Current OJAI exhibition: I spy, I spy a little lie
MARRES CURRENTS #5, Maastricht //
Groupshow with 14 artists from the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany
OJAI Bingo Game on Feb 4
The Office for Joint Administrative Intelligence (OJAI) was inaugurated in 2015 by Chris Dreier and Gary Farrelly and is headquartered in Berlin and Brussels. OJAI has the stated objective of exploring bureaucracy, administration and self-institutionalization as forms of cultural production. Original research is conducted in a variety of fields including: economics, architecture, industrial heritage and self-measurement. The research is manifested in the form of postal correspondence, photography, surveys, field trips, publications and radio broadcasts. Exhibitions take the form of temporary offices that function both as systems of display as well as sites of inquiry, dialogue and production.
The first exhibition and publication of OJAI material has been presented to the public at GRÖLLE pass:projects in Wuppertal.
The second exhibition _fruit solutions_ opened on February 10th 2017 at in Berlin. Galerie Laura Mars in Berlin.
The third exhibition Fruit Efficiency including performance, new publication of OJAI material and launch of the second OJAI annual report took place on August 26th at RO2 Art in Dallas, Texas.
Gary Farrelly, Director for Administrative Heritage and Self-Inventory, OJAI SUD
(born 1983) is an Irish artist based in Brussels.
His practice includes drawing, collage, mail art and performance.
The work ranges in subject matter from architecture and
administration to personal inventory and cartography. Autonomy
and agency are recurring themes.
Farrelly studied fine art at the National College of Art and Design
NCAD) in Dublin and LUCA Arts (Sint-Lukas) in Brussels. He has lived
and worked for extended periods in Paris and Dallas where he was artist
in residence at Galerie W and The University of Texas, respectively.
Exhibition highlights include Museum of Contemporary Textile Art (Tournai),
Museum of Contemporary Art (Banja Luka), Parking Projects (Tehran),
Central Trak (Dallas), Crawford Municipal Art Gallery (Cork),Royal Institute of Architects (Dublin)
and 500X (Dallas). Collaborative initiatives include a feature length
film project entitled Glue with Oisin Byrne and the
Office for Joint Administrative Intelligence with Chris Dreier.
Chris Dreier, Director for Finance and Systemic Risk, OJAI NORD
(born 1961) comes from Wuppertal, Germany and has been
based in Berlin for the last three decades.
Her pinhole photographic work revolves around subjects of change, decay
and war. The work often encompasses images of endangered architectural
structures and neglected post-war modernity. In recent years she has been
researching the global financial system with a focus on the crisis of 2008.
The research manifests in photography, installation, tapestry and painting.
Her fascination with architecture and economics is also consistently
evident in her video work and noise music practice.
Chris Dreier is a graduate of Visual Communications from Berlin's
University of Art (UDK). In the nineteen eighties she was a member of
experimental music group Die Tödliche Doris. She continues to produce
experimental music with band projects Burqamachines, Spade Love and
Dexia Defunct. Her visual artwork has been exhibited widely in Germany
and beyond including institutional shows at The Museum of Contemporary Art
(Wroclaw, Poland), New Mexico History Museum (Santa Fe) and Centre d'art
Contemporaine (Brest, France). The work is represented in Berlin by Galerie
Laura Mars and in Wuppertal by Galerie Grölle.
14.32 hrs Pick up German delegation at Gare de Midi and escort to hotel on Rue Royale.
15.00 hrs Shopping for provisions and brief architectural survey.
15.45 hrs Coffee and briefing at Bureau 304.
16.00 hrs Production line exercises and policy discussions.
20.00 hrs Traditional meat soup with the neighbours and special negotiations with
08.00 hrs Coffee and briefing at Bureau 304.
09.00 hrs Photographic excursion to former AXA building.
11.30 hrs Brunch on the 25th front-facing floor of Brussels World Trade center, Tower 1.
14.00 hrs Photographic expedition to ANTWERP PREMETRO System and Antwerp diamond exchange.
17.00 hrs Early dinner at at multistorey carpark restaurant.v 18.00 hrs Nap.
19.00 hrs Production line exercises and policy discussions.
08.00 hrs Coffee and briefing at Bureau 304
08.30 hrs Policy discussions and record making incl. note taking.
11.00 hrs Dexia Defunct Band practise for concert in March.
13.00 hrs Light lunch.
14.00 hrs Continuation of Dexia Defunct band practise.
17.00 hrs Official summit photo opportunity at the Forbidden Zone.
19.15 hrs Collective meal experience at 123 Rue Royale.
20.30 hrs Night walk to Molenbeek and Brussels center.
08.00 hrs Briefing at Bureau 304.
08.30 hrs Preparation for joint statement.
13.00 hrs Summit closes.
14.00 hrs German delgation departs on a highspeed train out of Gare de Midi to Berlin.
The invitation is courtesy of ANN CHRISTINE FREUWÖRTH.
Presented in vitrine 87 by the OJAI: Recycled books - a language instruction textbook, a world atlas and a motorists instruction manual heavily redacted and coopted as Office for Joint Administrative Intelligence material. There is also a world map labeled with financial transactions, commercial air-disasters and public unrest as well as pieces of more intimate information. A display of OJAI written correspondence will be presented in the library area.
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