Boîte-en-Valise: Generator encourages transportability of practice, the nurturing of collaboration and cross fertilisation of artistic practice.
Six established, mid-career and emerging artists from England and USA - in collaboration with three curators and audiences - developed new work for transport and presentation in Venice, Italy and Syracuse, USA.
Audiences in Portsmouth and Syracuse have an authorship in international presentations shared by social media.
The artists have been invited to contribute to an international project, developing networks and forums for collaboration for contemporary arts practitioners and audiences in the south of England and New York state through the international art hub of the Venice Biennale.
Each artist transported the means to generate their new work, initiated by working with audiences over two days in Portsmouth, in a normal sized suitcase. The artwork was transported as luggage on a normal flight/train/bus journey and taken from the suitcase for presentation without any fixing to walls, floors and/or ceilings of the venues.
The six artists bring together works including sculpture, performance, video, photography and sound as well as interventions and conversations.
Visitors to the preview week of the Venice Biennale were invited to join the artists on 10 - 11 May at Corte Borella, off Calle de le Erbe, Canaregio 6415.
Subsequent events in October 2017 at Syracuse University featured all of the artists and their work at The Point of Contact Gallery. Syracuse University provides an international critical space for artists and curators to consider the project, while connecting back via live-streaming to the audiences engaged in the initial development and production phase in Portsmouth.
This project is a partnership between curator Mark Segal, theartistsagency, Aspex and the University of Syracuse. Funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and Syracuse University. Supported by Arts University Bournemouth.