Arcadia Missa is a gallery, research and publishing project run by Rozsa Farkas and Tom Clark, started in 2011, but building out of work the pair were carrying out as students at Central St Martins, surrounding institutional critique and self-education. They opened the gallery in February 2011 showing Lucky PDF and Warren Garland. Since then they’ve gone on to work with artists as various as Marlie Mul, Harry Sanderson, Clunie Reid, Hannah Perry, Jesse Darling, Katja Novitskova and Amalia Ulman. They work around presenting new and collaborative modes of art-making, in particular those that often situate digital culture within a wider conversation on the socio-political context of everyday life.
The gallery has been defined by their collaborative and conversational approach to showing artists, often overflowing into their programme of published works. So far entailing three issues of their in-house journal How To Sleep Faster, two ejournals, and their recently published first Anthology, a record of the Open Office project that ran through the second half of 2012. An attempt to address precarity as experienced by immaterial labourers working today, how ideological formations such as neoliberalism, democracy as consumer choice, and ‘instant’ communication have come to define the ways in which we work and create. Avoiding the fetishisation of the object and social relations of precarity itself.