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playing practice exhibited at Canzani Center Gallery in Columbus, Ohio.

Project playing practice is exhibited at the Agency for Small Claims at Canzani Center Gallery in Columbus Ohio from 24 July – 17 August 2009.
playing practice has been invited by James Voorhies, director of exhibitions at the gallery, to participate in research- and knowledge-based project space Agency for Small Claims. To see the project follow this link.

playing practice is a curatorial project based on collaborative research. It is curated by Magda Tyżlik-Carver, Research Assistant at iRes Research in Network Art and Sönke Hallmann from Berlin based Department of Reading. playing practice is a form of socio-technological network which manifests through collaborative research sessions which use play as its method. They take place online with the use of technological tools (wiki, Skype, and specially designed software) and in the physical space of the gallery. playing practice at the Agency for Small Claims entitled turning language into objects is a third manifestation of the project and has been prepared in collaboration with Paul Gangloff.

playing practice is part of the ongoing collaborative practice-led research project Virtual Networks Social Fabrics, initiated by Magda Tyżlik-Carver (New Models of Curating? at iRes) with Sönke Hallmann (Department of Reading) and Scott Rigby (Basekamp/Plausible Artworlds). The aim of this project is to consider models in which to share the knowledge and research gathered as a result of each of the projects: Plausible Artworlds, Department of Reading and New Models of Curating? as well as through the meetings in which these three projects come together.

Agency for Small Claims is part of Bureau for Open Culture - an exhibition-making philosophy that transcends traditional notions of exhibition display. It is an initiative that not only uses the gallery as a site for presenting art, but expands the exhibition model to include off-site projects, researched-based practices, workshops, screenings, informal talks, publications, and short-term residencies. The programming embraces experimental and open approaches to supporting artistic and curatorial trajectories that respond to our multidisciplinary contemporary culture. Taking a position somewhere between a gallery and an alternative space, the Bureau for Open Culture challenges the exhibition system while respecting the historical sources for those investigations.

Agency for Small Claims is an exhibition space. It opens conversations about art-making practices that are research-based. It supports art-making practices that ask what is public and private space. It documents art-making practices that are temporary exchanges between people and communities it encourages openness and generosity in art. Agency for Small Claims collaborates from a distance with art-makers around the world. It acts as agent on behalf of knowledge transmission. It makes claims on behalf of art.

Agency for Small Claims is a bulletin board used as a platform for introducing initiatives and ideas that are not easily captured in exhibition-making platforms. Previously exhibited artists include Chto delat/What is to be done?, Dawn Weleski, Robin Hewlett and Ben Kinsley, Amy Balkin, Reiningungsgesellschaft, STEALTH.unlimited and others.

Sönke Hallmann currently lives and works in Berlin. He studied German literature and philosophy at the University of Hamburg and has since then published about questions concerning new forms of community, the experience of language and contemporary conceptions of messianism. In 2006 Sönke Hallmann has initiated the Department of Reading.

Paul Gangloff studied graphic design at the ERBA in Valence (FR) and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie (Amsterdam, NL). Having been one of the three collaborators of the graphic design bureau OneDayNation, he now cooperates with artists and theorists by means of speaking, writing, reading, and designing printed matters. Currently, his work takes place within the Faculty of Invisibility and the Department of Reading. Paul Gangloff teaches graphic design at the preparatory course of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and at the Academy of Art & Design in Arnhem (NL).

Magda Tyżlik-Carver works as a research assistant at iRes Research in Network Art. She is also a curator and researcher working primarily within a network context. Her curatorial work is concerned with projects that utilise in an innovative and critical way online networking tools, such as wikis, Skype, iChat, and offline public spaces and galleries.