We are staging small, ephemeral, unrepeatable acts with the intention of acknowledging and living the Anthropocene. These gestures draw from a decade of experiences in addressing planetary-scale geologic change and the uncertain, wildly open futures that are now in the making.

We’ve come to sense that small, ephemeral, unrepeatable acts attuned to specific situations, moments in time, and assemblages of people could be the most vital acts for us to perform, as artists, in response to currently unfolding material, social and political realities.

What’s Here will briefly, and repeatedly, take form at sites and moments when we feel the necessity to create and pause within an ephemeral assemblage of place, people, events, materials. Each staging will offer, simultaneously, both refuge from and exposure to emerging (and often quite alarming) material conditions of contemporary life.

The designed, built, and/or enacted “spaces” will function as part studio, part teahouse and part zendo, and will be contingent on contexts and circumstances. At times, the primary gesture will be architectural. Sometimes, it will be embodied actions and movements. And at other times, it might be primarily conceptual in nature.

Each iteration of What’s Here will be intentionally composed — a shifting assemblage of those who attend, what they bring with them, and the changing conditions that compose the hour(s) during which the micro-production unfolds. Each staging will attend to the highly singular and particular, one-time meeting of human and non-human forces composing the site, its moment and its context.

STAGING #1: White Rock Overlook, White Rock, New Mexico 1.10.002017 (no further documentation available)

STAGING #2: Santa Fe Art Institute Gallery, 1.11.002017 (further documentation available via the FOP blog)

STAGING #3: part of the group exhibition, con•tin•u•ums (time beyond lifetimes), Brooklyn, NY, 4.23.002017 (further documentation available via the FOP blog)seating

STAGING #4: 48 hour inhabitation of a/o's Sleeve House (contexual essay "inhabiting porosity" via FOP)

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