Erika Arzt and Juan Linares
Resident Artist - TrAIN/Gasworks 2007-08
Through project based work, Erika Arzt and Juan Linares work collaboratively and responsively, exploring the inclusion of communities in the development of their projects, which take the form of interventions and site specific works. The artists work to consult local interests and concerns in the development of their projects, offering up authorship and direct decision making to dialogue and communication.
In each project the artists themselves become as much a part of their project as the people they work with and the results become significantly spontaneous and involved on a local scale. For but how shall that work not to think of anything? (2007) Arzt and Linares worked in Cali, Colombia to develop a project that offered common ground within a community represented in the media as divided by conflict and violence. Through processes of negotiation and orientation, Arzt and Linares worked with members of the local community to construct a giant, transparent beach ball, resulting with an intervention in which the ball was to be rolled down a hill through the city.
In nucli antic (2005 – 6) Arzt and Linares developed a project reflecting on the implication of urban growth and development on Calaf, a small village outside of Barcelona, which was to undergo regeneration as a result of long term neglect and marginalisation. While the official restoration programme looked at the redevelopment of public buildings such as the City Hall, Arzt and Linares offered their sirvices freely and subsequently carried restoration within individual homes, focusing on those who were unlikely to see any direct benefit of the City’s regeneration programme. While intending to address the limits of the impact restoration can have on the daily lives of citizens, Arzt and Linares’ encounters led not only to a series of interventions, but to unfolding discussions that fed back into the community in the form of a publication.
International residencies raise specific questions for individual artists, and wider issues regarding how both local and international contexts are negotiated in practice.
Each year, TrAIN collaborates with Gasworks International Residency Programme to offer a fully funded three month practice-based research fellowship for an artist not based in the UK.
Find out more about TrAIN/Gasworks Artists' Residency
Tuesday 04 Dec, 2007,
17:15 to 19:00
Lecture Theatre, Chelsea College of Art & Design