What is citydrift?
Citydrift is a replicable meta-event qua group installation/art discourse composed loosely in different measures on Guy Debord’s Situationist concept of the derive or drift, Jan Hoet’s 1986 project in Ghent, Chambres D’Amis, and Colin DeLand’s playful reconfiguration of art fair paradigms with his “Gramercy Hotel” model. Replicable, because it is designed as something that can be reproduced in some variant fashion in different cities over time. Meta-event, because it is not exactly an exhibition, nor strictly speaking simply an art event, rather the concept is to be understood as a collective enterprise that brings together various strains of non-traditional art practices, organized under the operative philosophical umbrella of the derive.
The result is a walking exploration of the environment, outside of any normative understanding of movement (traveling to work, shop, appointments…). It encourages reinvestigation of overlooked areas (stairways, sidewalks, alleyways…) It is an attempt to reclaim, if only briefly, a place for art outside the universal sphere of commerce. Finally, the purpose of citydrift is not to claim some hidden knowledge of a city, but to “tease’ out newer understandings using all possible modalities, and viewpoints from both inside the art culture of a place, as well as those working in similar fashion outside of that place. Citydrift is in some ways an organizational fiction or conceit that ultimately seeks, at its core, only to establish that the way we understand art is inextricably linked to the way we experience it—so much so that, on closer view, it becomes quite hard to draw a concrete distinction between the thing being observed and the self that is experiencing it.
Conceived by artist Peter Hopkins, the first iteration of citydrift will occur in Bushwick, Brooklyn in September 2012.
Over a continuous, three-day period from September 7th – 10th 2012, there will be a series of intrusions by artists in the Bushwick neighborhood surrounding the gallery collaboratively organized by artist Peter Hopkins with several Bushwick galleries. Attempting to circumvent the standard hermetic interior presentation of art, Citydrift will locate art in unpredictable and unannounced exterior locations, effectively engaging the viewer as an active seeker and participant in the process of looking. On the opening evening, several galleries will serve as an empty starting point for “drifters” to enter the grid of Bushwick; to walk, find gestures, and then return to it over that night and the following days to discuss and relate their experiences.
Today we re-evaluate the concept of the drift, questioning the ability to locate “authenticity” itself within the contemporary world, and in this manner Citydrift will serve to critically test this historic concept through action and discussion. Created over the past three years by artist Peter Hopkins in a partial homage to his original gallerist Colin De Land, and the groundbreaking American Fine Arts Co. Citydrift treats the gallery not as a “container of meaning”, but rather as a starting point for creating meaning through direct individual convergences.
Citydrift is designed as a means for galleries themselves to connect to each other in this process. It will engage several Bushwick galleries (Momenta Art, Studio 10, The Bogart Salon, NurtureArt, Ethan Pettit Contemporary and more…) as host “nodes”, so that the participants will be leaving from and moving to other sites inside this urban “grid”. Panel discussions will follow on the weekend of the 8th and 9th that will focus on the curatorial initiatives that compose citydrift, allowing the event to act as a launching point to re-inspect what it means to make, exhibit, or write about art in this moment of doubt and uncertainty. Finally, Citydrift is imagined as a wandering art event that will start moving around the world in coming months and years, to Detroit, India and parts yet unknown.
Why we need your help
citydrift would not be possible without the efforts of its core team and all of the drifters. They include artists, poets,curators, sound artists, urban planners, architects, art world professionals and other cultural producers who are committed to finding genre-breaking interdisciplinary acts and gestures by which they can explore what lies at the core of making art.
Through your generous donation we will be able to pay the staff of citydrift and budget for travel and food costs for them as well as the hundreds of talented artists who are coming together to create this participatory and immersive experience. For your contribution there are one of a kind rewards that are priceless given that they are unique - all art work on offer is limited edition (see images of rewards below). Plus they are being created specifically for this groundbreaking project which we strongly believe will change the way the art world functions, not just in America, but around the world given its strong conceptual framework. By helping us you will be a part of a unique and important event, the effects of which we will see in the coming decades.
So what are you waiting for! Support us!
Details of the rewards for various contribution levels are listed on the sidebar. Meanwhile we wanted to show you images of the art work that you get to own for your support. We are very excited about it all and can't wait for you to get your hands on one of these!
$10 Reward: citydrift Vinyl Stickers.
$25 Reward: No Pessimism Anytime Poster.
$250 Reward: Original Art Work by Los Angeles based artist Elizabeth Saveri.
$300 Reward: Painting by conceptual artist Lisa Levy
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