Thanks to everyone who came:-)
What we talked about (besides radio-active pigs in Taiwan and banapples, which is a cross between a banana and an apple):
1. NO RECURRING ELEMENT
The attendees at this meeting could not agree on a recurring element, and so we decided it would be too difficult to choose one for the whole group for this show. So just stick to the main theme: CONNECTEDNESS.
Getting down to business, we chose the deadline OCTOBER 15th, 2009 to have your work done and ready to submit. That’s 2 MONTHS FROM NOW.
* Plan to submit one large or several smaller works (large can be up to about 120m X 120m). If not many people submit, you will be able to add more works.
* On October 15th (or before) send jpg or gif (or tiff) files of artwork to firstname.lastname@example.org
* The resolution for these files needs to be 300 dpi and the graphic should be clear (not blurry).
3. MUSIC AND VIDEO
Anyone who plans on doing things like this needs to be involved in planning and setting it all up. Please get in touch with me and/ or Darcy.
4. FINDING A VENUE
We are looking at venues right now, collecting literature about what they require, and formulating a proposal outline. Many places charge a fee. The more people involved, the lower the fee per head. Many places also have a waiting list, so we may not be able to show right away. But we still need to have the work done and ready.
5. REMEMBER TO WRITE A LITTLE DESCRIPTION
Each of us will write a short description to go next to your art in Chinese or English, or both. It will explain how our work relates to the theme. But don't worry, we don't have to do this until we're finished, or close to finished with the art.
Some examples below if you want to take a look.
“My work emphasizes that humans are connected to the earth; not in command of it or simply residing upon it. The earth is a living breathing organism, of which we (humans) are a part.”
“This work is a depiction of how the generations in my family are all connected, and how we influence each other…”
“In the age of the internet, humans around the globe are connected in an unprecedented way. My work is a visual representation of this phenomenon.”
WHY HAVE A THEME?
A theme gives us focus; it's unifying. It motivates us, the artists, to create fresh work, which gives the show more life. A theme is a kind of story that we all take part creating.
Venues usually want a theme. It's easier to advertise, and people are much more likely to come see the show. Even with a theme, each artist's interpretation will be different. That is part of what makes it exciting.