THE ARTIST IN QUARANTINE

Curated by Marthe van de Grift

In the last few months our houses, apartments, gardens and balconies have become our offices due to the pandemic. For artists, these places have become their new site-specific stages. Artworks became more personal, as the artist is now obligated to find materials to work with from within a close range and is confronted with the magnification of the everyday.

'How does a dancer dance in his kitchen? How many images capture the eyes of a director, when he spends most of his time on his couch? Is the entire house a scene?' - Afroditi Panagiotakou, director of culture of the Onassis Foundation.

This week THECULTUREAGENDA highlights three online collections of videos made by artists stuck at home.
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GHOSTING AT HOME BY ERWIN WURM
Clothing as sculpture. When talking about the drama of the pettiness of existence, Erwin Wurm is the chosen one. GHOSTING AT HOME is as funny as it is disturbing. His work plays with the boundaries of form and homelessness. 

There is more where that came from. Check out the CHE FARE / WHAT IS TO BE DONE collection.

THE GAME BY KIMBERLY BARTOSIK
Being stuck at home also means that you’re stuck with the same people every day. Children, husbands and wives, grandparents, roommates, even pets become characters and props. How do we deal with the frustration that comes with living in each other's pockets for weeks? Kimberly Bartosik and her family came up with a solution that might just interest you.

There is more where that came from. Check out the ENTER collection. A series of artworks created at home within 120 hours.

THE LINE BY GETA BRATESCU
By filming the act of drawing, it becomes a performance. Geta’s wrinkled hand dances over the piece of paper holding a chunky marker while we witness her decisiveness and doubt.

The #PLAYATHOME collection, unfortunately, went offline, but we managed to find one of the other works on the web. This one’s worth watching if you’re interested in alternative forms of drawing.

It’s interesting how in this time of isolation the camera suddenly becomes the mother of all media. And it’s more than just an easy alternative way of communicating ones art and spreading it. The camera takes over from the eye, it becomes a mediator. Where we once went to the museum to witness a performance set in a certain time and space, we now watch it from our living room or kitchen. Besides art becoming more accessible, this changed context brings a lot of new exciting aspects into making and experiencing art. It challenges the once prevailing belief that an artwork is complete in itself and made to be exhibited in a white cube, isolated from the world. An artwork on your computer interacts with our daily surroundings and these differ from person to person, from moment to moment.

Artists are proof that the mind does not stop giving birth to ideas when you enclose it, out of necessity, in the four walls of a house. Imagination does not stop.

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