The project MOVE W I T H (OUT) is a further curatorial enquiry based on 2012 Something Human’s multidisciplinary project W I T H (OUT).
Set within the residential space of a converted Victorian flat, Brockspace, W I T H (OUT) brought together an interdisciplinary selection of artworks such as mixed media, photography, installation film, performance, talks and workshops, which questioned the notions of “home”. Addressing an increasingly unstable global economic landscape, and drawing upon polynational understandings of the living space, the exhibition explored the ambivalent relationships between the interior and the exterior that plays out over issues such as identity, borders and migration, belonging and longing, and the tensions of navigating between the different spheres.
To further this curatorial enquiry, MOVE W I T H (OUT) turns this scope upon itself by creating a portable version of the exhibition to bring the works as a temporary performative intervention to cities across the world.
Initially working with artist, Valerie Grove, the old–style valise trunk was modified to house the exhibition, such that this trunk references travelling showcases and opens up as a performative spectacle. Artworks of photography, mixed media, ceramic sculpture, found objects, specially re-created by artists for the trunk are shared, and a programme of moving image works will be screened on portable tablet technologies.
At each new destination city, the MOVE W I T H (OUT) trunk is carried along a planned route that moves from a central terminal to locations of socio-cultural significance, whereby the travelling exhibition is opened for short periods. This perambulation references parallel migratory paths already taken. The physical gestural efforts involved not only make explicit the “curatorial crabwalk” involved in travelling exhibitions, as cited in Susan Hapgood’s article, but also imitate similar stop-start exertions of previous migrants and travellers. Upon reaching the host gallery/art space, the exhibition trunk is displayed. Thereupon, a work by a local artist is placed in the trunk to be taken on route, and a work from the trunk is placed in the host space. This exchange of works not only symbolizes the cross-cultural transaction but also follows the narrative of the travelling/migrating, where objects are taken up and left behind continuously.
Artists include: Nicola Anthony, Zsuzsa Bakonyi, Sarah Choo Jing, John Clang, Mauro De Giorgi, Adolfina De Stefani, Nina Feldman, Valerie Grove, Howard Hardiman, Gloria Houng, The Huddle, Andrea Inocêncio, Lynn Lu, Marija Milosevska, Jakrawal Nilthamrong, Bill Psarras, Ana Rodić, Samin Son, Carlo Michele Schirinzi, ShakinArt, Malvina Tan, Ines Von Bonhorst, Jason Wee.
With thanks to previous contributing artists (Berlin, London and Rome stops): Caroline Christie and Bobby Lloyd, Yingmei Duan, Amanda Gutierrez, Gourmandizing London, Lucia Lopez, Penzo + Fiore, Helen Omand, , The Light Surgeons, Clemens Von Wedemeyer.
MOVE W I T H (OUT) STOPOVERS:
#1 Berlin 7th June 2013, Kreuzberg, in collaboration with G30.
#2 London 15th June 2013, Deptford, Enclave Block Party | 22nd June 2013, Brockley, Midsummer Fayre
#3 Rome 13th July 2013, in collaboration with Galleria D’arte Vista
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