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Computing the social
Vydavy Sindikat

September 15, 2006 - October 22, 2006

Computing the social
Vydavy Sindikat
September 15 – October 22, 2006

Curated by Sara Reisman

Computing the Social
by vydavy sindikat

September 15 – October 22, 2006
Opening reception and performance Friday September 15 at 7 pm

LMAKprojects (Williamsburg).
60 North Sixth Street
718 599 0089

Gallery hours: Saturdays and Sundays 12 – 6pm and by appointment

The Brooklyn-based group experiment vydavy sindikat – Russian for “you collective” – will be featured in an exhibition entitled Computing the Social. Documenting their long term project of Public Gatherings that were performed throughout New York City from 2004 – 2006, the installation at LMAKprojects in Williamsburg will include photography, video, and newsprint referring to the series of gatherings, with a spoken word performance to kick off the exhibition on September 15.

Computing the Social refers to the formula vydavy sindikat developed for an architectural competition called “One Land Two Systems,” which charged architects to propose an alternative master plan for the unrecognized Palestinian village of Ein Hud. One aspect of vydavy sindikat’s proposal was the series of Public Gatherings that involved assembling in public spaces for group photographs that brought together both intentional and unintentional attendees whose participation generated a network of social relations. Following each gathering, photographic portraits were distributed to those attendees who provided information on how they found out about the gatherings. vydavy sindikat has used this experiment to analyze the ways that spontaneous community and social interaction in public spaces can be formed without a predetermined political agenda.

Computing the Social is curated by Sara Reisman.
Performances took place on September 15 (opening night) and October 22.