Future Park II – Reproduction Direct from Nature

17 October–21 November 2010 / Casco HQ
Opening: Saturday 16 October 17:00–19:00

Future Park is a two-part project involving a series of events that explore the instrumentality of urban parks in relation to social policy and the shifting economic, political and cultural structure to imagine a post-capitalist city. Reproduction Direct from Nature, a project by Amsterdam based artist Zachary Formwalt forms the second part of Future Park.  

Formwalt’s practice could be considered as emblematic of historiography becoming a tool for futurology. Investigating how the capitalist economy operates vis-à-vis the politics of image reproduction and how urban reality is mediated by it, he works in such a manner that (archival) research and speculation meet contingency, producing plausible but as yet unwritten historical connections and stories.  

In his new project Reproduction Direct from Nature, a photograph printed in a New York newspaper, The Daily Graphic, in 1880 offers a clue for approaching New York’s Central Park from its inception. The photograph in this paper is described as being made in the immediate presence of the structures it depicts; a group of shanties near the place that we now know as Central Park. Consequently it was used in the newspaper as evidence of a new technology of reproduction, marking the birth of the photo-illustrated press. Zachary Formwalt reclaims this image to challenge the notion of nature in urban development and the role played by the mechanisms of image reproduction in the economic system, particularly in light of the current and ongoing credit crisis.  

Through Reproduction Direct from Nature connections are discovered about the circumstances relating to this photograph – the first credit panic in late nineteenth century Britain, the development of the Park, New York’s housing crisis, its unacknowledged photographer and Karl Marx’s notebooks (1868) about the British weekly newspaper, The Economist. These narratives are brought together through the complicated relations of historical and contemporary matters, in order to form an alternate view on current “(un)natural” surroundings, in a newly produced film, book and photographs. 

The opening of Reproduction Direct from Nature takes places in conjunction with the Impakt Festival and will include a Q&A session with the artist. The film and book are co-produced with Fundação de Serralves – Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto. 

Park Talk IV – Muntpark 

Friday 22 October 17:00–18:30 

The fourth Park Talk will be held by Henri van der Vegt, geographer and initiator of Urban Pilots urban research and experiment. He will guide us through the Munt-area nearby Lombok, that he considers to be a potential future park. The Park Talk starts at 17.00 at the entrance gate of the Koninklijke Nederlandse Munt and the money museum. You may also join us at Casco at 16:30 to go to this location together. Please RSVP with Cindy if you would like to join the Park Talk. 

Reading the Economist 

Saturday 6 November 15:00–16:00, MoMA PS1, New York 

Casco is invited to present its publications at the annual NY Art Book Fair where the number of publishing initiatives and publishers in the field of art and design all around the world gather. In the Classroom programme of the NY Art Book Fair, we present the new film Through a Fine Screen by Zachary Formwalt and launch the book Reading the Economist, which will be followed by the conversation between Formwalt and Mary Poovey, author of Genres of the Credit Economy: Mediating Value in Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century Britain and currently professor of NYU. The recording of the conversation will be available at Casco after the event. For further information: www.nyartbookfair.com 

Impakt Festival 2010 Matrix City 

13–17 October 

Casco recommends the programme of Impakt Festival 2010, curated by STEALTH.unlimited (Ana Dzokic and Marc Neelen, Rotterdam / Belgrade) and Kristian Lukic (Novi Sad). The opening of Future Park II takes place in conjunction with the programme. For further information: www.impakt.nl 

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