Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Towards an era of objective art


The photographs here were all taken by me at the 2007 EASTinternational. This is an open submission biennial exhibition held at Norwich Gallery and the Norwich School of Art and Design.


Each EASTinternational is selected by invited curators and artists, and the exhibition has provided a launch pad for many new artists to emerge onto the national and international stage. This year's exhibition is selected by British artist and curator Matthew Higgs and French performance artist Marc Camille Chaimowicz, and shows the work of twenty-seven artists from Europe, North America and Britain.


The main part of the exhibition is presented in Norwich School of Art and Design. This riverside building dates from 1899, and teaching rooms are cleared at the end of the academic year to create the impressive presentation spaces seen in the photos. EASTinternational is part of Contemporary Art Norwich which runs until August 31 2007.

Other Contemporary Art Norwich projects include a new temporary light and sound installation by Simon Fenoulhet at Wymondham Abbey. The ambient sounds are by John Hardy Music, and a microphone in the Abbey's ruined East Tower allows the listeners to interact with the lighting in a similar way to Helen Ottoway's sound installation at last year's Norwich Festival. Full event details from the CAN website.

The curators of this year's EASTinternational provide food for thought when they suggest we are entering a period where history and documentary are replacing art as fiction. Their quote from Eckermann’s Conversations with Goethe applies just as much to contemporary music as it does to the visual arts: “All eras in a state of decline and dissolution are subjective; on the other hand all progressive eras have an objective tendency.”


Take this path to see art in a public space in Norwich, and this one to see performance art in Suffolk.
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