Imagine an empty pool. Then imagine smashing everything into it – a totality that eventually overflows the centre, the periphery, the whole thing.
States of Flux evolves around four sites as its decentred stages: a hotel in the tourist resort Sunny Beach on the Black Sea; the rooftop premises of Swimming Pool in Sofia, with an empty pool; a hot spring in a mountain village near the city; and, far from the South of Europe, a self-service laundry in Frankfurt am Main. These semi-public places form the spine of an imaginary geography of flux.
We start at the periphery of the country – Sunny Beach, a mass tourism dream on the Bulgarian coast. Here we face a capitalism of excess, manifested by booze and trinketization. As such, it reels in vast flows of things and thoughts, money and bodies, each without a recognizable origin or destination. Reality wobbles in desire and exhaustion until it finds itself stifled in an odd surface. The Sunniest Beach encompasses weekend-long interventions at the premises of the all-inclusive complex Iberostar.
The second part of the project takes place at Swimming Pool in Sofia a week later. Titled After the Splash, it is set post-factum – after the occurrence of an unavoidable, all encompassing, all revealing burst. Here, we are immersed in a world haunted by the unruly effects of repressed selves. A parallel reality emerges – partly dystopian, partly fueled by fanatical romanticism.
One day later, we set off on a walk through the forest to a hot spring near Zheleznitsa. The woods, the water, the friendly sharing of thoughts are sources of pleasure and relaxation. We are the sanguine. In these peaceful surroundings we initiate forms of community within a timeless (pre-) apocalyptic setting.
The last stage, The Token, is in Frankfurt – a location with a thriving global late-capitalist economy. The mirror facades that surround us are those of a speculative financial apparatus that grows ever more elusive through its obsession with the production of fictions about the future. With such fictions governing our reality, how can we claim our vulnerable presence?
Venues: Sunny Beach, Sofia, Zheleznitsa (all Bulgaria), and Frankfurt/Main (Germany)
The exhibition is accompanied by the texts of Ed Fornieles, Viktoria Draganova and Rosa Aiello that were published online on the web-page of Swimming Pool.
Special thanks to Iberostar Sunny Beach Resort.
STATES OF FLUX SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
The Sunniest Beach at Iberostar, Sunny Beach: 27–28 August 2016
OPENING: 27 September 2016, 17 h (please note that the access is restricted; if you plan a visit, please contact us)
After the Splash at Swimming Pool, Sofia: 2 September–16 October 2016
OPENING: 2 September 2016, 19 h
The Sanguine in Zheleznitsa: 3 September 2016, 15 h (if you plan to join, please contact us)
The Token in Frankfurt, Waschsalon (Eckenheimer Landstraße 65, 60318 Frankfurt): 6 October 2016, 19 h