Remember me? Remember getting together in December? Lets start 2015 with a bang by creating some art together. Here are LOTS of details:
Date: 13.1.2015 through 18.1.2015
Location: Schwabing/Maxvorstadt Munich at a Theatre Complex
Invited Artists: Munich Artists Group organised by Emmy Horstkamp
Project: Art Installation in association with David Russo and Jasmine Morand Theatre production
Information about David Russo’s and Jasmine Morand’s theatre production
Name: Grounds (s) Diptychon – Ground(s) is a diptych. Two pieces which exploit novel technologies in order to bring out specific atmospheres through the relationship between gesture and image, where motion, light and graphics operate in an inter-dependent and symbiotic way.
Underground – Underground is an installation inspired by peep shows and danced in real time by a woman and a man in a confined, intimate space. Set in a semi transparent structure with diagonal slits through which you can see clearly, the piece is inspired by Japanese bondage art. Inside the structure, a man and a woman move slowly, maintaining distance at first, restraining their energies until their bodies are finally confronted with each other. The tangled bodies move slowly at first, then gently crescendo into a frenetic pattern, where fragments of full- blown eroticism can appear, perceived as quasi subliminal images. The action unfolds in almost complete silence, where any noise from the dancers triggers the lights to switch off. This effect enforces a strangely breathtaking kind of intimacy, where people are invited to watch something which is both minimal and aesthetic, while being witness to something truly intimate, humanistic.
Playground – Three dancers are involved in a reflex game with increasingly complex rules which eventually turns into war-like conflict when an “object of desire” is introduced.Playground is at the cross-roads between performance and dance, using fully interactive video-mapping as a dynamic scenic tool, combining gesture, sound and image in a synergetic way.
At first, the piece developed as a simple reflex game between three dancers. Slowly the rules become more complicated, and transform the dynamics between the characters. The “playground” itself evolves and becomes a terrain where other, new rules develop and take over. Amid this, a cylindrical element is introduced and becomes an object of desire for these dancers and, naturally, the source of tensions and conflict. Invisibly, the playground becomes a war-game. The goal becomes to possess, win, to impose, to triumph. Gradually, as the alliances between the dancers are in turn made and undone, the fight for victory takes on more importance in the dynamic. As the rules and original causes of the conflict vanish from the game, the ultimate victory is taken by the dominating light and graphics which fight a war of shadows across the whole stage, dwarfing the embattled dancers by sheer size and intensity, underlining the absurdity of the conflicts unfolding on stage.
The video projections and sound-scape are influenced by the cylindrical element’s position in space, and react dynamically to movement. The graphics created and used in giant video projections were loosely inspired by the geometry of a chessboard and the constant opposition of light and darkness.
What happens when you take a popular game that everybody knows and modify one single element? Ryota Kuwakubo
Information about the Munich Artists Visual Artist Project
Munich Artists will create an art installation on the walls of the theatre foyer and the hallways leading to the two performances located in two different areas of the building.
All artists will be invited to come into the space on Tuesday and Wed to create artwork for themselves while the theatre artists are doing dress rehearsals. The directors want you to be inspired by their artists and the theatre performances.
Installation : Group Wall Collage
The artists who decide to participate will be encouraged to drop some artwork into a box (box is part of the theatre concept) and those artworks will be collaged and hung on one wall where the book will be located (A very big wall.) The artwork dropped off ideally will be created based on the visit to the space but artists will be encouraged to bring in old sketch books, art pieces, or found art to be ripped up and used for the collage. All artists will be offered the opportunity to collage and add layers until the performance ends on Sunday. All artwork brought to the theatre must be paper or canvas so that it will be light enough to hang from the wall without too much support.
Artists will be allowed to paint and draw on the collaged pieces. The only limitation for this collaborative art piece is that the subject matter must relate to the performance and whatever you add must make sense to the rest of the collage. (no bandstanding, advertising or tagging.) We will do minimal curation to remove inappropriate materials.
All supplies must be supplied by the individual artists. If you want to paint on the collage, please use acrylics. NO spray paint or oils. If you are a messy painter, bring a drop cloth. You will not be able to keep your selected art piece on the collaborative collaged piece. all collaged art becomes part of the whole and will not be returned specifically to you.
Installation: The Black Line
Selected artists’ artwork will relate to a black line that will be taped across all the walls and will connect the theatre rooms. The line will be continuous but not straight. The black line must be incorporated into the art pieces of the selected artists. The artists who create artwork off the line will be able to take their artwork home with them. All rights remain with the artists creating the pieces coming off the black line.
This part of the project is not open to all artists. If you want to be one of the ten artists working along the black line, please send an email to emmy (at) kyfio.com (If I don’t know you, please add a link to your portfolio.) We started choosing artists to fill the space and I will make the final decisions over the weekend based on how the artwork will flow together through the available space. (If you want to work as a team that is ok but you must show me artwork that you created already as a team of artists.)
All artwork should relate to the ideas described above about the play. Please do not use already created artwork. The directors want the energy to be from this specific site and performances.
Each registered artist (who comes in during the week) will be allowed to add a finished art piece based on the performance to a book which will be on display during the weekend.
The book will be a gift to David Russo and Jasmine Morand who are the theatre performance originators. All pieces attached to the book will be no larger than an A4 size (or will have to be folded up and inserted into the book). The artwork attached can be high quality digital prints of a piece created by the artist during the week or an original art piece. No art pieces attached to the book will be returned. No exceptions.
The book and the wall collage will be open to all Artists but you must register to work on the art piece and get access to the theatre space. Sign up sheets will be posted on the website on January 6, 2015.
Please do not go to the theatre unless you have signed up for a specific day. Please do not fret if I don’t pick you for one of the walls, you can work on the collage and put an individual art piece in the book for people to see. Please respect the performers preparing for their show. This is a stressful time for them and we are lucky to have this opportunity to invade their space.
13.1.2015 Tuesday -Artists create art in space, add artwork to book and work on collage wall
14.1.2015 Wed – Artists work on their selected spaces, create artwork based on the performances, work on collaged wall.
15.1.2015 Thursday – Art Exhibited
16.1.2015 Friday – Art Exhibited
17.1.2015 Saturday – Art Exhibited
18.1.2015 Sunday – (Take Down Art Pieces)
I will be making signup sheet where the artists will need to sign up for the days they would like to come in and do work. That way we know who is showing up and how many artists will be participating. I will post the signup sheet tomorrow January 6th 2015.
The theatre will open up early on performance days so people can come see the artwork before the show. (If your friends and family want to see the artwork but do not want to attend the theatre event.)
For the ten artists working on the black line, All artwork must be removed at the end of the performance on Sunday. If you want to take your artwork home, please reserve this day to take it down otherwise you release your rights to the art pieces you created and I can toss it or keep it. I will not hold artwork for anyone. (The space is just too big and I have a small car.)
If you want part of the group collage, I will be cutting the collage up into squares. All artists who participated in the event can have a square but they must be registered and leave a physical address for the piece to be mailed. No unregistered artists will receive recognition or a piece of the collaged artwork. No exceptions.
The hallway leading up to the peep show needs to encourage viewers to be quiet. This is a challenge for the artists given these walls to display their artwork.
I will be posting photos on January 6th of the space so you can see the walls we are working with for this installation.
Once you sign up for the project, you will be giving the location of the theatre.
David will have a press conference for the event and will talk about the artwork in addition to his theatre performance.
If you have any questions, please email emmy (at) kyfio.com.