“Fear of Property” at The Renaissance Society, Chicago

Property: something safeguarded or shared or forcefully taken, a thing obtained or dropped or ideal or enjoyed. Personal assets plays a role in nicely-staying, some philosophers have argued, but it is also been the basis for all types of exploitation, as history has shown. Possibly way, so significantly has appear to relaxation on this notion. It’s an summary strategy that shapes concrete reality in profound methods, shadowed by issues of who owns what, and why, and the friction of public and non-public pursuits. As time goes by, house also comes in many various forms: some are actual physical, other folks increasingly intangible, some deeply familiar and other individuals primary toward mysterious horizons.

“Fear of Property” develops out of ongoing discussions with artists about these strategies, numerous connected histories and rising futures, and a assortment of lived activities in involving. The exhibition also slowly builds on the instinct that property organizes not only social and economic relations, but proportions of emotional l­ife currently as very well. The works on see have their individual one of a kind contours of emotion as this sort of, even as they attract out concerns close to possession and agency, land and the properties we inhabit, caretaking, lifestyle and language, synthetic intelligence, and a lot more. And some of them may possibly trace at strategies of getting in the world that are not framed in conditions of “property” at all.

The exhibition title itself is drawn from an essay by cultural anthropologist Cameron Hu, the place he speaks to the fundamental logics of futures investing while reflecting on the work of artists Marissa Benedict, Daniel de Paula, and David Rueter. His closing insight in that essay, a “fear of home,” points to disembodied money innovations that even now ripple outward currently. In this exhibition, his strategy opens up other paths for assumed, far too, spreading out into a lot of different contexts.

at The Renaissance Society, Chicago
till November 6, 2022

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