XAP (Cross Arts Projects) are thrilled to have been awarded a residency at artist Yinka Shonibare's Guest Projects in Hackney, London. We'll be taking over the studio for the month of January 2014 and are excited to have this opportunity to work together on our ideas, and to explore what art can be and what it can do.
We're creating an exhibition/installation/evolving art project - and we want people to come in, explore it with us and help it take shape! We'd like your support in enabling us to achieve our goals as we tackle our biggest, most ambitious project to date. As rewards for your support, we have lots of brilliant, original and limited-edition art works, created by XAP artists.
XAP are recent graduates of Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London. We've been curating and exhibiting together for over 5 years in galleries and spaces in and around London. We have been inspired by JG Ballard's short story, 'The Thousand Dreams of Stellavista', a dystopian, futuristic tale of a house that comes to life, by feeding on the memories of its past inhabitants, and manipulating the behaviour of its new occupants. It's quite bizarre and a little bit weird.... this is the effect we want to create with our work.
Art and Technology
We are creating the interior of our own 'Psychotropic House' - and each of us is producing a different room or feature of the House within Yinka's studio. We are using an innovative fusion of art and interactive technologies to make our Psychotropic House come alive. XAP have already created several interactive installations using this technology, and our audiences have responded enthusiastically. But this is bolder and bigger than before.
The Psychotropic House will be programmed to react to your presence. Your moods and actions will influence the House...the responsive Lounge will react to your touch; your Twitter feeds will influence the House's ambience; a projected stairwell will burrow into the floor; walls will drift; wallpaper lives; non-humans inhabit the attic; images will whisper in the gallery; and paintings will come to life in the live painting performances. The House invites everyone to come and take part....
Engaging our audiences
XAP create a lot of art in public places - schools, parks, woods, shops - so we are experienced in working with people who wouldn't normally come across art. We love this! We want to open the world of art to as many people as possible, and in doing so, further explore and develop our own ideas of what art can be. So as well as the House being open to the public, we have developed a programme of events for local community organisations, to encourage a wide range of visitors to the House. We will have a Big Draw event for families and school visits. We will also host a Symposium in the House, to contribute to the contemporary art debate.
We want to make sure that visitors living with visual impairment also have a spine-tingling experience in the Psychotropic House. So we are working with a specialist advisor to make sure the House is accessible and engaging to all the senses, including touch and sound. The money we raise through Kickstarter will be specifically used to train us in delivering audio description, as well as enhancing the multi-sensory parts of the Psychotropic House installation.
...for reading and for your support! We are very excited about our Residency, and the opportunities it offers us to work collaboratively in creating the Psychotropic House. With your support we can make it a more accessible, richer, multi-sensory experience for all audiences. Thank you!
We would also like to acknowledge the help and support of Yinka Shonibare's Guest Projects for hosting the Residency; John Thomas for advising on visual impairment; Jeremy Millar, Dean Kenning, Sheep Dalton and Meriel Jeater for agreeing to speak at our Symposium; the Department of Computer Science at UCL and the Lawes Agricultural Trust for donating and loaning equipment respectively.
For all the relevant details, see the panel on the right! These are just some of the images of the work on offer.
Risks and challenges
You'll be happy to hear that the risks are minimal with this project. We have already been given the use of the Yinka Shonibare's studio at no cost for one month through winning the competitive bid. Plans for our work are well under way and we will create the Psychotropic House using our own funds.
As all of the pledges are our own artwork, they are ready and waiting to be sent out to you.
Your pledges are enabling us to enhance the project significantly. If we don't get full funding, the Psychotropic House will go ahead, but in a less exciting, more limited way.
There are artistic risks associated with such an experimental project, mixing traditional art techniques and technologies. But this experimental aspect can have its upsides: often mistakes or problems result in something surprising and lovely.
As the project takes place in January, another risk is a sudden snowfall. The workshops and events may have fewer people than expected or, in extreme cases, may be cancelled. However, there are 11 participating artists in XAP, most of whom live in London so it is our intention to be open as promised.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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