Generosity is the New Political

Bik Van Der Pol, Libia Castro and Olafur Olafsson, Celine Condorelli, FREEE, Luca Frei, Tellervo and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Katerina Seda

'Generosity is the new political' explores the complex and ambiguous concept of generosity. Rooted within a system that merits symbolic value over market worth, acts of generosity contradict the accepted notion of production and exchange. The exhibition features the work of eight international artists. Five of the works are new commissions, created during research periods at Wysing Arts Centre during 2009. Our aim is that through the works presented, the exhibition will demonstrate both the positive and caring aspects of generosity but at the same time, reveal its ambiguity.

For their new commission, Revolution Road: Rename the Streets!, FREEE spent a day in Cambridge performing a ceremony to rename some of the city’s favourite streets after leading radical thinkers of the 18th century, while Christodoulos Panayiotou's new work Tomorrow is Today is a conversation on the pedagogic legacy of socially engaged theatre with the practices of contemporary socially engaged art, which will be re-enacted in a special public event on Sunday 1 November at 5pm at Wysing.

Tellervo and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen’s darkly humorous work depicts the possibility for thinking about survival strategies and revenge imagined by workers in an office, a flat, a restaurant kitchen and a factory, and Celine Conderelli has used the “Rights of Common” to create a ‘common room’ which includes a wood-buring stove (pictured, photo: Celine Condorelli) that will heat the gallery during the autumn, by burning wood gathered from local Commons.
Generosity is the New Political

Event Title: Generosity is the New Political
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