appropriation, copy, reinterpretation, plagiary, remix, reproduction

accumulation, archive, wunderkammer, database, cabinet of curiosities, encyclopedia

disclosure, reprint, multiplication, republishing, replication, fac-simile

destruction, deletion, burning, damage, programmed obsolescence, hidden

THE HUT OF EUROPEAN IDENTITY
2016

Initiated by Paolo Patelli within the framework of ‘New Europeans’, the arts and design programme of the Netherlands Presidency of the Council of the EU Council in 2016. The project plays around the inciting statement that there is no such thing as an “European identity”, at least not in a definite and conclusive way. Starting from the concept drawn for the House of European History (HEH) — a museum recently opened in Brussels with the aim of providing access to “transnational processes and events in Europe through museological interpretation”A — the project’s theoretical framework highlights the lack of concrete points of reference transversally agreed by all the cultures forming Europe. Rather, this work-in-progress identity is made up of military conflicts and ideological clashes; the harmony and equity figured by EU institutions seem to be no more than the bridges depicted on € banknotes: an archetypal, distant, fake version of realityB.

A http​:​//​www.​europarl.​europa.eu​/visiting​/en​/brussels​/house-​of-​european-​history
B On the usage of fake imagery on euro-notes: https​:​//​www.dezeen.com​/2013​/05​/02/​sam-​jacob-​opinion-​money-​design/

(These are some of the items collected during its months of activity)

1Lightbox. Part of the installation in Kettenburgerstraat (Amsterdam)
2‘It’s Partytime!’. Activist poster published on the occasion of a previous EU summit. (Amsterdam. Courtesy of René Boer)
3‘Vote Peace’. Hacked poster from the ‘Leave’ campaign for the ‘Brexit’ referendum of June 2016 in the UK. (London)
4Pan-African Flag. Copy of the original make-shift flag documented during a trip to the ‘Jungle’, in Calais.
5Pan-African Flag. Copy of the original make-shift flag documented during a trip to the ‘Jungle’, in Calais.
6‘Asielzoekers Zijn Okay’. Sticker produced and distributed by the artist Domenique Himmelsbach de Vries. (Amsterdam)
7Megaphone. (Amsterdam)
8Billboard. Part of the installation in Kettenburgerstraat (Amsterdam)
9Funeral Flowers. When Marine Le Pen visited Schengen in early 2016, she left a funeral wreath. (Schengen. Courtesy of Giuditta Vendrame)
10EU Campaign. Posters produced and distributed by Wolfgang Tillmans for the ‘Brexit’ referendum of June 2016 in the UK. (Berlin)
11NEE Campaign. Posters produced and distributed by the SP, the Dutch Socialist Party on the occasion of the the Dutch Ukraine–European Union Association Agreement referendum of April, 6 2016.
12Activist poster linking local and European politics (Bruxelles. Courtesy of Stefan Auberg)
13Sleeping Bag. (Amsterdam)
14Roof built from found materials, after the demolition of the ‘Jungle’ in Calais. Part of the installation in Kettenburgerstraat. (Amsterdam)
16Umbrella from the EU2016NL official merchandise. (Amsterdam)
15Roof built from found materials, after the demolition of the ‘Jungle’ in Calais. Part of the installation in Kettenburgerstraat. (Amsterdam)
17Resort Europa Flag and Stencil. (Amsterdam. Courtesy of Giuditta Vendrame)

Paolo Patelli (1984) is an architect and a researcher. Through his practice and collaborative inquiries, he engages critically and by design with space, society and technology – the latter including media as much as laws and institutions. As of 2017, he is based at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht; he teaches at the New School’s Parsons Paris; he collaborates with the Programme d’Expérimentation en Arts et Politique at Sciences Po. He received his Ph.D. in Architecture and Urban Design from Politecnico di Milano in 2015.

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