A Gradual Stiffening (Rea)2017, acoustic speaker cloth, wave track system, steel mounts, two-channel projection, two-channel audio, various dimensions

'RIDDLE&LUST Action for voice, text & electronics’
Performance by Christian Jendreiko

A Gradual Stiffening is an ongoing project which Eleanor Wright utilises to shape her ideas into artworks. This title references a ‘pattern’ within the philosophical and practical building manual A Pattern Language (published 1977), which suggests that flexibility within building practices should be maintained into the very last stages, analogously described as the ‘gradual stiffening’ process of weaving a basket.

Composed in the space between looking and making, A Gradual Stiffening draws together imagery and sounds that explore subjects of civic life through the lens of two buildings designed and built by the unknown Athenian structural engineer Yiannis Kontodimas: the vacant Rea Shopping Centre and an apartment building which is also his home.

Throughout 2016 Wright spent time in Athens exploring the city, the legacy of its histories and its current state of economical and political crisis. A Gradual Stiffening considers the narratives we tell about the histories of civilisations and the histories of human beings in their individual and collective identities.

A Gradual Stiffening
Drop City at M HKA Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp 6 August — 15 October 2017

M HKA Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerpen and AIR Antwerpen invited Drop City to be the eleventh guest in the LODGERS programme, occupying the 6th floor of the museum as «Drop City, Antwerp» between 5 August - 15 October 2017. The Studio for Arousing Tools: Assembly I; A Gradual Stiffening; The Kink in the Arc: A Collective Novel; Alpha Adieu were four concurrently running programmes each led by one of Drop City’s founding members.

A highly experimental format, presentations, including those from invited peers and collaborators, included changing installations, performances, readings, talks, seminars, workshops and offsite events. The aim was to push the collaborative boundaries of individual practices to the point where they would converge to produce new and unexpected meanings, as well as to critique the established roles and expectations of the museum and non-profit initiative.