Tuesday, July 24, 2007

24 hrs non stop art

“24 HOURS NON STOP ART SHOW” presents 24 artists who will perform for 24 hours in a same place:
- Tralee, Siamsa Tíre, 21st September 2007
- Cork, Tigh Filí, 28th October 2007
- Clonmel, Tipperary Arts Centre, 15th February 2008
- Wexford, Arts Centre, 22nd February 2008

“24 HOURS NON STOP ART SHOW” is an artistic event about experiencing duration. In the course of one day and one night (24 hours), viewers will be able to see a whole range of possibilities offered by videos, visual arts, performances, dance, music, theatre, poetry... of emerging artists, who will form a part of an international scene.

24 Hours represents a conventional and symbolic measure of a cycle: the sun cycle, the cycle of the biological human body, the DAY CYCLE. Three objectives are proposed:

- The first one is to question physical and moral resistance. How does a body resist non-stop work, art work, for 24 hours; the concentration, the exhaustion, the creativity...

- The second objective is to perform for 24 hours and create an art piece, to follow the evolution of an art piece from the beginning until the end.

- The third objective is to create a connection between the artists themselves, and the artists with the public, the viewers. Although the artists stay for 24 hours in the same space, the public does not. The audience will change depending on the time of the day - there might be school classes in the morning and working people in the evening, which gives the show a changing atmosphere. Some of the viewers will stay for an hour, others for longer, they might come back to see the evolution of the event...
The project will present an outstanding variety of events with an emphasis on the interdisciplinary and on interactions between media, artists and viewers.
24 hours seeks to reaffirm that a art work is first an event before being a simple testimony.

This notion of duration in art is announced by Nicolas Bourriaud and Jerome Sans, directors of the Palais de Tokyo, in Paris, in 2005 when they said: “Time is more a building material than a mere medium, and controlling the duration and the time protocols of exhibition has, like the controlling of space, become a major aesthetic issue”