being | human comes to life in Spring 2023. A ‘creative and participatory experience’, that will be presented both online and at locations around Europe. Local participation in collaboration with emerging, professional and established artists is the project’s main feature, which aims to engage the local and wider community. Work produced along with contributed works will be offered for loan, share, sale or exchange.
Imagery and visual narratives would reflect on, record, observe and present, our common experience across generations, gender, culture and society. It is hoped that an annual travelling exhibition will evolve to show seasonally in different cities each year from 2023.
Nomadic and virtual exhibitions of this kind bring together objects and works collected and made locally, and can complement a carefully curated and themed central archive and catalogue. Artworks that depict, challenge, or symbolise social themes and topics, to reconstruct and observe original contexts, perspectives, and alternatives – all of which will give new insights and new ways of understanding human nature in the 21st century.
Prior to the launch of being | human there will be a series of ‘pop-up’ workshops in Barcelona and Dublin to compile, curate, and prepare works and presentations for the archive, catalogue and exhibition.
The preparatory process will include the online and print publication of the catalogue as an art book, and a periodical journal or less formal ‘zine’ which can interpret and promote upcoming developments and events. These would include biographies, themes, processes, mediums, and concepts, as well as examples and procedures of the curated works and their origins.
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Content will include experimental artworks, conceptual work using familiar arts media, and will feature sensory works using sound, light, smell, and feel. Creative photography, motion graphics, illustrated and voiced texts, collaborative art projects, social aesthetics and celebration, abstract observation and visualised thinking will all be part of the experience and ‘tell’ of past, present and future humanities.
The curated content will be locally identified and revised as it visits individual cities. Cultural sponsorship and support from ethical, local and multi-national stakeholders will be sought by way of workshops and cultural hosts and institutions, providing audience, congregation and cultural appreciation – carefully curated for everyone to experience, learn and enjoy.
Some of the work will be for sale with proceeds after costs going back to the artists and/or to non-profit community development, cultural charities, and local community arts workshops at each location.