FEDERAL SCREW EXHIBIT 2011

RUIN

The contemporary fascination with representations of decay is frequently denigrated as ruin porn, a moniker meant to render explicit a character of exploitation and scenographic abstraction. In the collective optic, oscillating between fetishism and lament, ubiquity and monumentality, engagement and distanciation, a state of being and coming undone, the ruin has resurfaced as a site of symbolic appropriation, chimerical exploration, material contestation, and fabricated desire.

WELCOME TO FEDERAL SCREW WORKS.

Federal Screw is an installation that proposes an alternative way to read ruin porn. Can the self-reflexive cultivation of enthusiasm for the ruin help build support for its transformation; can the pluralistic reimaging of ruin help concerned constituents speculate about alternative futures for a derelict site? In consideration of these questions, Federal Screw stages an event and collective exploration.

ABOUT FEDERAL SCREW

The Chelsea Screw Works was founded in 1913, and merged into Federal Screw Works in 1928. The 80,000 square foot Chelsea plant once employed more than 250 people. At the time of its closing in 2005, only 37 employees remained. In 2007, Magellan Properties purchased the site for redevelopment.

META FRICHE TEAM

Virginia Black, Melissa Bonfil, Peyton Coles, Joseph Filippelli, Brittany Gacsy, Jeeeun Ham, Kyung Jin Hong, Jordan Johnson, Jennifer Komorowski, Brian Muscat, Christopher Reznich, Michael Sanderson, Ash Thomas, Catie Truong

SPECIAL FORCE

Bruce Findling, Nate Doud, James Chesnut, Joe Gacsy, Kelsey Jensen

GENERAL MANIFOLD

Pavilion designed by Jean Louis Farges, Steven Christensen, Anya Sirota