We want to bring together sculpture, cutting edge music, light, sound, strobe and performance into one harmonious space: an exhibition that allows the worlds of visual art and classical music to collide through a series of collaborative installations and concerts.
Three artists and three composers will work together to create visual/aural artworks inspired by 20th Century visionary Arnold Schönberg, to be seen for two weeks only in February 2016 at Display Gallery, London, in an exciting exhibition that will also feature an opening night concert by the Dr K. Sextet.
We want to ask you to join us in supporting emerging artists and groundbreaking artwork at The Pierrot Studio, where you will receive exclusive access to our opening event – an opportunity to see our installations before everybody else and hear our composer’s music for the first time – as well as a host of other perks that money can’t buy anywhere else!
Our story so far...
In the summer of 2014, freelance curator Niamh White met up with composer Ewan Campbell and pianist Alex Wilson. Bringing together combined experiences drawn from across the artistic spectrum, they wanted to create events that combined both music and art, and establish opportunities for talented young artists and musicians to work together in unique, informal settings for large cross-arts audiences. It was here that The Pierrot Project was born.
Influenced by a shared love of Arnold Schönberg’s Pierrot Lunaire, The Pierrot Project has curated a number of integrated events influenced by this seminal masterpiece. We have performed the music of 18 composers and exhibited the artwork of 6 artists so far.
Listen to 'Eve' by Darren Bloom here - performed by The Dr K. Sextet and Lesley-Jane Rogers at The Pierrot Project's 'Entrances and Exits' concert in London, April 2015.
We have exhibited on a building site surrounded by an impromptu zombie apocalypse:
We have travelled back in time 100 years, re-creating the bawdy decadence of the German Kabarett:
'The Undemanding Lover' by James Whittle, performed by the Dr K. Sextet and Lesley-Jane Rogers at the Pierrot Kabarett.
We have showcased some of the finest artists and musicians working today, introducing audiences to new experiences and creating art of the highest quality:
Our next project: The Pierrot Studio
With our upcoming event The Pierrot Studio we want to take the next step in our collaboration. Our past events have featured musical performance and visual artworks displayed side by side: we now want to create something that is simultaneously visual and aural, creating a collision of the temporal and static in an entirely innovative exhibition format.
We are commissioning artists Tim A Shaw, Jörg Obergfell and Sara Naim to work with composers Ewan Campbell, Stef Conner and Chris Roe. They are creating collaborative works that explore Schönberg’s life, mind and work, for an exclusive 2 week showing at Display Gallery in London: 5th – 17th February 2016.
On Feb 4th the Dr K. Sextet will perform an opening night concert among the installations, featuring the world premieres of the live elements of our commissions. You will be able to find out more about the artwork and its thematic inspiration, meet all the artists involved and hear some great new music.
The Dr K. Sextet: Ilze Ikse, Flutes; Jessica Grimes, Clarinets; Fuensanta Zambrana Ruiz, Violin; Alice Murray, Cello; Rebecca McChrystal, Percussion; Alex Wilson, Piano.
Tim A Shaw and Ewan Campbell will take Schönberg’s study, or studio, as their starting point and will construct a skeleton, life size timber frame replica of this room, based upon photographs of the composer at work. Rather than presenting a stable or fixed piece of architecture, the installation will be much more akin to a psychic, virtual or imagined shell. The immersive room will include re-imaginings of Schönberg’s ‘musical’ sketches and painted self portraits.
Ineunt by Ewan Campbell, performed by the Dr K. Sextet and Lesley-Jane Rogers at The Pierrot Project's 'Entrances and Exits' concert, April 2015.
Sara Naim and Chris Roe will create a poetic and transient rendering of Schönberg’s moonscape in Pierrot Lunaire. Roe’s composition will be amplified beneath a shallow vessel of milk. As the speakers reverberate with the varying tones and frequencies of the music, the liquid will begin to ripple and embody the sound through the various geometric patterns that appear in it. Naim will illuminate the milk with a strobe every 13 seconds in reference to Schönberg's notorious triskaidekaphobia. She will create a series of frozen, sculptural moments, between which the audience will wait in darkness, absorbing the sound without vision.
In Search of Strategy by Chris Roe
Jörg Obergfell and Stef Conner will look specifically at the absurdist nature of Pierrot Lunaire and create a series of masks and musical motives around the various archetypal Pierrot characters. Conner’s compositions will be interwoven around a central, slowly developing theme of laughter. Obergfell will translate these characters into more or less abstract mask forms that draw inspiration from both folk costumes and modernist aesthetics.
The Lake Isle of Innisfree by Stef Conner
We are so grateful to every one of our Pierrot Studio backers – every pound will get us closer to achieving our ultimate goal of producing a show of the highest quality, and we really can’t thank you enough.
By supporting our Pierrot Studio Kickstarter campaign we will be able to offer you:
Exclusive exhibition opening
Access to the opening of the exhibition on February 4th: an event at which all the artists will be present, the installations will be unveiled and the composer’s new works will be performed – and an event for which tickets will not be available to purchase by the general public.
Unique artworks and playlists
Artwork from the artists and composers – from limited edition prints and entirely unique drawings to tracks hand picked by our composers.
Have a business or event of your own to promote? By supporting the Pierrot Studio we can also help you publicise yourself through our programmes, press material, website and on social media.
This is an example of an original drawing you will receive as a backer of The Pierrot Project. Equal importance is given to each colour in Tim A Shaw's sketched portrait of Arnold Schönberg. This alludes to Schönberg's use of chromaticism in his compositions, where all notes carry equal significance. It also references the stark colour contrasts in Schönberg's own self portraits.
This is an example of an original drawing by Jörg Obergfell you might receive as a backer of The Pierrot Studio.
Our musicians and artists are all ready and eager to begin their collaborations, but an exhibition of this scale and quality doesn’t come cheap! We have a total budget of £25,000, which will make sure all the artists, composers and performers get paid for their work. This money will buy us materials for the installations, will pay for technical equipment and artwork installation costs. We will be able to hire rehearsal venues, recording studio time, a piano and sheet music and, most importantly of all, will ensure drinks at all our events can be provided free of charge!
Every penny you can donate to our project will feed back into the Pierrot Studio production and artistic costs. You will be helping us create a new collaborative art form and support talented emerging artists and composers. This is your opportunity to join the growing Pierrot Project community and be part of something amazing!
Risks and challenges
We have a number of highly professional and talented collaborators and partners who, along with our own organisational experience from our previous events, should ensure that we can deliver this project on time. We estimate that all rewards are readily achievable within the suggested timeframe. We have backing from the wonderful organisations the 'Britten-Pears Foundation' and the 'Golsoncott Foundation', and we hope that your support, alongside all our other applications for funds, will help us ensure that the Pierrot Studio is a massive success, paving the way for future collaboration between our art forms.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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