Learn here more about projects and web links, collected from sites that cover a wide range of online communities around the globe.
JR is a French artist who works with photography and graffiti. In 2011, he won the $100,000 TED Prize; a prize which the winner must use to create an art work that aspires to change the world and the Inside Out Project is his attempt to do exactly this. The participants in the project take pictures of themselves and upload them on the web site and then the artist makes 90X132 prints of them and returns them back; on several occasions interested parties can form groups and participate with group projects more broadly themed.
The web site has significant navigation problems; it is probably among the most user-unfriendly we have seen (a result of the extensive use of HTML 5) and it appears it hasn’t been finished yet. Still, the most patient visitors will be rewarded with plenty of content since, according to the administrators more than 78,000 individuals from more than 9,500 locations have participated submitting more than 4,400 projects.
Missing peace is an initiative in which artists are invited to create a work using the 14th Dalai Lama as their inspiration; the project already involves 88 renowned artists from 30 countries and the works they have created are exhibited in a special event. The initiative is a collaboration between the “Committee of 100 for Tibet” and the “Dalai Lama Foundation”, the exhibition’s curator is Randy Jayne Rosenberg, director of the “Art Works for Change” foundation and among the artists whose works are included are Marina Abramovic, Richard Avedon, Phil Borges, Rosemary Rawcliffe and Bill Viola.
In the project’s web site, visitors can see a small resume for each participating artist, the museums that have hosted the exhibitions of the creations, writings about the relationship between art and peace which was also the incentive for this initiative, educational material aimed to high school teachers and a virtual tour of a 10,000 square feet space where the art works have been exhibited.
It is one of those things that we ourselves have frequently thought –and most probably we are not the only ones, especially after the recent popularity of television series and their immediate distribution in digital format as soon as soon as a season is over: why doesn’t someone do the same thing for theatrical performances? Actually a British company did: they videotape the performances in high definition video and consequently they offer them for sale on the Internet while at the same time they run another specialized web site which aims to educate students (of theater and in general) and help them understand better the technique behind a theater performance.
Performances are available in three formats: the first costing 4,5 euro allows the user to watch (but not download) the video as many times as they like within a period of two days, the second costing 13 euro makes the video available for downloading and the third costing 18 euro allows for a high definition download. The only downside is that for now titles are very few (at the time of writing, just 19) but we hope more will be available in the future.
WUT is an art space in Vienna founded in 1987 and housed in an spectacular 129,166 square foot building that used to be a factory for the production of train engines. The center’s activities focus on four categories: visual arts, children’s theater, educational and consulting programs and collaboration with 130 independent cultural groups that are permanently hosted in its facilities and form the organization’s program. The center offers infrastructure and organizational support for works that have an artistic, social or political focus.
In the very impressive in regard to content offered and availability of sections, visitors can learn about the institution’s philosophy and history, find a calendar with all its events classified according to subject/interest, learn about the various social and political groups collaborating with the organization with a brief profile for each of them and information about the organization’s intra-cultural initiatives and about the art exhibitions that have been organized in the past and will be organized in the future. Another very positive note is that all the content of the web site is available in English something rather unusual in web sites with such an abundance of content.
Locus+ is an agency collaborating with artists for the production and presentation of works that are hosted in spaces other than galleries; for all works, the space they are presented in is a part of the experience and emphasis is put on social participation and cooperation. It was founded in 1993 in Newcastle and it is the successor to “The Basement Group” and “Projects UK” which was the first agency to focus on visual arts in the UK and which in the ten years it has been operating it organized more than 230 events. Locus+ is housed in the grounds of Sunderland University and it hosts the biggest time-based media archive in Europe.
In the web site, visitors can find a big archive with projects that have been organized from 1976 until today classified in more than 90 thematic sections, a list with the artists that have collaborated with the agency in the past, a section with publications and limited-copy reproductions of various art works (these are sold directly from the web site) as well as a newsletter with the agency’s news.
littlefield is a performance and art space in Brooklyn’s Gowanus industrial area. It is housed in an old, 6200-square foot warehouse and for its design sustainable growth elements have been taken into consideration; these elements include sound walls formed from recycled rubber tires, a bar built from salvaged bowling alley lanes, and energy supplied by wind power and a water recycling system the water of which is used for watering plants. The space’s sound system is state-of-the-art and it is designed for live music, art installations, and film screenings.
In its web site, visitors can see a calendar with all scheduled events and buy tickets for any of them, they can find information about art exhibitions, an FAQ section explaining various matters dealing with the space’s operations and with collaboration with artists as well as texts with diagrams and specifications for the available spaces.
Center of Contemporary Art was founded in 2006 in Torun, Poland and it operates under the aegis of the country’s Ministry of Culture while its construction was carried out with subsidies granted by the European Union. It is housed in an 86,111 square feet building with half of the space being available for exhibitions and the other half hosting a 136-seat cinema, a bookstore, a café, a restaurant, conference rooms and general purpose rooms that are available for rent.
The web site offers an exhibitions section presenting running and previous exhibitions going back to 2008 with a detailed description for each event; in some cases, videos are also included. Also available is a section with the center’s activities such as festivals, educational seminars for children and adults and a reading room as well as a section with publications (e.g. high quality bilingual exhibition catalogues). Also visitors can find a separate web site hosting the center’s community (unfortunately it is available only in Polish) and an application which offers a virtual 3D tour of the exhibition rooms.
Creativity Explored is a nonprofit organization in San Francisco offering artists with developmental disabilities the opportunity to express themselves and exhibit their creations; besides giving them an exhibition space it also offers them guidance and education by renowned artists, free materials they need for their art and professional orientation advice so they can advance their careers. All creations are exhibited in the gallery and they are available for sale with the organization itself receiving only a 5% commission; most of Creativity Explored’s income comes from donations by private parties and other organizations. Creativity Explored was founded in 1983 and it now offers assistance to about 130 artists every year; the six exhibitions it organizes every year are visited by more than 10,000 people.
In the web site, visitors can see a brief video presenting the organization’s goals and characteristic cases of artists who are promoted through its activity. Also available are resumes and representative works for the hundreds of artists collaborating with the center, a collection of artworks many of which can be bought through the site itself and a weekly updated blog.
Art Space is a nonprofit organization based in New Haven, Connecticut and it focuses on presenting contemporary art; since its founding in 1997, it has helped more than 3,000 artists from the broader Connecticut area to advance their careers. Among its activities are the organization of art exhibitions both in its facilities and in various spots around the city, an annual festival and a youth education program; Art Space’s main facility is a 5000 square feet exhibition and performance space that used to belong to a furniture factory and which is also available for staging of plays, conferences etc.
In the web site visitors can see an archive with all the exhibitions that have been hosted since 2001, a directory of artists based in the area accompanied by a small resume and characteristic works for each one, information about collections that have been on exhibition in the past, opportunities for collaboration with artists and an online store selling various items such as t-shirts, reproductions of art works etc. Also, there is a parallel project running on its own web site which offers artists the opportunity to open their studio to the public for three-week periods.
Art Laboratory Berlin was founded in 2006 by an international team of art historians and artists. As a non-commercial art space, it was established as a platform for inter-disciplinary exhibition projects in an international context. The foundation’s main focus is the presentation of contemporary art in relation to other artistic and scholarly fields (e.g. the exhibition series Art & Music, Art & Text, Art & Science, Art & Law), while in the series Artists in Dialog two artistic positions with a common theme, motif or strategy formed the starting point for an exhibition. At the same time, the foundation attempts to bring in contact artists and the public through public discussions with artists and curators, lectures and film screenings.
In the web site which is designed in a minimalistic and not always very functional manner, visitors can see an archive with all the exhibitions that have been organized (each one with its own brief description), a blog with visual material from these exhibitions and information about running projects; visitors have also the option to make a donation if they are so inclined.