ICA SummerSessions: Commonwealth is a summer 2019 art installation designed by Quilian Riano (DSGN AGNC), Giancarlo Mazzanti (El Equipo Mazzanti) and Carlos Medellin (Fundacion Horizontal) to support the Virginia Commonwealth University/Institute of Contemporary Art’s programming exploring what it means to live in a commonwealth such as Virginia and how that commonwealth can and should evolve in the 21st century. Centuries ago, “the commonwealth” was understood to refer to a model of political organization whose goal was public welfare or the common good.
The design uses a series of custom-made curtains to create flexible spaces that can be configured to be used for everything from small conversations to large meetings. The center of the space is for flexibility and constant change to support political conversations while the walls are used as places to document/aggregate the weekly programming sessions.
The Commonwealth project is a curatorial between the VCU’s ICA, Beta-Local (San Juan, Puerto Rico) and the Philadelphia Contemporary (PA). Content will be produced by all three Commonwealths.
Summer Sessions: Commonwealth
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