S.O.S – Self-Organized Systems
01.10 – 30.10 / 2015
Self-organized systems often result from processes of transformative, seemingly chaotic environments,which are shifting from the pole of subordination of hierarchical structures towards new forms of knowledge production, self-initiative, and self-referentiality. Georgia, currently being in the continuous process of seeking new forms of identity and communication within a former highly restrictive environment, is a paragon of an ideal starting position for the emergence of self-reliable, independent structures.
These resulting structures can be defined as so-called autopoietic systems, which indicate their ability to maintain and reproduce themselves with neither a need to rely on outside influences, nor to be steered by external power structures. Similar to the term poetry, which is one widespread instrument of expression and rendition of a country's collective memory - and therefore closely associated with nostalgia - the term Autopoiesis is etymologically attributed to the same stem: poiesis (greek- to create). It holds the potential to explore the circularity, interaction, binarities and complexities of the ever-evolving surroundings with a new form of (visual) poetry.
In this context, the CCA – Center of Contemporary Art – Tbilisi can be considered one distinct example of a self-organized institution In Georgia. By combining exhibition space with an informal education system, the Center has accumulated a broad experience of community-based, non-hierarchical project work in the arts as well as in various other fields. The 1st Tbilisi Triennial organized by the CCA covered the topic of alternative approaches towards education, whereas the 2nd edition intends to give independent platforms, collectives, and venues from around the globe a concrete forum by inviting them to represent those exact community-based approaches. Furthermore, each and every project will be fully autonomous and responsible for their art production and curation according to their vision.
SOS - indicating an emergency.
SOS - in this case, also holds a solution.