CATPCCapital Area Tech Prep Consortium (Austin Community College; TX)
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Behind the main gallery, a reading room featured a shelf of scholarly books and documents, packaged self-portrait heads also cast in chocolate by two of CATPC's members (on sale at the front desk for forty-two dollars apiece), and a video monitor with slides of the group's activities and events.
In some sense, CATPC is a follow-up to that video, wherein the artist cynically instigates hapless Congolese youths to photograph and sell images of their sick, malnourished, and impoverished compatriots, just like Western photojournalists.
For better or worse, intellectual paralysis seems to be the dominant response to Martens's collaboration with CATPC and its closely related organization, the Institute for Human Activities (IHA), which has consumed all his energies since 2012.
Importantly, however, Martens intends CATPC to profit not just from the sale of these objects (too basic!) but from the critique around these objects--hence this starry lineup at SculptureCenter, the fourth panel in an itinerant series called "The Matter of Critique." Being the focus of attention from eminent critics and academics generates cultural prestige, and thus perhaps funding, although Martens suggests that the workers also benefit from these debates because their labor now produces surplus value.
At the same time, he clearly wants to have a positive impact on the area and the lives of CATPC's artist-workers.