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I had recently heard about a project called 'The Empty Gallery Interviews' and was immediately taken with the idea. this is how they describe themselves:
"THE EMPTY GALLERY INTERVIEWS is a series of live conversations staged with exhibitors ahead of their exhibitions. Set inside empty galleries across London, art writers Claire Nichols and Altair Roelants stage informal interviews that make public the anticipatory dialogue that exists between the exhibitor and the exhibition space.
Talking with each artist about their upcoming show, the Interviews offer an insight into the methodology that informs the artist’s response to the gallery space; tracing their evolving relationship to the space in the lead up to installing the work. Putting into practice a vocal ordering of the visual, the Interviews consider what it might mean to perform or translate the artist’s response to the gallery site."
After attending one of the interviews I asked them if they would be interested in following the progression of my residency at Plymouth Arts Centre. Now working alone - as Altair has left the country - Claire agreed to stretch the format of the interviews over the course of my residency, giving me her list of usual questions to take to Plymouth for my first tour of the galleries.
The Empty Gallery Interviews questions:
1: HOW DID YOU START TO CONCEIVE OF THE SPACE IN RELATION TO YOUR UPCOMING EXHIBITION?
2:DO YOU THINK YOUR STUDIO SPACE (OR SITE OF MAKING) WILL TRANSLATE ONTO THE EXHIBITING SPACE?
3:IS THE WORK LIKELY TO EVOLVE IN CONSTRUCTION?
4:HOW HAVE YOU ENGENDERED THE VIEWER’S EXPERIENCE INSIDE THE WORK YOU ARE MAKING?
5:CAN THE WORK YOU ARE MAKING EXIST IN ANOTHER SPACE?
6: WHAT ARE THE IMPLICATIONS FOR YOU AS AN ARTIST OR A CURATOR OF VOCALISING YOUR IDEAS PUBLICLY WITHIN THE GALLERY, BEFORE THE WORK GOES ON DISPLAY?
Having not read them before I answered them with my initial reactions into an old tape dictaphone whilst meandering alone through the galleries on a quiet Wednesday evening.
We will follow this stage with our first public face to face interview in September as my ideas have progressed, possibly in London, then a final public interview in the empty galleries of Plymouth Arts Centre just prior to installation.