Frontyard Residency

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A TWO-WEEK RESIDENCY PROJECT WITH ARTIST TOM MALEK (April 2018)

Artist and curator occupy the Frontyard library for 2 weeks to rummage through its rich archive and create a collage a day. Each day, within 5 hours of arrival into the space, artist places an analogue collage under the glass cabinet. The collage is inspired by and made from the things found in the library (and maybe on the grounds of Frontyard). Neither artist nor curator can bring any of their own materials nor tools into the space. Texts and images found in the library books are used by photocopying them on the Frontyard library’s risograph. No book is damaged. 

Artist can make only one collage a day, resisting desire to over-create and pressure to over-produce. The size of each day’s collage can however vary (there is no limit to the scale). If the collage is finished before the 5-hours mark, the artist is allowed and encouraged to relax (be bored even). An exercise in leisure and reclaiming the right to pause. 

Each day the collage under the glass cabinet is replaced with a new one (like changing of the guards). The photo of the day’s collage (sitting in the cabinet) is taken by the artist, then printed with the time and date corresponding to the exact moment the collage is placed under the cabinet.

At the end of the residency, on the 14th day, guests are invited over for dinner and to see the final day’s collage exhibited under the cabinet + 13 photos of the past days collages exhibited in the dining area. Other kinds of happenings might occur during the final dinner if the 14 days residency inspires other ideas.

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FRONTYARD RESIDENCY TERMS AND CONDITIONS:


WHAT ELSE? 

During 14 days of the residency a video camera is stationed in the room to record the process (this camera can be moved around if and whenever the artist and / or the curator desire). The recorded video functions as the documentation of the process.

Alongside video recording there is also an audio recording (via zoom recorder) of the conversations that the curator and the artist (and maybe other people found in the space) have. They bring in the space stories of the day; perhaps they talk about these. Perhaps the audio records the comments they make as they go through the books and the objects in the library. Curator might be asking artist about his process and decisions he makes. Perhaps they talk about some philosophical concepts. Anything could be recorded. Perhaps there is a lot of silence too. Like video recordings, these audio recordings are also a document of the residency.

Once the Frontyard residency is done, the artist and the curator go back through the audio and video recordings and create:

1. A sonic collage (duration tbc)
2. A video collage (duration tbc)

The final stage of the residency is an exhibition consisting of collages, large scale installations, sound and video art, etc.