October – December 2005 | UnionDocs Brooklyn

UnionDocs presented an open studio exhibit of Plans for other days, by the Janfamily, a London-based art collective. Structured as a long list of suggestions for alternative everyday actions, Plans for other days is a kind of whimsical instruction manual. Published in book form in September of 2005 by Booth-Clibborn Editions, it’s full of How-To’s (How to get in touch, How to make an instant shelter), all illustrating practical solutions to too-often overlooked needs.

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For two days in the UnionDocs gallery space, the JanFamily and members of UnionDocs interpreted these instructions with photography, video, sound and sculptural projects. Visitors were welcome to come and observe the creative process, which culminated in an opening screening and presentation.

Founded by Nina Jan Beier and Marie Jan Lund, both graduates of London’s Royal College of Art, the Janfamily share a unique approach to life. They have created an exhibition and publishing platform structured around simple, personal works that take everyday life as their starting point. The group includes an open network of collaborators who take the middle name ‘Jan’ for the duration of the projects with which they are involved.

Plans for other days has visited the V1 Gallery in Copenhagen, the M+R Gallery in London, the Lungomare Gallery in Bolzano, Italy, and the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the Queen Nails Gallery in San Francisco, Sundown Salon in L.A., BANK Gallery in Paris, Bratislava, Prague and Lubljana.

Selected Video

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