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Dreaming in Full

Calling all artists who investigate interdisciplinary possibilities between 'visual art' and 'theater'. Immersive, extravagant, emotional, and dramatic - works that stretch the boundaries, rethink the definitions, and create experiences that spill over the expected between these two disciplines are welcome.

‘Dreaming in full’ seeks to explore this ‘theatrical’ element merged with the ‘visual art’ in a non - theatrical space.

It will strive to examine the element of ‘Theater’ in an art piece – not just through the presence of the ‘performing body’, but through the presence of other performative elements including lights, sounds, or text.

It hopes to questions including but not limited to:

  • What differentiates these (different?) modes of artistic expression?
  • Can a massive installation be a theatrical set placed in a gallery?
  • Can a kinetic sculpture be considered a ‘dancing’ or an ‘acting’ body?
  • Where do these differences originate and how can they be justified or reexamined?

Interested? Email dreaming@fringeartsbath.co.uk to submit. Deadline Monday 27 March 2017.

Curated by Radhika Prabhu.

 

Thursday
Mar162017

Image Inspirations

We are supoer thrilled with all the responses an dapplications we have been recieving, keep them coming! I thought it woudl be a good idea to share a few images that helped me while writing my curatorial note and that resonate with the theme :

(All credits mentioned)

  1. ‘Mystery Mark’

       Daniel Scott Morris (Image from the art direction for Viscosity Theatre), 2014

       www.dsmorris.com

 

 

      2. Malachi Farrell, Cover and Duck. (Large scale kinetic Installation)

          Photo source – Oblique London

Thursday
Mar162017

The Ideation

DREAMING IN FULL, and Interdisciplinary art exhibition, was born out of an investigation into two words which we use often - while describing visual art, we sometimes perceive it as being 'theatrical'; and while talking about a stage performance, we gush about its 'visuals'. I wanted to mesh these two mediums together and blur the 'boundary' between them.

 SYNOPSIS

Anthony Howell, in his book ‘The Analysis of Performance Art: A Guide to Its Theory and Practice’, has said that Bottom of Form‘Performance art is the "unconscious" of theatre. Dreams and traumas are the content of this unconscious, and the performer's art is to externalize these and enlarge them, so that they become available, ultimately, to the gaze of the other.’

‘Dreaming in full’ seeks to explore this ‘theatrical’ element merged with the ‘visual art’ in a non - theatrical space.

The main idea it aims to address is the possibilities of ‘interdisciplinary’ artistic creation through two main mediums – the theatre and the visual.

It strives to examine the element of ‘Theatre’ in an art piece – not just through the presence of the ‘performing body’, but through the presence of other performative elements including lights, sounds, or text. It raises questions as to what differentiates these (different?) modes of artistic expression.

Can a massive installation be a theatrical set placed in a gallery?

Can a kinetic sculpture be considered a ‘dancing’ or an ‘acting’ body?

Where do these differences originate and how can they be justified or reexamined?

How do artists manipulate the definition of these two words (either consciously or unconsciously) to make their artworks non-vulnerable to stereotypical interpretations?

The contemporary art world is rife with interdisciplinary approaches; yet the approach that makes this exhibition unique is its endeavor at extravagance – by not limiting the possibility of the mediums used and creating an immersive, engaging space of art works.  ‘Dreaming in Full’, is inspired by possibilities of extravagance in both medium and materiality.

MEDIUMS – ‘Dreaming in Full’ hopes to have Mixed-media/Multi-media installations, and time based works including videos and performance pieces.