Nicolas Grenier, Vertically Integrated Socialism (2nd version, 2017)

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VERTICALLY INTEGRATED SOCIALISM (2ND VERSION / CENTRE CLARK, MONTREAL)
2017. ARCHITECTURAL INSTALLATION, 10 MINUTES SINGLE CHANEL VIDEO WITH SOUND, SERIES OF 20 LECTURE-PERFORMANCES
, DIMENSIONS VARIABLE.

Vertically Integrated Socialism is a theoretical economic model that imagines the simultaneous acceleration of social integration and ruthless libertarianism within the current dynamics of American capitalism. This conceptual premise takes the physical form of an apartment building, a fictional structure devised to embody social paradoxes. Narrated in a monologue over still images and 3D animation, the story follows the increasingly peculiar moral order that arises from the architecture.

This installation was created to present a new version of Vertically Integrated Socialism (originally presented at the 2015 Bruges Triennial), in the format of a 45 minutes lecture-performance. The installation also included the video Prelude to Vertically Integrated Socialism: A Few Words About Horizontality, which played on loop between the live presentations. The video and the installation reference each other in an exploration of architectural, ideological and social "infinities". The exhibition, as a whole, was a metaphysical reflection on social divisions.