A Rule By Nobody
2337 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago
1084 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago
September 9 -
November 20, 2016
A Rule By Nobody is an exploration of the boredoms, frustrations and pleasures of bureaucratic routines. Drawing its title from Hannah Arendt’s definition of bureaucracy, the exhibition takes the bored energy of office labor and channels it into a multipart dive into the sublimely overflowing inbox, the inky warm Xerox room, the balled up wads of red tape, and the moments of escape that punctuate the droning beige sameness of nine to five.
The show is organized under the Fall Curatorial Residency at Sector 2337. It is composed of a two-part group exhibition, an ongoing back room installation, a video screening at the Nightingale Cinema, a live performance, and a printed publication.
This exhibition highlights the nervous energy of office work where supplies and desk items are transformed and reimagined as surreal or fantastical. Evidence of wandering minds and nervous distraction emerge from the tedium of mechanized routines.
SECTOR 2337 BACK ROOM
September 9 - November 20
Globe Al Chemical Company
A satellite office for Globe Al Chemical Company, holding questionable hours behind a mysterious door.
A motivational, team-building corporate retreat through other people’s daily grinds. The works in the screening emulate and parody various workplaces and their hierarchical structures to reveal inner formulas, dogmas and breaking points.
Here, the human body is implicated as the source material and delivery method for the bureaucratic machine. The exhibition opens with a performance by Stephen Kwok.
An extension of the exhibition in a printed catalogue that draws together all the elements of the show and features contributed form documents, email chains, applications and tardy slips. Includes an interview with Philip von Zweck and short essays by Third Object.