Messages from a Wobbling Bottle
Sven Dehens & Anna Scholiers, Brussels/Belgium
Lukas WinklerPrins, Los Angeles, CA/USA — Okt 21, 2016
The Ephemerality Institute is a celebratory funeral, an oxymoronic appeal to the necessity, affordances, privilege, and fear of the transient. On the internet, your actions are forever, but nevertheless lost in an ocean of accretion. The private art world and art institutions increasingly treat art as a commodity to be traded and invested, tucking objects into Swiss bunkers alongside gold bars, ruling out the possibility of performance and non-object art as institutionally legitimized. The Ephemerality Institute seeks a more nimble reality, acknowledging the physical limits and sins of the ideal of permanence, investing instead in the lived experience, the here-and-now, chance arrangement, temporality over spatiality, and the art happening all around you every moment of every day—whether that is on the street or in your Twitter feed.
The Ephemerality Institute involves building an intentionally durational web presence and public that celebrates ephemeral art. This means a website, twitter, and maybe instagram.
The output will include: 3-4 profiles/interviews with contemporary practitioners (such as Andrea Fraser, Mark Baumer, Martine Syms, and Ralph Lemon), two essays on transiency, identity, & the internet, and a resource base on ephemeral art & humans’ relationship with time. If time and money permits, a small imprint of output or event live online and/or in Los Angeles, CA.
Lukas WinklerPrins is a stoic punk, gonzo mathematician, and unemployed researcher in Los Angeles, CA. He grew up in the Midwestern United States and holds a Bachelors in Applied Mathematics from Brown University. He is interested in internet-nativeness, network dynamics, 21st-century pedagogy, and urban morphology, along with everything else.