Ours: Democracy in the Age of Branding
Ours: Democracy in the Age of Branding

Organized by the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School, Ours: Democracy in the Age of Branding examined the desires generated and promoted by democracy as a brand.

Featuring work by over 40 international artists, including online works, installations, sculptures, photography, video and film in addition to a public program of panels, lectures, performances, and charrettes, the show’s graphic system created an illusory choice between apparent dichotomies of red vs. blue, which was enacted in the publication as well as through branded, obligatory admission stickers. The stickers subsequently became detritus as visitors discarded them over the exhibition’s own titling graphic. Employing participatory, yet dislocative processes and visual form, the design strategy enacts the innate conflict in the democratic process between centralized control and individual choice.

2008