Paul Boshears Exhibits in Swiss Platform at London Design Biennale
“…an exercise in and a reflection on friendly relationships – elective, messy, open-ended and in constant flux, as are the emotions they generate – as potentially emancipatory connections. The project explores forms of togetherness that are able to challenge the broadly accepted norms, binaries and conditions of contemporary working and living environments, and modes of political, institutional and economic governance…“
The journal, continent., was invited to contribute to the exhibition’s publication and website portion of the project. The publication (which is available in the space and on the project’s website) further explores the diversity of friendship and its potential to offer up new ways to live, work, and connect. According to the website’s description, the printed version will contain excerpts not only from commissioned visual contributions, essays, poems and scientific texts, but also from the reader, which the team assembled during their research. The online version allows access to the full commissioned contents, as well as to the reference texts.
Boshears’s writing contribution appears in the Letter from the Editors and in the essay, “What Is This Craft Called “Friendship”?: AN ESSAY ON HOW TO BECOME PARTICULAR,” which uses rich etymological references to examine the cause of friendship, the concept of the mechanical and the fine arts, and truth. The following is an excerpt:
“Though likely a base caricature of the tradition, the kind of relationships that are formed in a State are marked by coercion: at the cost of having to live with people with whom one finds little in common, the mutual support of one another through the mediation of a State is the benefit given to people living in a society. Public life, in this caricature, is marked by the anxiety and alienation of living amongst strangers, of an order of social experience fundamentally different from that of life among friends; both modes of sociality require their particular allegiances.”
continent., the editorial collective Boshears co-edits, was founded in 2010 and “exists as a platform for thinking through media. text, image, video, sound and new forms of publishing online are presented as reflections on and challenges to contemporary conditions in politics, media studies, art, film and philosophical thought.”