Does this look like a museum ?
We had the opportunity to contribute in a spectacular event hosted by the Centre for Contemporary Culture Strozzina at Palazzo Strozzi, and curated by Riccardo Lami, who is as well our precious teacher of History of Contemporary Art.
Students of the third year and the first year of masters, had the chance to collaborate in almost every detail of this ‘happening’, by building up the space, performing, dancing, and spreading their energy around, guided by the Artist Collective from New York CHERYL.
The Cheryl Collective works in ironical and provocative ways, criticizing society, art and contemporary culture.
The concept of this one night event was to completely undermine the idea of museum, and instead of admiring silently and with awe distant works of art have real things HAPPENING.
A lot of work to be done, only three days to prepare everything and to get ready to perform.
Creating a whole set for the DJ was something that we loved making.
In other terms it was all about collaborating and interacting, everything is accessible to everyone, nothing no distance to anything, destroying the classical idea of what is art in a museum and be……….
some fun times were a necessity after the hard work
Rehearsing for the dance everywhere, the whole entire day, making sure not to make any mistake.
The experience was really interesting and very satisfying, especially after seeing the reactions of more or less 2000 visitors in just one night.
People actually felt free, they were expressing there emotions, ideas all over the place. trying any sort of material that they finding in the space, even writing slogans on the walls with the CHERYL’s special mix of fake blood, although it was not part of the plan.
The costumes disappeared, people were really creative in making a new look.
New or maybe not so new questions raised in our minds, the definition of what is Contemporary Art, and what are its boundaries, were the main ones that we wanted to ask others and ourselves.
Is there one answer?