The Growing Manual 2014
Materials text, images, plants, temporary architecture
Dimensions Variable size
The Growing Manual publication and exhibition works with artist collectives around the world to examine how artists are organising and improvising in response to the political, social and economic challenges they are currently faced with. The Growing Manual is a publication, exhibition, limited edition artwork, temporary architecture, experiment in planting and growing, as well as a market place.
Following the publication of Volume 1 of the Growing Manual book, the first exhibition of the Growing Manual project brings various kinds of materials – individually and collectively produced – together in the space of the museum around three themes: matter, utopia and collectives in order to make a loose series of connections between ideas, images and circumstances. The aim is to describe a circumference within which the exhibition can be considered. The principal image of the dream is the enabling capillary tissue across these connections, between the exterior world of facts and the interior world of emotions, between reality and the imagination. These indirect, glancing narratives and descriptions tug in different directions. What results, however, is a sense of the diversity and range of work that comes together - for now - under the sign of the Growing Manual, through working with the interdependencies of cyber, geographic, and logical infrastructure, material, opportunity and chance encounter…
The Growing Manual Market formed part of the Growing Manual exhibition in Seoul Museum of Art where material - books, T-shirts and DVDs - which were produced by the artist collectives participating in the Growing Manual exhibition could be found for sale. Alongside the market and exhibition there were numerous related discursive public events.