OURS: Democracy in the age of Branding

OURS: Democracy in the Age of Branding
October 16, 2008 – February 1, 2009
The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery
Parsons The New School for Design, 66 Fifth Avenue at 13th Street, New York City
On the eve of the U.S. presidential elections, Parsons The New School for Design, in collaboration with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School, presents an interdisciplinary exhibition investigating democracy as a global brand. Contributions by 40 participants feature online works, installations, sculptures, photography, video and film as well as panels, lectures, performances, and charrettes.

Yael Bartana
Erick Beltran
Alexis Bhagat
Paul Chan
Joseph DeLappe
Alexandra Domanovic
Sam Durant
Kota Ezawa
Andrea Geyer
Liam Gillick
Sharon Hayes
Susan Hiller
Ashley Hunt
I Approve This Message
Institute for Infinitely Small Things
Emma Kay
Komar & Melamid
Asaf Koriat
Runo Lagomarsino
Steve Lambert
Les Liens Invisibles
Miguel Luciano
Michael Mandiberg
Emery Martin
Aleksandra Mir
Carlos Motta
Dave Muller
Timo Nasseri
Ariel Orozco
Trevor Paglen
Nadine Robinson
Anri Sala
Hank Willis Thomas
Johan Tiren
Brian Tolle
Judi Werthein
Wooloo Productions
The Yes Men
Carey Young
Carin Kuoni, exhibition curator
Marisa Olson, Web component curator
Bartholomew Ryan, curatorial assistant
Jakob Schillinger, curatorial assistant
Exhibition graphics and design:
Project Projects
‘OURS: Democracy in the Age of Branding’ examines the desires generated and promoted by democracy as a brand–such as choice, participation, freedom of expression, a sense of belonging, and the promise of individual success, all embodied in the notion of “liberty”–and looks at how and where these desires find fulfillment or are displaced. The exhibition also investigates both aesthetic and political systems of representation developed in response to these desires, as well as those power structures that run parallel to a democratic government.