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Ania Jaworska and Thomas Kelley participate in Friedman Benda exhibition

No-thing: An Exploration into Aporetic Architectural Furniture

UIC faculty Ania Jaworksa and Thomas Kelley are featured, along with seven other emerging architectural practices, in the upcoming exhibition, No-Thing, curated by Juan García Mosqueda and presented by the New York design gallery, Friedman Benda. The show runs from January 18–February 17, 2018, in Freidman Benda’s project space.

From the curator:

No-Thing examines the prevalence of authoritative domestic practices embedded in our collective unconscious that guides behavior towards our personal possessions. Some of these works are composed of a seemingly ordinary construction that relies on the user’s autonomous self for meaning through postulated use. The title alludes to a state of egalitarian “in- betweenness,” a term defined by R.D. Laing in The Politics of Experience—a reference to their makers’ non-dogmatic approach to object creation.”

“It is through objects like the ones in the exhibition that the space necessary for the construction of a new self in society can emerge. Not a utopian, idealized self, but an ambiguous figure, uncertain of its destiny; as uncertain as these aporetic furniture works. Within this framework, where the objects truly emerge through affect, one is urged to take not solely a passive but an active role,” says Juan García Mosqueda.

Participants include Andy and Dave (Brooklyn, NY), Ania Jaworska (Chicago, IL), architecten de vylder vinck taillieu (Gent, Belgium), Leong Leong (New York, NY), MILLIØNS (Los Angeles, CA), MOS (New York, NY), Norman Kelley (New York, NY, Chicago, IL), SO – IL (Brooklyn, NY), and Pezo von Ellrichshausen (Concepcion, Chile).