry small idea of a shop, perhaps 7-10 publications, a couple of artist editions and a few items of clothing. in a large space with an outdoor setting and an indoor garden.... so that is a possibilit and something we cand sort out as the gallery gets built and evolves spatially etc... the main gallery is about 9m by 4.5m rectangle. as you walk into the space through a brick warhorse front with double doors we will have an open area w=for table chairs etc.... a built wall running to the right of that up the space, and the galley will be on the other side of that. to the left of the table and chairs will be the shop and other space. 
what was your timing on the show???

-contributions
i wold be very up for being involved in the show. i'd be keen to do something with chris for it, something sculptureal. chris, i was think about the plugs/sockets and bubblegum chair stool your using for the uplands show in love with the fake shiro kuramata lights i'm doing for my show. i wanna work on some more of those light in various colours and we could work the two up together, with the lights plugged into our sockets, maybe extending elements of both??? it could work really well here, even as a permeant fixture in the gallery. i also like turning these solo works around into a collaborative discussion. just an idea.
i would be into using some of those posters i'v done, perhaps a new one for the show along with some of the older ones?......
lets not talk about evergreen at the moment and assume it is not possible, maybe things become possible over time.

-lookbook
was at uplands yesterday, saw yahhh look book! farking swetah, looks beautiful. thanks! oh, i got a shock at some of my email there eie ie eii, cool. the back poster is hot, i like it a lot. i wanna see these re-workings mannns.  really reasonable prices on the clothing. is that rug with the 4 arms really priced at $150 USD? was that right? i'll take one, thank you!


cool dudes,

i'll try sort out that support letter...

xx
James Deutsher  
www.evergreenterrace.info/jamesdeutsher.html 

M:+61 401 12 12 12 
E: jamesdeutsher@hotmail.com 
SKYPE ID: jamesdeutsher 

c/o WORLD FOOD 
Level 4 Mitchel House 
358 Lonsdale St. 
Melbourne 3000 
AUSTRALIA 







From: kainpicken@hotmail.com
To: jamesdeutsher@hotmail.com
CC: christopherlghill@yahoo.com.au
Subject: SOD
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2009 01:31:54 +1100

James and Chris! Duuudes!

I’m assuming neither of you went to see Propagandhi over this past weekend? No matter. We’re still stoked that you dudes are starting a space and want to work wiht us! Farkin sweeet as, for real!

But first, Chris I have to tell my music taste is so disgusting, you would appreciate it - Propagandhi, The weakerthans and the Decemberists! WTF? Ps nothing has changed in 5 years.

Ok, we are still fleshing out some of the ideas around the show ourselves because it only came up about 2 weeks ago. But the basic idea is to make a group show including a selection of Melbourne based artists and some o.s. dudes, all of whom work in an open, collaborative or multidisciplinary practice and who, in various ways reference, work in (or whatever) the broad field of 'design'. The working title is Too Much of Everything and refers a bit to this idea of expropriating visual language within a state of global overproduction of everything etc.

This is who we are planning to invite so far, but haven’t yet because we wanted to confirm a space first!

ffiXXed (Kain Picken and Fiona Lau) – Melbourne , Berlin, Hong Kong, Evergreen Terrace (James Deutsher and Olivier Barret) – Melbourne, James Deutsher  - Melbourne, Christopher L.g. Hill – Melbourne, Olivier Barret - Melbourne , Matt Hinkley  –Melbourne, Pat Foster and Jen Berean – Melbourne, BLESS – Berlin/Paris, _______Fabrics Interseason – Vienna, Heinz Peter Knes – Berlin, Emmeline de Mooj – Amsterdam

There are a couple of others like Slow and Steady Wins the Race from NY and the two that used to be the Jan family, or anyone you guys think could work? We want your input on this actually!

We do have an idea about a few key works, but also want people to include their own ideas about contributions. Most of the people will be cool to be in it, we hope, but Emeile De Mooj and Fabrics interseason we don’t know personally, but still think it should be sweet. 

There is a question of whether it’s actually possible to include an evergreen contribution? 

James and Chris - We would be interested in some collaborative work from you two, with each other and/ or works with other dudes, and solo, or whatever you want. Whatever you think will work best. But it might be cool to include things like the poster James made for Chris show etc. I think that stuff is interesting to include in this context, and Fi is especially keen on both of your dudes sculptural works so.... 

We would also want to ask Liv and Matt for some collab stuff (that poster in Y2k was really amazing!)

Oh, and we are doing a series of re workings of the reverse side of our lookbook and maybe something else, maybe. 

About the show...
The show is part of The State of Design Festival (SOD), is a little bit like Next Wave, but for designers. Maybe. Actually it’s a little more industry orientated but has an exhibitions program as well. To be honest we don’t know that much about it, we were asked because Fi won some young designer award there or something in 2006. People like Material by product or s!x are in it, and all these people we never heard of because they’re product designers or architects or something, and despite what we say we’re not designers. Anyway, the festival seems right into our idea so that's good. Their main role is just promotion and publicity, so there’s zero funding, but that also means they don’t interfere with your space or what your doing. So this is ok.  So far they have been quite good and rushed though a support letter to help with our funding application.  

About the funding...  
Because there’s no funding we want to apply to Arts Victoria for some $$$. I’m working on this right now and it has to be sent by the 1st of March. Yikes! We want to apply for funding to pay for the space, a bit of shipping and artist fee’s for Melbourne dudes only. If we don’t get any money the show will still be the same except no artists fees and we broke.  ( if chris can host a fucking self funded Biennial, we can maage.) Also. if no funding we realistically may not be able to come to Melbourne, which is bullshit! But raises the problem of setting up the show. Would you guys be able to help us do this if it comes to that??? Because we’re paying all international shipping, we’re requesting small and easy to install works and most Melbourne dudes can help hang their own shit, it’s more a matter of organisation. Let me know if this is too much to ask, because it is, and we can figure something out. Ps I want to come to Melbourne real bad, so we do what we can. 

With gallery fee, we will just pay the cost of the gallery and we can talk commissions on top of that, but I wouldn’t be holding my breath on sales.

So if all is sweet we need is a letter of conformation from your gallery. We can fudge this though, maybe if you a havea  name and address that would help. I will call Artsvic tomorrow to tell them we include only email conformation, which should be cool because we live in honkers and all. But I need asap!! if too difficult I'll fundge the whole thing and just make up whatever.

Also, where is this gallery and what does it look like?? 80sq? How big is that? fHow will it work/evolve?? Perhaps the space can be a participant in the show??I don't know

Ok, ok, If you guys want any more info or images mayvbe? let us know. 

ps. Here's an excerpt from the intensely incomplete artsvic grant

Any corrections, suggestion or whatever welcomed…

- The creative content of the work you will be presenting, including the concept and rationale

The theme of this years State of Design Festival ‘Sampling the Future’ asks participants to address questions related to how design can provide a nexus where tradition meets technology, developing multidisciplinary relationships and discourse that address local and global concerns.
The exhibition entitled Too Much of Everything responds by bringing together a selection of Melbourne based artists who in various ways, participate in collaborative, open and multidisciplinary practises, allowing them a certain freedom to move between the broader fields of art, craft and design. Alongside these works a selection of significant international contributions will be included, broadening the context of the exhibition to engage in a local as well as an international discourse. 
The title Too Much of Everything is lifted from a cover story by the Financial Times during the U.S. economic crisis of 2001.  It makes explicit the very simple, but also very complex problem of surplus-production and it’s impact on financial markets. But the impact of overproduction extends beyond the sphere of financial markets, colonising every aspect of daily life. In a world of global overproduction (over cultured, over socialised, over informed, over designed), where we are continually relegated to the role of consumer, the product is no longer an extension of a lifestyle, but rather lifestyle has become the social extension of the product. 
Each of the artists in this exhibition experiment with what new forms of visual language, communication and functionalities emerge when we take a healthy disregard for established conventions related to art or design or architecture or whatever. The works in this exhibition channel this overload of production and information, investigating more collective protocols for creative production and exploring the diverse and complex ways in which cultural producers co-opt, appropriate and expropriate various techniques and strategies more often associated with fields outside of their own. By promoting an discursive discourse, open sharing of information and a spirit of connectedness we are attempting to re inject something vital back into the act of creation. 

- The aims and objectives of the project
arrhh, that’s it so far hmmmmm. 

Ok cool speak soon, no more coffee for me.


xxKain (and Fi in sprit.)


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From: jamesdeutsher@hotmail.com
To: kainpicken@hotmail.com
Subject: RE: SPAM
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2009 02:16:32 +1100

woi woi woi,

hey brother,

been speaking with chris and looking at the gallery space.

we are gonna go ahead with it, intense and exciting.... gallery and shop about 80meters sq.
we have to fit out the space and i'm working a lot at the moment on the uplands show in late april... 
soooo timeline wise we are thinking to open with a show around latish july. 

we discussed the SOD show and are totally into working with you on it, we think it would be farkin sahweeetah!

it could potentially be the first show, what are you guys thinking with timing? 

for funding we will be working on a show by show basis. we would need to have some way of funding, or potentially funding, the space. so if you can get money from Arts Victoria including money for the space, roughly at this stage it would be around $550 that would cover us for the gallery. if this doesn't happen we can talk about a commission on sales maybe. 

if you can send through a little more fleshed out info on the show that would also be great, just about what your thinking...

what is the situation with shipping etc? would you dudes be able to come over for the show? that would be sweeeeethaaa yes! hehahe

coooooooool, sleeeep now. 
had pork floss over the weekend, mmmmm so tasty, i never knew where it was all my life, ha..... first in glutinous rice, then in fluffy pastry, that shit is hot, i want it in a spring onion pancake nexxxxxt!

any questions ideas concerns, lets speak.

chris is away till monday now, but we will be having a meeting for most of monday.

lots of love, lovers
x


James Deutsher  
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From: kainpicken@hotmail.com
To: jamesdeutsher@hotmail.com
Subject: SPAM
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2009 00:14:44 +1100

Ok brother, nuf said.
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Fuck I want to go to Japan! Maybe this year before we leave HK. I gots to eat me some o' that shit. Fi's aunty took us to a crazy Japanese kitchen here with live sushimi. She orderd  sooooooo much food! All amazing. I really enjoyed myself. 

Alright! Can I stop spamming your inbox?! I'll just briefly let you know our situation re S.O.D. (Ha!!) We have zero funding from them or anyone else, so we are keen to get something to actually pay for the show (other than our wallet) . Our best bet is Arts Victoria but that shizzle is due March 2nd. We want in though. There are 2 key things we need for this, 1 is a confirmation from the festival and the other is from the venue. We have talked to the festival and they are going to try rush a letter too us. So if you and Chris DO decide to go ahead and think we can do the show with you guys etc, let me know asap so we can bust out so confirmation shit all up in they ass. Otherwise we will just fudge it as usual and work something out, so no worries. I do think it would be farkin sweet if we could get this shit all together! We want to do a mad show and if you and Chris Hill are in, there's no questions. If you dudes want some more specific info about what we proposed for the show let me know. It's all up for grabs though, so lets keep it loose!

ps we are remaking the SBT right now. It was our factory fuck up not you! We also have 500 copies of the lookbook so will send some to world food if that shits sweetah?!

xxxx++++KP 


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Flat H, 10/F, BLK 43
City One, Sha Tin
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From: jamesdeutsher@hotmail.com
To: kainpicken@hotmail.com
Subject: RE: hey dudes!
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2009 22:07:49 +1100

xxx nah linga on that dude, no stress, no sorry!

cool cool cool, early next week is when chris and i have to seriously sit down for 2 days and commit or otherwise to this gallery... so much more will emerge then.

yesssie, soft shell crabby was involved at the wonder sushi bar as well. i was eating like 6 red bean daifuku from seven 11 a day in japan, i miss it sa bad already....... lucky the korean family mart across the road from the studio has some imitation ehehe.

pcp angeldust



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STUDIO VISIT Pat Foster & Jen Berean 001



Pat Foster and Jen Berean are involved in the opening show at Y3K, 'Too Much Of Everything' curated by fiXXed (Kain Picken and Fiona Lau). 
Their work involves two objects which provide solutions for the office and shop in the space; a working/display table and a display object for the shop to house some clothing , editions and publications. Their material is amazing, moving between thick weightless glass panels and table-tops and commercially bought furniture. Jen is on Facebook. 

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Pat & Jen 002

Pat smokes out tha window.

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Pat & Jen 003

Office table work, initial drawings. Old shaped legs with a wooden square frame and circular glass top, with a square bisecting sheet of glass to establish private office working space and an area for public display. 

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Pat & Jen 004

Shop display. A steel screen frame hinged to a bought bookshelf with the back panel replaced with glass and steel bench seating. 

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Y3K SITE VISIT Saskia Schut


Saskia is developing a hanging garden for Y3K. Saskia is a master in garden and landscape design and is looking at a movable hanging system for plants which can attach to either the internal or external window depending on the oporation of the space. We are looking at slowly intergrate other growing elements through the space over it's life.

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Y3K SITE VISIT NIGHT


Lighting the gallery with the headlamps.

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