The ball is rolling, and PHANTOM WING is picking up momentum. Slowly, the space is beginning to reveal itself. What happens next?
Over the past week, interested artists were invited to King Edward School for a brief tour of the available spaces. This was an idea suggested to us by the cSPACE staff, and it was a good one – because the turn-around on this project is so quick, whatever elements can be stream-lined for participants will save valuable time in the imminent future. Viewing the space is a huge hurdle, and hopefully the tours will help with that first leap.
Watching artists explore the nooks and crannies brought about three epiphanies:
1) Artists have a mind-boggling ability to see the potential in anything. Even complete “garbage.”
2) Working on PHANTOM WING is going to feel like a super cool 1980’s high school movie where the students snub authority, trump their superiors, and overtake their school. Let the spit-balls fly!
3) Finally: for the Curators, this is going to be hard. How the hell are we going to choose from all the amazing submissions we’re bound to get? But I guess that’s life – sometimes you’ve got to bite the bullet. We’re just excited that people are pumped!
But getting back to the King Edward School tours, the ability to preview the wing was a necessary luxury for many of our prospective artists. Installation artworks by their very nature seem to require a keen awareness of space. King Edward School offers both gaping spaces, and an assortment of limitations (the biggest being the presence of asbestos in the drywall mud). But the school is mysterious and presents various surprises – especially in its current abandoned state. Experiencing the spaces flushes out its many hidden potentials.
On a separate note, the cSPACE technicians have been kind enough to begin collecting materials for us to work with onsite. These collections come from all over the school and include everything from ersatz gym equipment to forgotten theatre props. Scrap metal is available, along with piping, plexiglas, and tons of ceiling panels, bulletin boards, and chalk boards. Desks and chairs, unfortunately for us, are mostly being re-appropriated as part of cSPACE’s future designs. But one can only imagine that there will be much poking around for other materials onsite once the artists are selected.
A reminder: our Call for Submissions deadline in on Monday, August 26th 2013. Interested in acting out your art-based fantasies on a abandoned school wing scheduled for imminent demolition? Then this might be the project for you.