'involving the audience'
As we celebrated our one year anniversary, we had time to process and evaluate our theme. In 2017, our participants' exchange flourished, inspired and birthed beautiful projects reflecting site specific research and experiences of communal living. Throughout the Kolla Festival 2016 we noticed that while we aimed to maintain site friendly art, we did not sufficiently take into account the most substantial part of our target group, namely, the festival audience.
Therefore, we took Antropical 2017 to continue with wider research on alternative exhibition and art production methods. The project's aim was to find a way to integrate artistic research within the context of the Festival. What is the relation between high culture and popular culture?
How do we deal with the conservatism in art when it becomes part of ordinary life?
Stepping into the Avant-garde’s foot steps we want to question the quality of art when it leaves its comfortable cocoon of the white cube and sets foot into the ordinary life. What is the value of the art object when it leaves the protected safe zone and enters a common space where citizens – or in our case the festival goers – interact unpredictably? What does art become when an art work is not evaluated with art-for-arts-sake criteria but according to its social surplus value?
Consequently, the Antropical residency 2017 was all about the audience and their role in artistic research. The most important goal was to create an exchange between the participants and eventually also with the festival goers. Although it was not required to make an interactive piece, it was necessary to integrate the research into the Festival setting and to think about how to transmit and promote the outcome to those who might not be interested in the arts nor in artistic research.
Seline Lenoire, NL
Umut Eldem, TK, BE
Marusa Uhan, SL
Monika Balukeviciute, LI
Ivan Strelkin, DE, ET, RU
Nina Petrov, RS
Henrik Kublick, DK
Cosima Baum, DE