What does a city need? That is the question the curators of the Summer Salon Series at the San Diego Museum of Art are asking this season. Fundamentally a city needs a sense of place and a population able to harmonize with the characteristics that are imposed by geography, culture and politics. However, from these common roots many unexpected phenomena may arise.
As part of the Summer Salon Series Border Corps will present Mexus Sexus Fluxus , a multimedia performance that attempts to cast a net over the question by exploring a set of three propositions that can be said to satisfy the needs of a city as we see them:
Economy:The proposition that without being there is no non-being and vice versa, can be expanded to include the proposition that without buying there is no selling and without selling there is no buying. Cities are communities where such transactional relationships drive economic growth and development. An economy needs some degree of freedom to operate in but how much?
Electricity: Without electricity the functioning of our cities would revert back to a pre-modern era. Think of all the technologies, operations, transactions, and services we take for granted that would go away without electricity. The ability to harness electricity is in some way the first step on the road to artificial intelligence. Why? Because it is the spark that somehow brings inert material to life.
Eccentricity: While the city may be thought of as a center of activity of one kind or another, eccentricity is a dynamic tension within the city away from the concept of its centrality. Eccentricity elliptically provides a definition of the norm by presenting an alternative to the centripetal force the city naturally exerts over its elements. A city’s eccentricity can arise from many different sources, however, it is usually associated with the behaviour of individuals. The class of citizens in a city naturally drawn to this role includes artists and non-conformists of all kinds.
Mexus Sexus Fluxus is an eccentric, electrified, economic attempt to clarify the nature of what a city needs.