Thursday, 14 February 2019

Goethe Curatorial Project

By Margaretta wa Gacheru (drafted 14 February 2019)

My dream curatorial project would be a multimedia and interactive installation focused on one concept that united all the media and artists involved. The concept could be ‘women working’ and feature music (both live and audio taped), film/video, painting and sculpture.
If the unifying concept was ‘women working, various female musicians would be involved. Ideally a composer would create a theme tune; alternatively she would collaborate with a singer or female rapper. There would be scheduled performances as well as a female DJ to play Kenyan women’s recorded music. The musicians could also coordinate with a female videographer who could make a documentary film of various Kenyan women working. Among the images in the film would be the collaborative process between the women musicians involved in the musical component of the project. The video would also include filming of Kenyan women painters, sculptors and print-makers, several of whom would take turns being physically present to paint or sculpt using various media. Women writers can also be in the video, especially if they are published they can be reading from their books in the video. Otherwise, there can be room for women storytellers to perform as well.
The installation could also involve female performance artists who could take turns with their performances. Scheduling of all the live events could either be concurrent or sequential, but the curator would have to be on duty when performances were live. Otherwise, the documentary film could also include a music video or videos including women musicians of various genres, some singer-songwriter-guitarists, others classical musicians, others rappers and spoken word poets.
Women technicians would also be the ones in charge of the lighting and the sound systems. These will be critical components. Plus the underlying concept of the installation must be clear. In this case, it would be that women are exceedingly competent in many artistic and technical fields. And not only are they competent; they excel in all the aspects of creativity reflected in the installation.
This installation might seem to be ‘too busy’ but if the curator works closely with the artists, there can be a seamless scheduling so every artist gets her moment to shine and to express herself as time permits.
My curatorial project was conceived by Margaretta wa Gacheru, arts correspondent for the Nation Media Group.
14 February 2019

By Margaretta wa Gacheru
My dream curatorial project would be a multimedia and interactive installation focused on one concept that united all the media and artists involved. The concept could be ‘women working’ and feature music (both live and audio taped), film/video, painting and sculpture.
If the unifying concept was ‘women working, various female musicians would be involved. Ideally a composer would create a theme tune; alternatively she would collaborate with a singer or female rapper. There would be scheduled performances as well as a female DJ to play Kenyan women’s recorded music. The musicians could also coordinate with a female videographer who could make a documentary film of various Kenyan women working. Among the images in the film would be the collaborative process between the women musicians involved in the musical component of the project. The video would also include filming of Kenyan women painters, sculptors and print-makers, several of whom would take turns being physically present to paint or sculpt using various media. Women writers can also be in the video, especially if they are published they can be reading from their books in the video. Otherwise, there can be room for women storytellers to perform as well.
The installation could also involve female performance artists who could take turns with their performances. Scheduling of all the live events could either be concurrent or sequential, but the curator would have to be on duty when performances were live. Otherwise, the documentary film could also include a music video or videos including women musicians of various genres, some singer-songwriter-guitarists, others classical musicians, others rappers and spoken word poets.
Women technicians would also be the ones in charge of the lighting and the sound systems. These will be critical components. Plus the underlying concept of the installation must be clear. In this case, it would be that women are exceedingly competent in many artistic and technical fields. And not only are they competent; they excel in all the aspects of creativity reflected in the installation.
This installation might seem to be ‘too busy’ but if the curator works closely with the artists, there can be a seamless scheduling so every artist gets her moment to shine and to express herself as time permits.
My curatorial project was conceived by Margaretta wa Gacheru, arts correspondent for the Nation Media Group.
14 February 2019

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