ffooaamm is an itinerant archive and expansive group exhibition, an artwork and experimental platform for commissioning.
All of the components of ffooaamm, including record sleeves, are matte black and presented within a purpose made, minimal display unit.
Accompanying are a record player, amp, 4 speakers and a comfortable form of seating. An index catalogue details each record. An 8”x10” framed, abstract B&W Photogram accompanies the display, providing a visual counter point to sound.
Commencing in November 2013, ffooaamm will initially tour to 4 venues – AND/OR, Project Number and Banner Repeater – all contemporary art galleries in London and Spike Island, Bristol and Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge -both major centres for contemporary visual art, Other venues are being sought to tour ffooaamm beyond August 2014.
ffooaamm responds to a contemporary context in which cultural production is rapidly being digitally de-materializied. Our relationship to cultural objects is no longer predicated by a physical or social encounter. This has profound implications regarding how we interpret and understand artworks.
ffooaamm asks 100 contributing artists to consider this context and the potential of their commission as both immaterial audio and material object, an artwork that is then presented with others as a collective mass – an archive.
Along with their sound work, each artist will also create the label artwork in the centre of their record.
Each 12”vinyl record is conceived as a one off, unique, singular art-object. To preserve this art object status, records can only be listened to in a space in which ffooaamm is presented.
Including myself, a number of guest curators will invite artists to contribute to the archive. I am fortunate the following people have kindly agreed to help.
• Gareth Bell-Jones (Wysing Arts Centre)
• Marie-Anne McQuay (Spike Island)
• Tamsin Clarke (Furnished Space)
• Maria-Laura Ghindi (Orbits)
• George Unsworth (AND/OR)
• Ami Clarke (Banner Repeater)
• Anne-Marie Watson
• Chris Rawcliffe (Project Number)
Commissioned records will represent a broad range of contemporary art practice that uses sound - including music, spoken word and experimental sound.
Some invited artists primarily use sound, others work in another medium (i.e. video) or have a transferable practice (i.e. performance or writing). For some this will be their first opportunity to experiment with sound and the record format.
How do you interact with ffooaamm?
ffooaamm requires an audience to interact to activate each commissioned work. Audiences select, handle and play the work they want to listen too. Listening is social and communal, with immersive sound filling the space.
To accompany the first 4 showcases of ffooaamm a series of talks and live events have been programmed to allow as many people as possible to engage with the works made by the 100 artists.
Accompanying ffooaamm will also be a commissioned series of interpretive and responsive texts by invited contributors, guest curators and artists.
Studio Hato will design a book which will include details of all 100 records, copies of the label artwork and all of the commissioned texts.
Artist and musician Benedict Drew is creating a limited edition especially for ffooaamm, to help raise funds for the project.
Why I need your help:
ffooaamm will be showcased at credible venues, providing important validation at a key point in my artistic career. The gallery showcases will be my first major presentation in London and within a UK institution (Spike Island). Your support will help me make the most of this opportunity and ensure ffooaamm is a success.
ffooaamm is ambitious in scale and the total budget needed to realise the project is beyond my own personal means. I need to pay for the production of 100 one-off records, artist and speaker fees, sound equipment and the fabrication of a sculptural display unit.
I have undertaken a number of fundraising applications to help me raise the total money I need. However the funding bodies require me to raise some of the money myself, as a cash match to any funding they will give me for the project. Every £1 you give me will be matched with £10. If I reach my target then I will have the total budget I need. Your contributions are essential for me to make this project a reality.
In return for your support, I have some really great rewards which I hope will encourage you to support me.
Risks and challenges
This project is ambitious and there are a lot of challenges I have had to consider.
It is possible that I wont be able to commission all 100 records in time for November 2013. However I have some very able people supporting me to reach 100 artists. By working in this way I can also ensure the commissioned artworks are of a high standard and are appropriate responses to ffooaamm.
Given the positive response from artists so far and the people involved in making this project happen I am confident that all 100 records will be made in time and be of a high quality, with contributions from some really great artists.
In the event that ffooaamm is late in making the 100, all venues have agreed to be flexible with dates.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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