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Ashok Sukumaran, Postscript on the Order of Networks (detail), 2011, fourteen posters, each 16 1/2 x 16 1/2". From “The City Is a Burning, Blazing Bonfire.”

“The City Is a Burning, Blazing Bonfire”

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Ashok Sukumaran, Postscript on the Order of Networks (detail), 2011, fourteen posters, each 16 1/2 x 16 1/2". From “The City Is a Burning, Blazing Bonfire.”

This group show, curated by Fiona Parry, deftly brought together the work of three artists and one collaborative project, all linking art, energy, and ecological systems. Taking its title from Henri Lefebvre’s characterization of the city as a blazing site of powerful flows, interlinking colossal quantities of physical and human energy, it poignantly assembles various artistic dealings with the urban environment from distinct geopolitical and aesthetic approaches. A seventeen-minute video by Deimantas Narkevičius, Energy Lithuania, 2000, explores the history of Elektrènai, a town built in the 1960s to support a power station in the Baltic state, which was then part of the Soviet Union. Archival footage of people swimming in the lake that was created to provide cooling water to the power station represents the good life of modernization, while a voice-over describes how “nobody

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