|* Space/Place edition:
During Moderato, BRUD (channeled through Benevolent Dictator Aditya Mandayam) and Paul Elliman (organiser of De Fluyt en de Hoi) met for the first time. An informal joining akin to a shared presence between Radio JUJU and De Fluyt en de Hoi was agreed upon.
During the conversation between Mandayam and Elliman BRUD suggested calling this mind-meld The Show and the Show, a reference to China Mieville’s The City and the City; two temporal events sharing the same space at the same time.
BRUD (channeled by Aditya Mandayam):
The City and the City is set in two separate cities that occupy the same space simultaneously. A geographical space that citizens of each city are legally enforced to perceive as two different places. This separation is emphasised by the style of clothing, architecture, gait, and the way denizens of each city generally carry themselves. Residents of the cities are taught from childhood to recognise things belonging to the other city without actually seeing them, at the same time the entire population of one city must dutifully “unsee” every detail of the other – even if they are an inch away. Perhaps we could join forces as The Show and the Show.
I’ve never liked the word Show unless there’s a punk band playing. That’s a show. I believe I’m still loosely part of a group called ‘artists who don’t do shows’. We were never dogmatic about it but just wanted to register as equally valid the idea that artists don’t all want to do shows. What about a name that doesn’t follow Melville’s title so closely? Considering other possible options I thought (as I too often do) of Sun Ra’s Space is the Place. Don’t each of those terms more successfully address the kinds of ground we are attempting to bring together? The spaceness or space exploring nature of JUJU and the placeness (or place exploring nature) of the De Fluyt en de Hoi? Or is something like The Place and The Space (or the space and the place, or even the space in the place etc)… too Sun Ra-centric? They say Sun Ra never played in Charlois, Rotterdam, but it may not be true…
BRUD (Aditya Mandayam):
Paul, we hear you regarding artists who don’t do shows. BRUD itself is an attempt at moving away from the “solo” / “group” / “retrospective” gestalts that contemporary art has ossified into, and more towards a nebulousness, an atmosphere. BRUD is globular, in the cosmological sense. Our choice of the word “show” was deliberate—of sheen and gloss, and of glossing over—so common in art—a gloss is twisted unseeing after all. I’m happy to reword our mutual mind-meld. A couple of days ago we were in a meeting for Brud’s upcoming satellite launch—we’re calling it the Ilinx, after Roger Caillois—and we were told it was “Cosmonautics Day”. We had no idea, right while I was speaking of placing white cubesats in space. It was serendipitous, and serendipity is what brought us to Rib (literally, “serendip” being Sanskrit for “Golden Island”, or “Sri Lanka”).
I am a bit puzzled with BRUD’s references to Caillois and Mieville, both authors that Paul mentioned to me last year, before meeting BRUD. Is this a coincidence? Or is it an artificial serendipity intelligence at work? Space/Place is very good.