Art exhibitions in the apartments was a tradition born in the Soviet Union, when public cultural life was strictly regulated by the state.
People would open their apartments – private spaces for public events – exhibitions and concerts.
I was friends with Nikita Alekseev in Paris and in Moscow, who coined the term APTART, as well as some of the artists at Moscow and St. Petersburg’s unofficial art scene. I was younger than most of them and I was immediately struck by the closeness of their community. It was a circle of friends, with no less strict hierarchy and ideological censorship than the Party Obkoms or soviet exhibition’s committees.
Only they were cheerful, educated and brave, unlike the bourgeois and conformist Soviet art officials.
Can apartment exhibitions, which by definition exhibit art (i.e. something in common) in the *super-private space of the exhibition organizer’s life, be really open? And should they be?
By creating our own apartment shows with neighbors and friends at **Rowley Way, I would hope for experimentation and dialogue that goes beyond our circle of friends.
We already live in a different (so far) more open world and would be happy to come up with a way that, in the form of digital copies, collaborative video screenings, and zooms, can connect apartment shows from different countries into one network.
*iwan baan ness et al
**rp ness et al
how do i hide: brown belonging law: the opposite of belonging.. is fitting in.. true belonging doesn’t require you to change who you are.. it requires you to be who you are.. and that’s vulnerable.. –Brené Brown
pearson unconditional law: what is it about loving each other unconditionally that scares us so much – come sunday (pearson)
rhizomatic mapping books:
riot of flowers et al
iwan baan ness
- art – art – being human
- art-ists & bot-ists
- art – another art world
- art – apt art
- art – bookchin art-ist law
- art – bookchin utopian law
- art – cummings art\ist law
- art – dream
- art – erasure (artform)
- art – meow wolf
- art people
- art – proletkult
- art – rheingold (mom) art law
- art world – p1 – another art world
- art world – p2 – another art world
- art world – p3 – another art world
- art is open source
- art – Keri Smith – art. exploration
- art – Seth Godin – re: equity – get a go at your art