Ricardo Basbaum

Ricardo Basbaum

The Showroom

Ricardo Basbaum, [small operatic event] Would you like to participate in an artistic experience?, 1994–ongoing. Performance view, The Showroom, London, 2010. Photo: Daniela Mattos.

July 3, 2013

Ricardo Basbaum
re-projecting (london)
12 July–3 August 2013 

Preview: 11 July, 6–9pm 

The Showroom
63 Penfold Street
London NW8 8PQ 
Hours: Wednesday–Saturday noon–6pm

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Ada Court, ASK!, Ania Bas, BNP Paribas Women’s Internal Network, City of Westminster College, Chris Dercon, DreamArts, Paul Elliman, FLAG, Fourth Feathers Youth Centre, Jamie George, Henrietta Hale, Hato Press, Claudia Hummel, Eva Jablonka, Justice For Domestic Workers, Anton Kats, Annette Krauss, Simone Mair, Marylebone Project, Massimiliano Mollona, Mosaic LGBT Youth Centre, Lania Narjee, Christian Nyampeta, Lucy Pawlak, Andrew Pickering, Read-In!, Seymour Art Collective, Patrick Staff

The Showroom is delighted to present re-projecting (london), a major new commission by Brazilian artist Ricardo Basbaum, and the first significant presentation of his work in the UK.

During the month of July Basbaum will be based at The Showroom for a programme of nine new projects. Each project will connect to one of nine locations that have been determined through the application of an abstract shape onto the map of the area around the gallery. The shape, which Basbaum calls NBP (New Basis for Personality), has formed the basis of numerous works in diverse formats since the early 1990s, providing a situation that others are invited to take over and shape. 

Basbaum’s NBP shape creates a framework for individuals and groups to connect—including a women’s refuge, a women’s finance network, a homeless day centre, a domestic workers’ union, a youth club, a LGBT centre, a youth theatre group, an older people’s centre and a Further Education college—and for thoughts, experiences and ideas to circulate. Wooden objects derived from the angles of the NBP shape will be distributed to generate different public and private uses and to be passed between participants. 

The nine projects will be presented in The Showroom’s gallery—which will also function as an “open working room” for collaborators, participants and the public to meet, discuss and work together. A programme of public events, performances, screenings and conversations will run throughout the month. 

Events will include:
Reading group | The Walking Reading Group
Wednesday 10 July 6–9pm 

Performance | Sirens Taken for Wonders, Paul Elliman
Saturday 13 July 3–5pm

Walk | Seymour Art Collective NBP diagram walk
Monday 15 July 3–5pm

Reading Group The Showroom Reading Group
Tuesday 16 July 6.30–8.30pm

Reading group | Read-In!, Little Venice
Wednesday 17 July 6.30–8.30pm 

Walk | Difference as an Arithmetic Exercise with Annette Krauss, Claudia Hummel, Eva Jablonka
Thursday 18 July 1–3pm 

Event | Christian Nyampeta and Ada Court
Saturday 20 July 2–5pm 

Talk | Chris Dercon, Ricardo Basbaum and Massimiliano Mollona
Monday 22 July 6.30–8.30pm 

Event | FLAG Public Meeting
Tuesday 23 July 2–4pm 

Event | Collective Conversation Workshop
Saturday 27 July 2–5pm 

Public action ASK! and Justice for Domestic Workers 
Sunday 28 July noon–5pm 

Film screening [closed event] | BNP Paribas Women’s Network and The Marylebone Project with Lucy Pawlak 
Monday 29 July 11am–3pm 

Talk | Andrew Pickering on Cybernetics
Monday 29 July 6.30–8.30pm

Ricardo Basbaum (b.1961, São Paolo) is an artist and writer who lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His work investigates art as an intermediating device and platform for the articulation between sensorial experience, sociability and language. His work has been exhibited at the 30º São Paulo Biennale (2012), Garden of Learning (Busan, 2012), Counter-Production (Generali, Vienna, 2012) and documenta 12 (Kassel, 2007).

Communal Knowledge is generously supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation, City Bridge Trust, the City of London Corporation’s Charity, John Lyon’s Charity, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Arts Council England, The Showroom Supporters Scheme. re-projecting (london) is produced in the framework of COHAB, a two-year project with Casco, Office for Art, Design and Theory, Utrecht and Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm, supported by a Cooperation Measures grant from the European Commission Culture Programme (2007–2013).


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