CHAPTER II: 04.04. - 15.06.18
Welcome to the second part of LUXURY, where Kulturfolger deals with Space - Vector - Density.
Three new concepts, seemingly unrelated, yet intimately connected, condensing into Luxury. Vectors as tools and transmitters, conjure up space with dense flavours—a limitless space of fluctuating densities. Still, we must be cautious; as the vectors of the contemporary don’t only operate on a mathematical plane, they are also coming from myths, narratives, and stories.
For start, let's ask: What would it mean for a space to have a vector? Can a space have density? Is there density in a vector? What is a mythical vector? How would this space look like when it would potentially have any combination of properties?
Space is extent or an area; a room to do something, but also a period of time, a distance, an interval... a space of love and ideas. If we ask what is the world in terms of its spatial elements, we get answers of proximity distance, of homogeneous space, of grid structures, where the path is given and unproblematic. Space is seen as a measure and transport that forms the basis of Euclidean geometry. In it, everything can be coordinated, calibrated and quantified without complication or confusion.
This might have worked for some years, centuries even, and this local-bound thinking of space leaves something to be desired. Space no longer exists independently, singularly, isolated or alone... it is multiple, pervasive: is a result of interaction and bodies relating one to another.
Now, let's do an exercise in imagining.
How do we connect space and density, with a vector?
A space is a place, a place is an office, a place or function with divine service, a function is seeking for an affair, what one has to do; an affair is all about intimacy, intimacy brings closeness, closeness becomes tightness, and tightness forms density.
In order to reach luxury, we need to envision multidimensional space without any borders, with a multidimensional vector to lead the way.
Imagine density as a cloud. Clouds hover between sky and earth, between chaos and order, they are ephemeral in nature, difficult, impossible to classify. They are unstructured, are endlessly moving and shifting, and always ask for a different point of view. A cloud is a luxury itself, a space of possibility made up of fluctuating points, dots, and particles- random and fortuitous, continuous and changing, never captured in a single reality. A cloud creates and atmosphere, is an atmosphere, and is also a part of another atmosphere. A cloud is a sumptuous surrounding, a cohabitating.
Clouds are inhabited by angels, by messengers, and by Hermes, mortal and divine, shuffling souls into the afterlife. As vectors, they transmit, and they are carriers, conveyers of meaning and information.
And for us to freely float, the rule is the same; we must learn how to become witty tricksters, just like Hermes himself.
Yes, our universe is cloud-like and adequately, our perception of it needs to change. Clouds dissolve into crystals and water-drops. A new dot-like universe is emerging, a jumble of atoms and bits, particles and gaps.
We slowly develop new ways of floating through a heavy ghost-like atmosphere with unexpected and emerging messengers, which embrace us. This is Life. This is Luxury.
Kulturfolger, a complex cloud, a passage overflowing with messengers as artists, architects, and computer programmers all playing the game of luxury: space-vector-density.
CHAPTER I: 13.01. - 30.03.18
Welcome to Kulturfolger.
Kulturfolger is luxury.
Luxury is something we can say it belongs to the domain of private pleasure: luxury gives you more than you have the right to expect - it gives thicker chocolate coating, more fruit, more education, more intellect, but also more responsibility. Luxury is opposite of conspicuous consumption.
What we want to provoke here, is can we think of luxury as a desire of human culture to go beyond common, to break the boundaries? Maybe we first need to transcend the naturalized distinction between the necessary and unnecessary, or excessive.
Why is luxury such a tainted concept? Luxury annoys us. Because we are constantly reminded to have a good footprint, to save, to be sustainable. But can we envision having endless energy that is not just bound to ground. We already have abundance of information. How to deal with it? This abundant thinking breeds sophistication. It is decadent. And a bit scary.
Luxury is not a joke.
Luxury is not showing off.
Luxury is reading books.
Luxury is discussing philosophy.
Luxury is many interpretations.
Luxury is sending man to the moon.
This year we will have 5 chapters - acts. In each of these chapters, we will have three concepts. Three, in order in escape duality, and to have a rotation and a negotiation between them. Since luxury is a cliché, with negative connotations, we want to bind it with concepts that surprise us and are important for critically engaging in 21.st century. Therefore we are putting luxury in a triangle that steps out of duality of negative and positive.
First triplet is time - negentropy - relativity.
For this year - Time is luxury. We either have it too much or too little - both are luxury. Time is luxury only if it’s relative. Why? Because luxury gives time the possibility of multiple interpretations. Time as relativity, as Einstein suggested, depends on the viewer, on the speed of traveling.
It's just like in the generic sea, rare islands of negentropy, or order, become luxury. A sophisticated luxury.
This is exactly the triangle we are trying to work with - time - negentropy - relativity. And the time we have now is very intellectual; it is exactly the type of luxury we are trying to catch.
A beautiful format to discuss these complicated topics is Chef's Table. Let us use the analogy of elaborate French menu to explain the courses to follow. This first part of Kulturfolger consist out of 11 courses, one each week. We started with an hors d'ouevre, an appetizer where we ate humans. Is this the ultimate luxury or is it creation of entropy, the break of the order? A soup followed, that you can eat hot or cold, which is here to tease and stimulate your appetite. Our masterchef is Sabine Maja Bremermann. We are outside of clichés. Is this art, is this branding? Is this luxury? It's relative. Later, a fish dish, with delicate bones, lightly poached Quote Club. Followed by entrée with video works by Eirini Sourgiadaki & Anna Rubi. Releves talks about death of self, death of imagination, showing The Several Ways I've Died In My Imagination.
Then let's make a break, have a Sorbet, with audio-video performance with Yara Mekawei.
Each of these 11 meals will leave traces in the space, creating entropy or negentropy. If we make it, it's negentropy, if not, it's entropy.
Under EVENTS follow what is happening at Ida 46 during January, February and March.
CHAPTER III: 15.06. - 01.09.18
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CHAPTER IV: 05.09. - 15.11.18
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CHAPTER V: December 2018
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Luxury is the responsibility of surplus where you can narrate, enchant, recognize mastership, comedy and tragedy. Be part of many grounds, create unimagined paradise within the rational. It's a new nature of abundance. It's LUXURY.