I believe that between utopias and these quite other sites, these heterotopias, there might be a sort of mixed, joint experience, which would be the mirror. The mirror is, after all, a utopia, since it is a placeless place. In the mirror, I see myself there where I am not, in an unreal, virtual space that opens up behind the surface; I am over there, there where I am not, a sort of shadow that gives my own visibility to myself, that enables me to see myself there where I am absent: such is the utopia of the mirror. But it is also a heterotopia in so far as the mirror does exist in reality, where it exerts a sort of counteraction on the position that I occupy. From the standpoint of the mirror I discover my absence from the place where I am since I see myself over there. Starting from this gaze that is, as it were, directed toward me, from the ground of this virtual space that is on the other side of the glass, I come back toward myself; I begin again to direct my eyes toward myself and to reconstitute myself there where I am. The mirror functions as a heterotopia in this respect: it makes this place that I occupy at the moment when I look at myself in the glass at once absolutely real, connected with all the space that surrounds it, and absolutely unreal, since in order to be perceived it has to pass through this virtual point which is over there.
Centre for Creative Collaboration, Acton Street, London.
22nd-25th July 2010
Opening 22nd July 6pm
DériveLab is a laboratory cast adrift upon the cultural waters of a 'broken' society for the experiments of a cast of artists, performers, musicians, theorists and designers. From the 22nd - 25th July 2010 DériveLab's latest feature-length psychotic episode features at the recently opened Centre for Creative Collaboration, near Kings Cross, London. An opening preview, post-view and peepshow takes place on and in the evening of the 22nd. Prior to this participants will explore or ignore, work and play within the venue for 10 days before their potentially prized or somewhat despised responses are reprised and prised open to a public.
DériveLab challenges participants to work off the rails and on the wrong side of the tracks, across disciplinary boundaries, with a schizophrenic mix of collaboration and resistance, whilst occupying an anti-hierarchical territory that mixes established, international practitioners with students, primarily from Goldsmiths, drawn from across undergrad, postgrad and research realms. DériveLab is a widely encompassing, wildly spinning compass at the corner of a constantly changing map of international contributors from cities including London, Tel Aviv, Frankfurt, Parma, Trieste, Paris and Tokyo.
We believe Dérive is a conduit to circumvent and short-circuit those repellent elements shortselling us down the river of ur-banality. We believe Dérive as an activity is reflexive: it both responds to situations but situations likewise respond to it. DériveLab concocts reflexive phenomenologies, DériveLab psychoanalyses the unconscious of urban space.
Parallel school wants to generate and spread work emulation, and to develop self-initiated projects such as publications, meetings, lectures, workshops etc.
Parallel school would like to bring people knowledge, experiences and energies from all over the world together.