NOMADIC ARTISTS

Andrew's parents in front of bus Andrew and Caitlin in front of bus

 

Yesterday marked the beginning of the next big step forward for our practice. After discussing our work with Maggie Ellis of FLAMIN at the end of last year, we understood that in order to move our work forward, we needed to fully immerse ourselves in what we do; living somewhere with a vibrant art scene, and making new work all the time. So, last week we left our jobs and returned to living in our bus. We intend to remain on the road for at least a year, and dedicate ourselves entirely to our work.

The Austrian photographer Klaus Maehring has written about what it means to be a nomadic artist in these times. We share his ethos…

The digital age has seen the emergence of a new kind of nomadic artists; using production and communication tools like computers, mobile internet, gps, digital video and more, they can stay connected and follow through their works from beginning to end while being on the road. It has become possible to take the contemporary and conceptual approach out of the galleries and institutions, that used to serve as the only platforms. In contrast to the widely spread dicsourse, in which art theory, history and the urban-social context are the main inspirations, the nomadic discourse is one of very closely dealing with people, nature, reality and oneself, while still being in context with the world through the virtual commnuity, the world wide web. The vehicles are ateliers and homes, facilitating the constant movement that brings never ending experience and inspiration, and the artistic discourse is transported to include audiences previously too remote to profit from it.

Whilst Nomadism is as old as mankind itself, modern nomadism is built upon recent movements like the New Age Travelers, techno nomads and the sound systems, the perpetual travelers and people like Ken Kesey. But in contrast to the widely spread anti-society ‘get-away’ idea, those modern nomads want to emancipate from these ties for the better of a professional on the road, that keeps in touch with the world through modern communication medias. For sure, they want to venture out there to find new things, because curiosity makes them being bored by the old; but they are eager to communicate and integrate their findings, feeding them back into society through exhibitions and reviving the contemporary cultural and artistic discourse.

We are developing a new video work which we are really excited about, and will shoot on the road. Hoping that encounters and events along the way will shape our journey, we will travel with no fixed route. We start at the ‘European Media Arts Festival‘ in Osnabruck an then head over to Berlin for the ‘Month of Perfrmance Art‘ in May.

Europort, Rotterdam

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