From Everyday, Everywhere to Act Two, The 15th of May, 18:30, 2014
As part of their project for Reykjavik Arts Festival in 2012, Learning Site asked Jaime Stapleton to write a one-act play, exploring the financial crises of 2008. The play was written to be exhibited as a wall text in the Nordic House along with a series of posters mapping various building sites around the city left derelict following the 2008 financial crisis. In parallel to the posters, a series of billboard posters were created for those sites exploring Billboard posters on those sites, which explored the concept of money as a 'store of value' and a future world where the word 'bank' might come to be associated with values rather than money.
In 2014, Learning Site decided to build on that initial work by creating the conditions in which an 'Act Two' might be created from new material 'evidence' presented to Jaime Stapleton. For the exhibition at Flensborggade 57 on 15th May 2014 the original text of Everyday Everywhere was performed by Lennox Raphael, who, for one evening only, turned himself into the speculators David, Bob and Alex. The reading was accompanied by a number of objects destined to appear in 'The Second Act', a new one act play in development featuring characters from the 2012 play.
Lennox Raphael as David, Alex and Bob
Lennox Raphael is at work on Naipaul's Country, a novel of human transformation. His first play, Che!, using sex as political metaphor, presents Che Guevara as a hero made the object of sexually-motivated envy by his enemies, including the President of the USA, ran in N.Y. for 13 months. A former staff writer for Manhattan's East Village Other (EVO), he has been published in Evergreen Review and Atlantic Monthly (cover-story interview with Ralph Ellison). His essay on the Haitian earthquake (www.servinghousejournal.com) was nominated as best online essay in the US (2010-2011). Lennox worked extensively with Teachers & Writers' Collaborative in N.Y., and, in 71-72, with 14 schools in Delaware. He is featured in Winter Tales: Men Write About Aging (Serving House Books (2011), with Robert Gover, Norman Mailer, Mario Vargas Llosa & others.
Jaime Stapleton has worked with Learning Site on a number of projects writing both academic texts and fiction. Longer ago than he cares to admit, he studied creative writing under the English novelist Jim Crace. He has worked variously for intergovernmental agencies, governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations and in various academic institutions. His doctoral thesis "Art, Intellectual Property and the Knowledge Economy" (2003) can be downloaded from www.jaimestapleton.net. A new monograph, "Vision in Copyright: The Political Economy of Composition", should be published later this year, if he finishes editing by the end of August.
Concrete: Roman, circa 2nd Century B.C. (Rome, Italy)
Concrete: Russia CCCP-era, circa mid 20th Century A.D. (Moscow, Russia)
Concrete: German, circa mid 20th Century A.D. (Aalborg, Denmark)
Concrete: International, circa 21st Century A.D. (Transnational Port Copenhagen-Malmö (CMP))
[Development in the North Harbour area of Copenhagen relating to housing, harbour services and activities yet to be announced will increase the total hectares of land currently covered by concrete in the Copenhagen municipality by 1% by 2015.
A 21st Century 'Long House'. Post-National Speculative Investment Economy.
[At the time of exhibition, the public right to housing has been erased from histories of the welfare state in some locations. Controversially, in other locations attempts are being made to institute a human right to housing. The outcome of this schism is pending. Consequently investment yields are, for the time being, uncertain.]
Sound Wall (with Polluted Earth Bank)
[The wall has been designed to protect residential and retail de
velopment from traffic noise from a highway that may, in the future, be built. The future depends on relative demand.]
Mobile to Explore the Relativity of Transactions in Public Space (formally a part of the now defunct 'House of Welfare', Raven Row, 2013)
Materials: Gold, wood, limewash, leather, steel
[Everyday, Everywhere] around the city of Reykjavik left vacant, 2012 >
Maps of Values >
Thanks to The Nordich House, Reykjavik Art Festival and The Danish Arts Council