As the pandemic bring the world to a standstill, art communities have come up with creative ways to survive, from putting on shows online, holding virtual auctions and, a latest one, holding an arisan (rotating savings gathering and raffle popular among housewives) that will give lucky winners the prize of an art piece.
The idea came from one of Indonesia’s leading museums, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (Museum MACAN).
Responding to the crisis, the museum invited art lovers to purchase “mystery artworks” through the Arisan Karya (artwork raffle) event at a flat rate of Rp 1 million (US$69).
The initiative also gives a rare chance for art lovers to acquire a piece by a leading Indonesian artist or yet-to-be-discovered star. Some leading Indonesian artists, including Melati Suryodarmo, Tisna Sanjaya, Saleh Husein and Agus Suwage, have pledged their support.
Arisan is a social tradition where participants contribute to an agreed amount of money that is then collected and raffled at a weekly or monthly gathering. The participants whose names are drawn at the raffle, take home the money.
At its core, arisan is a tradition that values trust and support among participants. In the same spirit, the museum announced that Arisan Karya was designed to be an act of support that will drive other acts of support, giving much-needed funds to artists at this time of crisis.
The initiative also aims to stimulate the artistic community during a time of need and great uncertainty and is a gesture to recognize and remember the important role that art has in society.
“This is a fun initiative that has serious outcomes. Right now, artists are wondering when their next paycheck will come. The art system, at the best of times, is hard to maneuver and understand — it is not all art fairs and parties — but its real, often under-recognized work can benefit society, which we need to support,” the museum’s director Aaron Seeto said in a statement.
Museum MACAN has reached out across its networks to launch an open call to artists across Indonesia, encouraging them to create artworks — which may be paintings, sculptures, prints or photographs — for Arisan Karya.
The public can join the initiative by purchasing a ticket, which will later be raffled via Instagram Live on @museummacan and @shopatmacan_id. Each ticket sold receives an artwork.
The raffle will be held in three rounds in May, June and July, with the first one scheduled to take place on May 18-28 on shop.museummacan.org. All artworks are anonymous until revealed through the raffle.
Artists or charities of their choice will receive 70 percent of the collected funds. The balance is allocated to facilitate artists in sharing knowledge with the public through online resources, such as practical art tips, workshop tutorials at home or talks that will be delivered through Museum MACAN’s digital platforms.
“We really hope that this initiative will not only motivate the local art community but also be a source of joy for art enthusiasts who are working and studying from home,” Seeto says.
“In a time like this, we have to postpone the physical experience of encountering art. But it is also a time like this that should inspire action.”
Edited By Harry Miller
Applications being accepted for public art funding – paNOW
Macleod Campbell explained they are also happy to support public art projects as they help to improve the overall quality of life for people in the city.
“It’s nice to have public art for viewing at this time as well as of course supporting the artist,” she said.
Eligible groups can include a range of organizations from local art groups to private businesses. In order to be eligible, the group has to be working with a professional artist and the piece must be displayed publicly.
There is not a hard deadline for people to apply for funding. Macleod Campbell said applications are subject to approval from the art working committee and city council.
Macleod Campbell explained the city is also working to make people aware of the art which is on display in public spaces around the city, as they have created a public art tour brochure. The document is currently available on the city website and they are looking to get physical copies out into the public.
“That’ll be something as well,” said Macleod Campbell.
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Edmonton teen shares love of art with neighbourhood – Global News
Paige Reid is brightening up her Edmonton neighbourhood, one driveway at a time.
The 15-year-old budding artist said chalk art was an easy way to spend less time cooped up in the house.
“It was a way to be outside and still do something I would have done inside anyway. I just wanted to have fun with a new kind of medium,” said Paige.
Before long, her work captured the attention of most of her neighbours in Riverbend.
“I’ve had a lot of kids run up to me and say, ‘Whoa, whoa whoa!’ They’ve been very amazed that I’ve done characters that they recognize.”
Paige soon began to venture out from beyond her own driveway.
“Paige offered to draw a cat on our porch,” said neighbour Shauna Scott. “Every single time someone comes to our door people stop and say, ‘Wow, who did this?’ It gives us a big kick when we open the door.”
The young artist said she doesn’t charge for her drawings, but if someone offers compensation—she’ll use it to buy more chalk.
“People say you can’t put a price on happiness so I don’t want to do that. It’s fun for me. I don’t need a reward for doing something I already want to do,” she said.
Paige’s mom, Cori Reid, said it’s no surprise her daughter spends her day bringing joy to others.
“She’s got a good heart. She’s very kind,” said Reid. “She thinks about other people all the time.”
This neighbourhood Picasso is also helping fill time during long summer days.
“[Because of COVID-19] there’s not a lot for kids to do right now, except for being stuck on the computer and be stuck with school on Zoom, dance class on Zoom. It’s nice to get out and feel productive,” said Reid.
While at the same time, bringing a neighbours a smile, one character at a time.
“I’m very happy I’ve achieved my goal of making other people happy.”
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Art will suffer if online displays are the norm – Asia Times
Almost 15 years ago, a group of artists, filmmakers, curators and critics came together at the Oberhausen Film Festival in western Germany to discuss the introduction of a new technological medium: YouTube.
How would watching film and video online differ from regular venues such as cinemas or the Oberhausen festival itself, which played an important role in European art-house cinema?
Would films be meaningful in the same way – watched alone, in poor resolution, on a computer – rather than on the big screen by a community that had come together to see them?
“They’re like photocopies,” said the curator, Stuart Comer. Comer, now chief curator for media and performance at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, argued that while watching videos on YouTube was not the same as watching 35mm film on the big screen, home viewing served a different function, and there was room for both.
It’s interesting to think back to that debate now. Many of the early qualms around online viewership have since been ironed out. The quality of streaming has gotten better. Museums and artists run dedicated channels, instead of the free-for-all of early YouTube days when historical films were often altered – edited, overlaid, given new soundtracks – and passed off as original.
We now know that audiences will watch a film from start to finish. This had been another fear, that without the social contract of buying a ticket and sitting in a cinema space, spectators would dip in and out, catching glimpses rather than following a story.
In 2020, with the Covid-19 lockdown, we are lucky to have YouTube, Netflix, Vimeo and other streaming and sharing platforms, but we should also be grateful that the platforms have been around long enough to generate material made for online consumption.
In most cases, we are now not watching “photocopies” of films transferred to the small screen, but works made for the small screen in the first instance.
It is unclear whether the traditional art world – the one of paintings, installations and sculpture – is now in a transition similar to that of the film industry a decade ago.
Museums are digitizing whole rooms of paintings; commercial galleries and art fairs are hastily constructing online selling platforms; and Google Arts & Culture, a digitization project reaching back to 2011, is being recommended by schools as a lockdown activity.
Will these be seen as photocopies, a temporary fix until the era of social distancing subsides? Or will art organizations, some of which have been buoyed by a stratospheric rise in online audience figures, continue these platforms once lockdowns end?
The answer won’t be driven by fidelity to the experience of seeing work “in the flesh,” but by economics. Museums and galleries will face significant budget shortfalls when they begin to open up, whether because of a curtailment in public funding, reductions in private donations or months of loss of revenue.
Exhibition commitments will come stacked upon one another as postponed shows are folded in among future programing, while works meant to be lent out to one place might be needed elsewhere or back home (or might just be too expensive to ship).
Online exhibitions will most likely persist for some time to fulfill these logistical needs – and they might well continue afterwards as an inexpensive strand of quantifiable audience engagement.
But we shouldn’t be lured into thinking that online engagement is a consequence-free decision. Like most instances of outsourcing to technology, online exhibitions mean job losses: the technicians, the restorers, the authenticators, the shippers, the insurers, the guides and the guards who enable the public showing of precious objects.
These roles support others: the technician might be an emerging artist, the guide a student, while conservators and guards might support families at home. Artworks might be digitizable for those who simply want at look at them, but not for the people who make their living in the trade. The art world hinges on the buying, selling, preserving and showing of material goods.
The economic impact goes beyond the art world. For years the trump card of the arts, when it was making its case for public support, has been its economic multiplier effect. For every £1 spent on the arts by Arts Council England, the government recoups £5 in taxes, the Arts Council found in 2015.
The “Bilbao effect,” pertaining to the economic transformation wrought on the northern Spanish city of Bilbao after Guggenheim Bilbao was established there, has dominated numerous city development strategies in the decades since – including, arguably, that of Abu Dhabi. And the argument continues to be made by international consultants, who show how visitors head to F&B outlets, gift shops and hotels after viewing museum exhibitions –benefits likewise not likely to be recouped digitally.
What the crowd in Oberhausen was concerned about all those years ago was YouTube’s effect on its community of filmmakers, curators and critics. As museums and galleries move to online exhibitions, they need to understand that they are risking much more than the loss of authenticity of experience.
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