Who invented the desk?

Bouvard and Pecuchet’s Invented Desk For Copying

Please join us Wednesday, March 30 at 6:30PM for a conversation about the desk and the current location of work with Christian Rattemeyer and Gareth Long.

The talk is the first in a series of public programs that respond to Henri Lefebvre’s short essay Preface to the Study of the Habitat of the ‘Pavillon‘ and address his question ‘What does it mean to inhabit?‘. The programs invite artists and critics to appropriate the resources of the project environment as a subject for public research and proceed with an awareness of the contradictory terms (building, making, arrangement, dwelling, etc.) that inform its conduct and vocabulary.

Project 1 will feature the work of Gareth Long and adopts his projects Bouvard and Pecuchet’s Invented Desk For Copying and “Who Invented the Desk?” as a starting point for a public talk and workshop.

The workshop will occupy the space Thursday and Friday, March 31-April 01, 2011 from 12:00-6:00PM

– The desk is both never invented and perpetually invented
– There is no singular moment of invention for the desk.