Friday, June 8, 2007
What's In A Name?
Today Ji and I gave our lectures at the National Museum of Visual Art in Bishkek. The topic of my presentation was “What is Public Art” and I showed the range and variety of public art from street art to million-dollar percent for art projects. Ji presented his 3D Alphabet, Abstractor, Circle Numbers and of course the Bubble Project. At the end of the question-and answer period Ji put out bubble stickers and pins. They went like hot cakes (or the Kyrgy equivalent). One guy took half the stack. The crowd was very receptive and thoroughly enjoyed our presentations, though we wished more artists attended.
After lunch we went back to the City of Artists (City) to meet the artists we’d be spending the rest of the time in Bishkek with. We introduced ourselves and began the process.
Shaarbek explained his vision for the City and we came up with three tasks:
1. Develop an identity. 2. Create a public art project that will encourage a collaborative environment between the younger emerging artists and the older, better established ones. 3. Create an ongoing program that will foster that collaborative environment long after we’re gone.
The first exercise was to come up with a name. This name will be the new identity of the City. We started with a brainstorm and the early contenders are: Dry-cleaning (the place used to be a drycleaners), Artarium, Noise!, Art-Bish, The Bubble, Experimental lab, and many more. This exercise opened them up to the process and to us and also got them ready for the homework. They, and the people they invited, are each required to bring at least 10 names to tomorrow’s workshop and their artwork or the work that inspires them. The goal is to have a name by the end of the day tomorrow.