Curated by Caroline Delieutraz and Stephanie Vidal
17th - 28th July, 2017
Making Contact is an online exhibition that focuses on artworks that have arisen from the collaboration between an artist and a cultural producer - amateur or professional - who can be identified within their field.
The six artworks selected for this exhibition are the result of a negotiation between artists and cultural producers who have very differing practices. Arnaud Dezoteux worked with a Keanu Reeves’ fan, (LA)HORDE with a small community of jumpstylers, Reija Meriläinen with a couple of Youtubers who destroy objects using a hydraulic press, Caroline Delieutraz with an ASMR specialist, Paul Heintz with a Chinese copyist painter and Marion Balac with ghostwriters 2.0.
The history of art is punctuated by artworks that have been produced in collaboration, with professionals of the art world and/or with outsiders, be they individuals or communities. More recently artworks have been made out of the gathering and utilization of content produced by other people on the Internet.
Making Contact aims to show collaborations that draw away from those manners in the production of making an artwork. Initiating a collaboration, the artist sets out a flexible framework in which the artwork that appears can be seen as the result of a negotiation.
Deciding to work with someone because of their creative competences, the artist chooses to take the chance of adding something to their own practice, the possibility of the unknown, unknown in both meaning of alterity and of unpredictability. It intends not to reproduce, nor to order, but to co-create; in other words to accept a leeway, the possibility for an error to occur, the willingness for a roll of the dice, that can change the direction that was supposed to be the intended one.
For each of the artworks presented in the exhibition we were interested in the various moments that built up the relationship between the collaborators: the first mail, making contact, in which the artist gets to introduce themself, their practice and their first intention, then the negotiation that leads to the production of the artwork, finally its reception within the respective universe of the collaborator. These three steps are constitutive and the final artwork proves it.
These negotiated artworks are an invitation to consider, from another perspective, the porosity, proximity and distance between fields that steadily reshape their boundaries. Making Contact is an exploration of those territories. The aims of this exhibition are not to qualify or define, but to show realities that extend beyond current modes of art practice.
Making Contact is curated by Caroline Delieutraz and Stephanie Vidal, written for the first edition of Slowly10, a project facilitated by KoProjects. Caroline Delieutraz is interested in the circulation of images, their capture and their collection within a screen world. Stephanie Vidal is interested in the intersection of art, technology, and information. She writes, teaches and conceives exhibitions about these topics. They were both born in the 80’s and live and work in Paris, France.
Curated by Joshua Byron
18th - 29th September, 2017
"dull fangs" reflects on the use of autobiographical anger as an affect, emotion, tool, a vessel for artists. How does anger work in art? How do we police who is allowed to be angry? Can we be happy and angry? Fully alive, yet full of rage. By examining art that deals with rage in a DIY context, we can trace the lines of loneliness, fear, surveillance, and breakthroughs.
Joshua Byron is a nonbinary video artist and writer based in Brooklyn and has been featured in the Indianapolis LGBT Festival, the Iris Film Festival, and various DIY art shows in Indiana, Los Angeles and London. Their writing has appeared in The Body Is Not An Apology and & Thriving. They enjoy self-help books, ASMR videos, and rose soap.
What You Don't Know
Curated by Jade French
14th - 23rd August, 2017
Learning disabled people are often accused of not ‘knowing’; a dangerous assumption that has also permeated this group's work as artists. This exhibition's title What You Don't Know deliberately disrupts and subverts this, providing a point of departure for these artists to articulate qualities about learning disability art which audiences may not be familiar with, or perhaps, have encountered before.
During this online exhibition curated by Jade French, audiences will encounter a spectrum of learning disabled artists, organisations and their supporters practicing across the UK and Europe. As well as sharing their artwork including an exclusive commission, some of those exhibiting have also contributed insights into their studio practices and process of making.
By bringing together articulations of the practice as seen through the lenses of these key artists, practitioners, researchers and organisations, What You Don't Know aims to platform a field of work which is still often overlooked in contemporary arts, illuminating what is a unique and growing terrain of practice.