Creative Time’s Living as Form exhibition in New York opened up a dialogue that is now being taken to a global scale. Living as Form (The Nomadic Version) is co-organized by Creative Time, Independent Curators International, and art venues around the world. Its first stop is curated by Christina Linden at the San Francisco branch of Kadist, an art foundation that is also based in Paris.
What stands out about the traveling exhibition is that it is traveling as a hard drive, one filled with portable, digital works from the original Living As Form. At Kadist, Linden has chosen to cycle through various works via a window display, a main screening room, and an “archive room” in the back, where viewers are able to search through the hard drive for documentation they would like to view on the monitor.
Talks supplement the gallery display, including one with Living as Form’s original curator Nato Thompson and conversations about the projects that the San Francisco iteration has added to the exhibition. Each city will supplement the traveling exhibition with new projects that explore art and social issues; one of the pieces added to the archive is Ben Kinmont’s recent work, Moveable Type No Documenta, which consists of conversations the artist had with participants around Kassel, Germany about art and meaningfulness. Works from the original archive include Chris Johnson and Suzanne Lacy’s 1994 project, The Roof is On Fire and Ai Weiwei’s Fairytale: 1001 Chinese Visitors.