As the collaborating artists are developing their work and soon to begin posting about their process here, I wanted to provide a precursor to their process by sharing a little bit about mine. While I am not physically participating in all of the work that will be represented in the final exhibitions, I am creating an opportunity for a collaborative experience primarily through social engagement.
My motivation behind this whole experience was to integrate and accommodate individuals from my surrounding communities while assessing how these individuals art practices’ inform each others’ and the community.
Inspiring influences has been not only about the action of coming together, but also about an inquisition focused around how this social action of coming occurs and identifies the causes and outcomes.
With all of that being said, I wanted to go back to the very beginning of the Why, When, Where, & How, did this all start?
Last semester (Fall 2014), I was an intern at the Dance Complex. On the first day of my internship my supervisor Kara Fili, the Manager of Community Engagement and Education, went over everything I would be doing during my time as intern. After going through all of the administrative work I would be helping out with and the other responsibilities I would take on, Kara told me she wanted me to think of a project I would do that would be my own. It could be anything I was interested in doing that stemmed from my position as intern at the Dance Complex. After bouncing around a few ideas with her I realized that I was most interested in developing a shared experience that would be built around the ideas of community and creating a collaborative opportunity that would bring together many different artists. I was attracted to the idea of providing an opportunity to others by using my opportunity.
I had so many overlapping ideas about community and collaboration it took me a while to sort it all out. From here I had to sit down and really think about what it was that I was trying to do.
In the midst of a wild writing frenzy I found some concepts and objectives to start with. Below are some raw notes that I made for myself that I dug up from back in October:
–inspire influences: How the artists influence each other, how the mediums influence the artist, how the artists’ practice inspire each other, how the work/collaborations influences the community.
–Community- As humans we thrive on community and can flourish. There are so many communities within the greater Boston art community. how do we build on this? How can we create an expansion of community in the Dance Complex? At Mass Art? Surrounding these communities? What about the communities within these communities? Meta community?
- Bringing together artists of different disciplines from neighboring communities to collaborate and work alongside each other on a common concept.
- Recognizing and working towards how each medium informs the others
- Providing an opportunity and outlet for artists to explore each others disciplines and share these explorations with the Boston community
- Developing a multifaceted exhibition for the public to experience the explorations and connections made through this collaboration
- inquire: why arts of different mediums need each other / how artists of different mediums inspire each other
So hopefully all of this context and language I have shared gives everyone an idea of where Intersections: Inspiring Influences is coming from.
As we continue on I plan on sharing more about the whole process. I feel this strong emphasis on process–investigating it, developing it, sharing it, archiving it– because I feel it is directly correlated to the statement I made earlier on in this lengthy blog post:
“My motivation behind this whole experience was to integrate and accommodate individuals from my surrounding communities while assessing how these individuals art practices’ inform each others’ and the community.
Inspiring influences has been not only about the action of coming together, but also about an inquisition focused around how this social action of coming occurs and identifies the causes and outcomes.”