The Embassy Reconstructed

Brandon LaBelle | Skizo-Embassy

(the Conference Space, Felleshus)

 

A Libyan farmer, a US fighter pilot and an imaginary diplomat have gathered to debate and discuss the question of a future diplomacy. Each presents a particular view, recounting certain experiences, and questioning the very nature of the address: how to speak toward the diplomatic, the powers of statehood, the transnational and the limitations of current models? What form of speech might function within today's political landscape? Through discussing the operations of discussion, a series of propositions and proposals are put forward, not only as to the question of language and speech, and of international relations, but also that of architecture. Speculations on embassy buildings are shared, complemented by a set of architectural models designed as hybrid embassies, and in support of secret societies, utopian communities, invisible territories and transnational peoples. The project functions as a scene for this meeting, staged as a voice-play within the conference room at the Nordic Embassy in Berlin.

 

Architectural concept and modeling: Manuel Klauser and Kenan Darwich

Voices: Omar Nicolas, Jeremy Woodruff, Brandon LaBelle and Kenan Darwich

 

 

 

Brandon LaBelle is an artist, writer and theorist. His practice focuses on social life, articulations of agency and cultural narrative, using sound, performance, text and sited constructions. His work has been presented at

among others, Whitney Museum, NY (2012), Image Music Text, London (2011), Sonic Acts, Amsterdam (2010), A/V Festival, Newcastle (2008, 2010), Museums Quartier, Vienna (2009), 7th Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Allegro (2009), Center for

Cultural Decontamination, Belgrade (2009), Casa Vecina, Mexico City (2008), Netherlands Media Art Institute, Amsterdam (2003, 2007), Ybakatu Gallery, Curitiba (2003, 2006, 2009), Singuhr Gallery, Berlin (2004), and ICC, Tokyo (2000). He is the author of Diary of an Imaginary Egyptian (Errant Bodies Press, 2012), Acoustic Territories: Sound Culture and

Everyday Life (Continuum, 2010) and Background Noise: Perspectives on Sound Art (Continuum, 2006). He is professor at the Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Norway.

 

 

www.brandonlabelle.net