26 February - 1 March 2014
DIALOGUES WITH CAMILO FRANCO. WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE CONTEMPORARY ART?
In more than one sense, interpreting contemporary art is ‘making’ contemporary art. Becoming a part of the intention or of the discourse of each piece is a way of rounding off its identity. But perhaps it is an old-fashioned or hackneyed approach, because ‘interpreting’ seems to be the only way of participating in things. Another aspect of contemporary art.
Another task is knowing how people, citizens, spectators or visitors participate of contemporary art; what is their level of interpretation and, therefore, how they become involved. They can participate through experience or through fantasy, through curiosity or disbelief. Conversing with the public is the most direct way of finding out.
This is the aim of Would You Like to Be Contemporary Art?: to assault—in the best sense of the word—spectators at the Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea and ask them for their opinion.
It will be more of a guiding experience on how each individual reacts to the spaces that are opened up by the art works, rather than a statistical study. The project also offers the possibility of referring to the commemorative exhibit 93 to weigh up the perception of contemporary art and the work that has been carried out at the centre since it opened.
The interviews will be carried out over a period of four days during the centre´s opening hours.
The encounters will last approximately 15 minutes and will start at the hall of the CGAC from where they will continue to the exhibit 93, which occupies the centre´s three floors.
A portrait will be drawn of each person interviewed, in the space they choose and with the piece of their choice, ensuring that the images establish a relationship between the spectators and the works.
The format of the interview will not be a questionnaire, but instead it will be based on general motivations and will subsequently move on to the details of the interpretation, according to the preferences of the spectators.
The project´s texts and photographs will be published on a daily basis at this link.
Each person interviewed will be given an object as proof of their participation.
For further information visit the web site www.camilofranco.eu.
COORDINATION: Virginia Villar.