The project: Floating World - an art exhibition in 3 parts
Between 6 June and 14 July 2013, I will be organising a solo exhibition entitled Floating World at Kingsgate Gallery in North West London. The exhibition will be in three distinct parts, each part lasting for two weeks.
I am a visual artist and a curator based in London, working with videos, installations and photographs. Since graduating from Goldsmiths College in 2001, I have exhibited regularly both in the UK and abroad including touring solo exhibitions in Japan, as well as curating several exhibitions to date.
You can find out more about me at: kaznet.org
About the exhibition
The title of the exhibition, Floating World, is a literal translation of a Japanese word ukiyo which alludes to the fleeting nature of the world. The word also refers to the everyday life and the pleasure-seeking aspects of Edo-period of Japan (1600-1867) with the underlying notion of the evanescence.
Given the increasingly fluid nature of the world, aided by rapid technological advancement, which presents us with increasing sense of uncertainty, the exploration of the ideas associated with ‘ukiyo’ or the floating world seems relevant and timely.
The six week exhibition will explore various aspects of the ideas presented by the term ‘ukiyo’ and exhibited works will change on a regular basis with three distinct parts to further reflect the implied state. Special performance event will take place at the opening night of each of the three parts.
Each part explores different aspects of the floating world, including the fundamental transient state underlying the everyday and how we might be affected and respond to this transiency.
PART 1 OF THE EXHIBITION: Site-specific video installation work using rotating mirrorballs will be exhibited in the first part of the exhibition. White noise, of analogue television, projected and reflected by mirrorballs provide a constantly shifting visual landscape.
PART 2 OF THE EXHIBITION: The following two weeks will feature a two channel video projection work, Nozomi, made in collaboration with a poet, Peter Jaeger. The work introduces movements in the form of a train journey and the constant stream of sub-title text in order to question where the movement takes us.
PART 3 OF THE EXHIBITION: In the final part of the exhibition, Stefano W. Pasquini, an Italian artist based in Bologna, will be invited to exhibit cacophony of works, using wide variety of media, along with Kaz’s minilmalist, site specific installation work consisting of A4 papers and UV lighting. He will also be doing performance works on the opening night.
ABOUT STEFANO W. PASQUINI
Sculptures often constructed from discarded materials, paintings, performances or ‘utterly useless actions’, photographs, videos podcast and social media are some of the wide range of media Stefano W. Pasquini employs in his prolific output of works.
These works are in a sense, a social commentary on the proliferation of ‘non-sense’ and contradictions that he experiences on a daily basis both in Italy, where he lives, and in the rest of the world. Through whatever medium that is available to him, his practice is concerned with questioning such a state as well as exploring and presenting the possibility of everyone to fulfil their creative potential. He often uses social media such as facebook in an attempt to actually realising Joseph Beuys’s idea that ‘everyone is an artist’.
You can find out more about Stefano W. Pasquini at: www.stefanopasquini.net
Funding needed for
There are numerous expenses involved with putting on an exhibition, especially when inviting an artist form overseas. I have decided to ask for your help on the following aspect of the exhibition.
1) To invite Stefano W. Pasquini over from Bologna, Italy, to enable him to produce/install his work as well as to do a special performance on the opening night of the third part of the exhibition on 4 July.
• We need funding for return flight from Bologna to London
• Accommodation in London
• Small per diems for his essential daily expenditure
• Shipping his work back once the exhibition is over
2) Production of exhibition leaflets which will be printed in A3 and folded into third of an A4 size. This can also act as invitations to be posted to selected people including those of you who are making contribution towards the exhibition.
3) Drinks for the opening nights. There will be three opening nights, each with a special event. Providing drinks is a common practice in Art openings as a way of ensuring that the visitors stay to take in the work.
There are various rewards including publications, prints and drawings that make up the rewards. Showing all of these will take up too much space, so here are selected examples.
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Risks and challenges
Putting on an exhibition requires good organisation and hard work. To put on three exhibitions within an exhibition will therefore mean even more of a challenge.
Having curated several group exhibitions successfully in the past, some with funding of over £5,000, I trust that I am capable of managing this ‘multiple exhibitions within a single exhibition’ project. It will provide me with a great challenge which will be beneficial for me and I hope that the successful execution of the project will also provide an interesting and illuminating experience for those who visit the exhibition.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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