In his seminal 1951 book, L’Homme Révolté, Albert Camus asserts “Art is an activity which exalts and denies simultaneously. ‘No artist tolerates reality’ says Nietzsche. That is true, but no artist can ignore reality. Artistic creation is a demand for unity and a rejection of the world. But it rejects the world on account of what it lacks and in the name of what it sometimes is”.

Taking inspiration from this text, the participant artists/researchers will turn Open Work website into a studio where they will reflect through their works on their relationship with the urban environment. As the plural in the title suggests, the cities addressed by the works will not refer to an existing reality, but to an abstract, urban environment that is a dramatic and chaotic entangle of bodies, identities and technology, a physical reality of invisible conditions, of accessibility, distribution, acceleration and distraction over participation and concentration.


Riotous Cities

Participating artists are:

Keun-hye Lee /
Lana Locke /
Mohammad Namazi /
Joshua Y’Barbo /

Project curated by
Vanessa Saraceno
Joshua Y’Barbo / Fallout Shelter (Ground Zero) / Collaged Digital Print & Handwritten Note / 15 x 21 cm / 2010



Joshua Y’Barbo / Plasticity (Echo) / Video 3:19 / 2013



Keun-hye Lee / Everyday Ritual / MDF, heat sensitive paint and electrical circuit within the thickness of paper / 2014



Keun-hye Lee / Everyday Ritual / MDF, heat sensitive paint and electrical circuit within the thickness of paper / 2014




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Mohammad Namazi / Work No. 580 / Left and Right with a Dot / Internet series / 2014








Lana Locke / Passport to Pimlico: May Day Art Day in Churchill Gardens Estate / 5 May 2014 / Installation view of event created by Lana Locke