Social Pudding was a collaboration project done back in 2003 through with Superflex and Rirkrit Tiravanija focussing on social engagement through the exchange of different puddings. The work itself was to address the communities in Leipzig with dynamic workshops and events at the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst. Instead of being interested in the fabric of society the project was more interested in the puddings in society. The product was a combination of layers made up of orange and coconut.
Social engagement is an element that could possibly be explored throughout site venue. This could be done through the use of teas and the different flavours. This could again similar to the Social pudding make the public engage with one another and create conversations about something they wouldn’t normally. Was this exhibition controlled and maybe this is what sparked conversations over certain things? Could a similar controlled environment be created by myself?
As site venue is only beginning, we needed to come up with potential ideas what we would like to do in the space, 3 doors up. Below are some notes that have been taken during the session.
Offering to the party that is already there?
Different aims & targets for demographics
Shopping Mall is generic
Tea is a social beverage. could this be a safe space? What kind of people are you going to be inviting in?
Tea – the tension between people and breaking it through social engagement.
SHOP DATES: 17th – 25th APRIL 2018
Site-specific – relationships between the work & the dynamic
The Shop is the artwork
Environmental art – 60s which became installational art
Tea shop –
food dye the tea and see if the colour would change the experience of them tasting the tea.
Natural food colouring
creating anaesthetic to go with this.
Starbucks – uniformed
Family owned – not uniformed
Pushing the library out?
Tea event – making the tea. making the cups and also drinking
Secrets, Catholic confession booth. Maybe swap tea for a secret. THE TEA DOESN’T NEED TO BE CONNECTED!
Disposable camera, take one photo of what makes them feel comfortable.
What else can we provide to make people feel comfortable?
PARTICIPATION! CONCEPTUAL LOOK?
Community task or Artist project?
Think about the clothing
what if it is a museum?
What would the artefact be?
If we were selling something what would it be?
As my initial idea was creating a tea stall, which would involve a social experiment based on different types of teas and which one would be preferred more. As this was an idea other people within the group began to get carried away with this and wanted to expand it into a whole event and take over the whole space, changing it from a social experiment to a piece of group work.
The set up of my working I thought was going to take a lot longer than what it actually did. In total it took about two hours giving myself enough time to help do small jobs around the studios and help peers with the set up of their own work.
Taking a lot less time to set the work up is probably down to planning that had commenced before the show and knowing how it would look.
Initially, I was given a different space than the one I have now. The space I had was slightly too small for all three pieces, however, the space I have now has given that extra bit.
Below is the map with my previous space and my current space.
As the new space is now by the main entrance/exit it allows it to be more visible and seeks more attention and this would have not been the case if it stayed in the original place.
The arrangement as I did state previously did become a random one. It did not follow any of the arrangements that I created in my sketchbook and down to my own personal preferance, this is the stronger one.
Overall, I am extremely pleased with what I have produced in my first year of my degree. I have created a body of work that explores my own and societies obession and idolisation towards the celebrity world. My work has shown the influences that idols have on a person and how it can change them physically and mentally.
This piece of work I have seen several times before at the Tate Modern however when visiting it this time I was at a point in my own practice where I wanted to start showing a connection in the work.
Red explores diverse scenes and subjects based in Ukraine about political and military parades and also gives snapshots of families and friends showing emotional connections towards one another all of this aside none of the pictures has a significant event connected to them the reoccurring theme within all of the images is the colour RED!! From reading the description I became apparent that the red represented the Soviet. In Russia red is seen as beauty, blood and the flag, however, it is also about communism and quite possibly this is what the work is about.
To have a reoccurring factor in your work is one that will begin to take place in mine. It shows connection and uniformity in any work that is created and could quite possibly be shown by using:
Orlan, an artist that shocks, makes heads turn and makes you owe in amazing. All of this is shown through the dedication she has to her work and how far she will actually go to show self-expressions by botching her body. Surgeons have done cosmetic surgery on her to make her look like the Mona Lisa and she has also offered skin grafts to celebrities like Madona.
In a Guardian article, it states that an ectopic pregnancy is what started her creative path, the surgeon that performed the surgery on her was a ‘priest’ to her. Her crew were there to film and the idea of surgery was to play an important part in her work. She explains “Pain is an anachronism. I have great confidence in morphine.”
Her career is about rebirth and re-inventing herself with technology and going under the knife, changing her appearance. May would question the reason behind these surgeries and why? Is she doing it for her appearance? For self satisfaction? No, she proudly states “my goal was to be different, strong; to sculpt my own body to reinvent the self. It’s all about being different and creating a clash with society because of that. I tried to use surgery not to better myself or become a younger version of myself, but to work on the concept of image and surgery the other way around. I was the first artist to do it,” From this statement, it shows an artist taking Western art to a new level and making herself a walking gallery.
The work Orlan has performed on herself is linked to the idea of my practice by becoming something you are not. Becoming a being that is strong, striking and confident. Also being influenced by a figure/ thing to become different and to be unique.
The fascination with Warhol grows deeper as I read more and research more work. Much of his work wasn’t made by himself he usually had a team that would help and he sure would need it to make humungous prints. However, aside from his practice, Warhol had created this scene/ environment where aspiring artists would surround Warhol creating an art circle.
The photographs above were taken by Stephen Shore who captured moments from inside The Factory over three years where secrets would be revealed in years to come.
“Contrary to the pop-culture mythmaking around the art studio that has prevailed in the years since, the world the photographs depict isn’t one of the glamorous parties and anarchic debauchery. Instead, we see Edie Sedgwick using the Factory’s only payphone, Lou Reedsplayed on a couch like a gangly teenage boy, and even Nico sitting at Shore’s parents’ kitchen table, being fed matzohs by his mother. These are photos of quiet, bored moments, as well as the hard work of Warhol’s constant processes of making: silk-screening, shooting films, installing exhibitions, and only the occasional party.”
The paragraph explains that pop-culture isn’t what communities think it is and that it is the complete opposite of the ideology that has been created. It shows these celebrities and artists involved with the pop culture are your regular everyday person once behind closed doors. It proves that these people have different personas that are seen by different people.
Playing with persona’s will be involved in future work that I plan on creating whether that be during this project or future ones. They question is though how can I create an atmosphere where people will be able to get the hint to relax and rewind, however, create a different persona when confronted by people that are out of this environment.