Wednesday, 9 December 2009

The Space, a building: drive by art

In the last week I've spoken to a few people about what kind of space I might use for the project. The space needs to be semi-permanent and able to move easily, suitable to house artists and an exhibition, ideally not bring a narrative to the work and be fully accessible. Lots have people have asked me about using either spaces that are not usually used for the arts, like village halls, or unused spaces and bringing them back to life. Both of these ideas are very interesting and very good suggestions however I can help but feel like by doing this it's a different project to the one I want to develop.

Ideally I would like to create spaces that doesn't already have a representation or a narrative. The space should be somewhere that can represent contemporary art and something new that will break boundaries in Somerset and raise the level of quality space available.

One of the conversations I've had in the last week introduced me to the idea of 'Drive-by art' and how these spaces could be visually aesthetic in their own rights. They could be created as a piece of architectural art that sits within the rural landscape and generates conversation amongst communities. This in turn would create an interesting level of engagement by the passers by, by the busy-bodies that wonder what the space is doing down the road and would generate an audience before they even step inside therefore raising awareness. Would this in turn create a feeling of ownership and pride amongst the communities and areas that the space visits, in the same way that The Angel of the North provides communities from the North East of England (obviously not to same the scale, yet)? Does Drive-by art not only create interest, conversation, ownership and pride but also represent the setting and and raise awareness of the arts activity happening in that environment? I believe so.

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