Qubit, in collaboration with ChaShaMa is pleased to announce the exhibition Liminal, on view at One Brooklyn Bridge Park. Nearest Trains: R, 4, 5, 2, 3. Ferry service to Pier 6: NYC Ferry South Brooklyn Route
Liminal Opening Reception: Wednesday, November 15, 6 – 9 pm
Performances by Jeff Snyder and Cenk Ergün, and Philip White (7pm), as well as a discussion (8pm) about the art works and the Chinese city of Shenzhen. Jonathan Bach, Associate Professor at the New School and co-editor of “Learning from Shenzhen: China’s Post-Mao Experiment From Special Zone to Model City” will be present for the event.
Liminal II: Sunday, November 19, 4 pm
Performances by Alec Hall, Martin Hiendl and Lester St. Louis; Sam Yulsman, Gabrielle DaCosta and Justin Cabrillos
Liminal III: Monday, November 20, 7:30 pm
Performances by Weston Olencki and Brandon Lopez
Open Hours: Thursday, November 16 – Tuesday, November 21, 1 – 6pm
Installation “11,000 sq ft of Air” will be on view 24/7 through the window.
Liminal describes that which occupies both sides of a boundary or a threshold. Qubit is excited to exhibit four physically immersive works from a team of diverse artists, musicians and architects working at the far reaches of their respective fields. The exhibition places a central focus on the Chinese border city of Shenzhen, the first of the Special Economic Zones. In her 2014 book Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space, American architect Keller Easterling writes poetically about free trade zones. “For all of its efforts to be apolitical, the zone is often a powerful political pawn. While extolled as an instrument of economic liberalism, it trades state bureaucracy for even more complex layers of extrastate governance, market manipulation, and regulation. For all its intentions to be a tool of economic rationalization, it is often a perfect crucible of irrationality and fantasy.”
Dani Dobkin’s Headspace is a sonic sculptural revolving around ideas of meditation, isolation, and loss of communication, welcoming the listener to enter the immersive space of Five resonant wooden boxes hanging from above.
Mengtai Zhang’s untitled combines multidisciplinary materials to echo gentrification in Shenzhen, using field recording from Baishizhou, an urban village in the city to provide affordable accommodation for the impoverished population who come from the rural areas.
Alec Hall’s Zone theorizes a kind of incubation unit in which capital crystallizes into physical forms, leaving behind design choices as a residue. Once a zone is formed—in which boundary conditions are set—capital metastasizes, leaving an un-theorized aesthetic in its wake; just as malignant growths demonstrate their own biological aesthetic, so too does architectural design within a zone.
:’s 11,000 sq ft of Air uses bubble wrap as a void-fill: a protective insulation that fixes the space between objects and containers. One that facilitates the safe circulation of materials and objects, that secures our appetite for things, over increasingly long distances. But these rolls of cellular cushions are really just tiny volumes of air passed around the world in sheets. All bubbles pop.