In order to engage the youth of today with art and cultural exhibits we first have to take ourselves back to those times and understand what it was that captured our imaginations or what in fact disengaged us with our cultural surroundings and opportunities.
In order to attract teenagers to art, they themselves must feel part of the creative process. We are all guilty of, at times, only half acknowledging our surroundings. Self involvement with our immediate context allows our minds to absorb and expand. Strongest childhood memories of this so called cultural absorption are that of science museums and zoos, where we directly influence our surroundings. we become part of the space and often help to create and recreate the exhibits we share. another key reflection is that of today’s societal influence and the stigma presented by cultural institutes of the art world, many kids see these ideologies as stiff and out of touch with their new ways of thinking and living.
Our proposal will land in locations attractive and friendly to the minds of our target audience, they will feel safe and unobserved as they create their work. It will land secretly, over night with no prior warning, it will be left open for the kids to discover, explore and make their own, no adults allowed. The artists / performers will observe from a distance as the teenagers feed the digital brain with their ideas, feelings, pictures, videos, poems, favourite colours, songs etc. As well as feeding the brain, they will also have the opportunity to shape their physical surroundings, creating a space or spaces that they can call their own. This will encourage teamwork and community.
The building / non building, will be of modular frame construction with multiple arrangements much like that of stage rigging, we will provide the basic building blocks for creation. This immediate influence on their surroundings will also have an impact on the direction of the artist or performer. This time between the landing and the kids final creation can be seen as the “closed doors” period >|< , the kids have the privacy and security to become completely absorbed in their work. There will be a transition period where the artist / performer transplants the brain onto themselves. All predisposed ideas must be negated and the show is built purely under the direction and previous creation of the kids. <|>, the project then becomes more extrovert and the performance is shared with the creators and the surrounding community, adults may be allowed at this point.
They are truly engaged and reap the rewards of their work, the artist is also offered the opportunity to evolve during this process, reflecting on how their works are influenced and changed by different brain activities in different locations and countries.
The project now takes off into the distance leaving no physical trace of its existence; the brain is emptied and needs feeding again. although the project leaves no physical trace of its prior being, all works are recorded online and people can then engage further with the process via the internet.