Posted by: janeingramallen | January 25, 2010

What the Curator is Looking For

(哈囉~各位中文讀者,Jane 在這篇文章中提出了許多作為一個策展人,她在這次徵件中的期待,很重要!很重要!大家一定要努力讀下去,因為QQmei這裡上周五也接到了幾個有趣的提案構想,真擔心只有二個台灣名額,怎麼夠用呢??….不論如何,請大家加油!!!我會在今晚把本篇文章摘譯出來…..現在得來趕去年度的結案報告了!  記得晚一點 或明早 再回頭來看這篇文章的中譯喔~ 2010.01.25)
(摘譯完成  2010.01.25   21:43   ….結案報告還在趕說~)

Hello everyone,

As the curator for this exhibition at Cheng Long Wetlands, I thought it might be helpful if I put some information here to help artists as they develop their proposals.  Remember proposals have to be sent to me by email (allenrebeccajanei@gmail.com) before the deadline of February 12!

Artists always wonder what I am looking for as the curator for this exhibition.  It is difficult to answer that because I do not know what I am looking for until I see it!  I expect to be surprised and want artists to think of something I did not think of before.  I am open to almost anything as long as it can work in this particular place and supports the theme.  I have put together a statement that tells more about what I want to see in the artists I select for this exhibition “Children and Artists Celebrate the Wetlands” at Cheng Long Wetlands in Taiwan.   Continue below to read my complete curator’s statement.

Jane Ingram Allen

Curator’s Statement

Because I am an artist myself as well as a curator and critic, I may have more of an understanding of an artist’s needs and desires in doing this kind of exhibition.  I write for SCULPTURE magazine and PUBLIC ART REVIEW and have been a college art professor, public school art teacher, museum curator and museum art educator as well as an artist.  I came to Taiwan in 2004 with a Fulbright grant that was extended for another year and after that decided to stay in Taiwan.  I have continued to promote environmental art in Taiwan organizing and curating shows in various places and doing many environmental art projects in Taiwan and other countries.

For this sort of exhibition I prefer artists that can adapt their ideas to the site and the materials and resources available at this place in Taiwan.  This is very difficult considering that most of the artists have never been here and only have a few days in residency before they make the work.  You can see on the blog that Cheng Long Wetland is not an area with lots of trees, and it is a small rural village and coastal area where the main occupation is fish farming. You can buy some materials at local stores using part of your artist’s fee, and the staff and I will help you to find recycled or natural materials to use for free.  We want to discourage use of plastic, metal, cement, fiberglass and other things that might be harmful to the environment.  We also have to think about the animals, insects and plants and make the artwork so it does not interfere with nature at Cheng Long Wetland.   There are also human visitors to think about, and the works have to be safe and secure and last through storms as well as children and adults manhandling them and playing on, in and around them.  The Wetland area, the school, the temple courtyard or other sites in the community are not supervised all the time and are open to the community.  The weather is another concern. Typhoon season is May to October, so there may be typhoons with high winds and lots of rain. Things may also get very dry by mid-summer, and the weather will be very hot.

Artists ask about the medium and techniques too.  I am open to all media and techniques and whatever works to get the artwork done to have the maximum impact and meaning.  Video and new media are okay if they can survive outdoors with no technical problems and it does not harm the environment.  It is a challenge to the artist to find solutions that can work to make sustainable artworks that help sustain the environment.

I also like interactive works and those that visitors can participate in somehow.  I think art should be more than just something you see once and then leave.  Any way that the work can engage visitors is favored.  If it can also be used somehow with the environmental education programs for children of all ages and adults that would also be good.

I also try to get artists who have not been to Taiwan and artists from different countries so that we have different viewpoints.  Where the artist is from or whether they have been in Taiwan before is not the most important thing however.  The proposal, the artist’s experience and the idea are the most important.

I look for professional experienced artists who have shown evidence that they can do a project in a short time and have the drive and stamina to get it done in time.  The artists must be very focused and dedicated.

I also try to pick artists who have shown in their past work a sincere commitment to environmental issues and made works before that may in some way relate to the theme or ideas behind this exhibition.  I however am always open to new artists and those without experience have been chosen if they present a strong proposal with good references and great enthusiasm.  I like to have a mix of experienced artists and those just starting out in the field of environmental art with a strong commitment.

I favor artists who follow directions and send me exactly what I ask for in the Call for Proposals and in the format that I request.  I do not want to review more images or receive catalogs or anything else.  If your proposal is clear and easy to follow and concise, but complete, that is best.  It is okay to list a website or Internet site where I can find more information or more photos of your work if I want to do that, but do include the jpgs and Word .doc files that are asked for.  I may also email you for more information if I am interested in your proposal.

To be selected artists must be able to speak and write English, but don’t worry if your English is not perfect.  If we can communicate that is all that matters.  You can ask for help with translating things and learn more English while you are here.  You must also be able to communicate easily by email and respond quickly to e mail messages during the weeks before you come to Taiwan if you are selected.  An artist must be computer literate and already have images and other information in digital format.  I only accept e mail entries because of the time involved and the expense of mailing things and using all that paper. The description of your idea in words is important, but don’t worry if it is not beautiful literature or correct English.  It should be sincere and get your meaning across.

Probably the most important part of the application is the images of your previous works, and these should be of the highest quality and show good contemporary art.  If you have no experience making outdoor sculpture installations or working with children, probably you will not be selected. All the images you send should relate to nature and the environment and should be good quality believable images.  If you have no outdoor experience or experience working with children, then get some and apply next year. The images should be small jpgs. less than 1 mg each and not take long to load and not clog up my e mail.  I look at images daily and download them so there should be no problem if artists follow directions.  Everything should be readable on a Mac or PC; I have a Mac computer myself but may have to present the images on a PC.

I am also looking for artists who sincerely are interested in communicating with ordinary people and children as well as other artists, curators and critics.  Some prior experience with public art is good.  The artists for this exhibition have to be easygoing and flexible, not egotistical and set in their ways. They have to get along well with people from different cultures and people with no art background and people of all ages.  You cannot come with a totally pre-conceived idea and expect it to happen exactly that way.  I want the artists selected to be able to adapt to the place and the people and still make their work.  Artists selected also have to be able to communicate and do some teaching during their stay because they will train some children and volunteers to help them and lead some art activities related to their work for the public during the opening weekend.  So, some education experience would be useful.

The sketch and the idea you propose is the most important thing that I consider.  Is it creative, fresh, feasible and contributing to the theme.  Of course, I don’t want every artist using the same materials and techniques and always look for a balance of ideas, materials, techniques and concepts in selecting the artists for the show.

Artists selected for this show have to be hands-on artists who are used to constructing their own works.  There will be some help from volunteers and the children, but you have to be able to do it by yourself.  The artists selected have to be hard workers and spend every day during the installation time at their site working.  The installation process is very public, and I want to see dedicated artists hard at work and so do the staff and sponsors.  We want artists who really care about their work and sincerely believe it is important.  Of course, we also want the artists to have fun and enjoy Taiwan and the people.  A sense of humor always helps.

I look forward to seeing your proposal and please e mail me if you have any other questions.  The email address is allenrebeccajanei@gmail.com

Thank you!

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Jane 在這篇文章裡提到:因為很多人問她,關於這次的徵件,作為策展人的她,期待看到什麼呢?Jane 說,這實在很難回答,但是只要她看到了,她就會知道,這就是她要的!! 她希望得到驚喜,看到藝術家想到她從來也沒想過的點子!! 只要是這個提案適用於成龍當地,並與本次徵件的主旨契合,不論是什麼形式的表現,她都可以接受。以下是她完整的說明:

Jane先說明,因為自己是策展人,也是藝評家,所以她十分了解藝術家們在為這項展覽作準備時的需要及渴望……

針對這個展覽,她希望提案的藝術家們能審慎地考慮到成龍當地的環境,以及所使用的媒材等資源適合於當地。她知道這很困難,因為大部份的藝術家沒來過台灣,更別說成龍村了,而且還要在很短的駐站時間裡完成創作。不過大家可以在我們部落格所提供的照片裡看到,在成龍溼地這地區沒有多少的樹 (因土地鹽化),而且成龍村很小很偏遠,離海很近,大部份的人以養殖為業。你可以用部份的藝術家津貼在當地購買一些所需的道具或材料,而我們也會儘可能地為大家尋找免費的天然素材。Jane特別強調,她比較不鼓勵使用塑膠、金屬、水泥、玻璃,以及其他可能會傷害到環境的東西。同時請各位藝術家也必需考量到動物、昆蟲及植物等,讓自己的創作不會和成龍溼地的自然環境產生衝突。大家也必需考慮到來參觀的訪客,你的作品必需要夠安全牢固,經得過大雨或颱風的考驗,讓孩子及大人們都可以很安全地在你的作品上、或是作品裡、或周遭遊賞。畢竟,不管是成龍溼地、成龍國小、或成龍村的廟前廣場,都是公共開放的空間,不是無時無刻都有人在看守的。天候是另一重要考量。在台灣的颱風季節約從五月到十月,颱風可能帶來大雨或強風,而在仲夏時,天氣有可能又乾又熱也說不定。

也有許多藝術家問到作品的形式及媒體。關於這點,Jane持開放的態度,只要這件作品具有意義及影響力。影像及新媒體等也OK, 只要在實際執行上沒有技術問題,並且不會傷害環境,都可以。對藝術家來說,要創作一件永續的作品幫助環境永續,是一個很大的挑戰。

Jane說她會很重視作品的互動性,一件作品是否能讓一般大眾以某種方式參與其中是評選重點。Jane認為,藝術不應該只是讓人看一眼就離開的東西。所以任何可以讓觀眾投入參與的作品,都是受到鼓勵的!如果完成的作品可以成為環境教育方案的一部份,讓大人小孩都因此而能更深切地感受到環境議題,也是很棒的!

Jane說,在每次策展時,她通常都會試著讓從沒到過台灣的藝術家有機會來台灣,而她也會試著讓每一次的展覽,都有各國的藝術家參與,以幫助這個展覽可以呈現出最多元的觀點。不過,藝術家從哪裡來或曾到過台灣的哪裡,並不是重點,最重要的還是藝術家的提案、經歷以及創意。 

Jane 說,她想要尋找的是專業的、有經驗的藝術家,他能夠提出証明,表示自己有在短時間內完成一件計畫的能力,並且能有耐心毅力讓作品在時間內完成。藝術家對這項計畫的專注及投入是必需的。

Jane說,她也會試著挑選在過去的作品中對環境議題抱持關切的藝術家,但是,當然她也不會捨棄任何新進的環境藝術家,只要你有強而有力的提案以及熱情,都可能獲選。Jane說,她喜歡在一個展裡,有對環境藝術資歷不同的藝術家一起工作。

Jane提醒各位提案的藝術家一定要依照徵件公告裡的提示,備齊所有檔案,才算完成提案。請不要準備超出徵件公告要求的任何東西,例如照片、所有作品目錄等。只要你的計畫書清楚、簡明、完整,那就是最棒的!你可以列出自己的作品網站,如果有需要Jane會自己上網去看,或是透過電子郵件向您詢問其他的問題。

獲選的藝術家都必需要能說寫英文,但是不需要非常流暢,只要能夠溝通就好了。我們會提供翻譯,而你也可以藉此學習英文!但是在你獲選後,請你一定要能夠在來台灣前的數周,讓我們可以透過電子郵件和你溝通,因為將有許多需要即時提供給你或是請你回覆的訊息。獲選的藝術家也應具有基本的電腦能力,並且已經有一些關於自己或作品的電腦檔案格式。我們只接受電子郵件,因為使用紙本郵遞,不僅秏時、費錢,也浪費紙張。把你的想法試著用英文描述出來是很重要的(註:QQ湄並不是英文系的!!),不用擔心沒有華麗的辭藻,也不用在意語法錯誤,只要能夠忠誠地表達出你的思緒即可。

也許在提案時最重要的是你過去的作品,而那必需是具有一定水準的當代藝術作品。如果你沒有戶外裝置藝術的經驗或是和孩子一起創作的經驗,你可能不容易入選,建議你可以在今年多累積一些經驗,明年再來嘗試。所有你提供的影像,請務必與自然或環境相關,力求清晰可判,但請不要超過每張1MG的規定。Jane每天都會收信,把大家的提案文件下載下來,如果大家都照規定做,應該不會有電子郵件阻塞的問題。請大家確認所有的文件都能讓Mac或PC 電腦讀取。

Jane也提到,他在尋找的藝術家,條件之一還包括要能樂於與一般大眾及孩子們相處,也要能夠和其他的藝術家、策展人及評論家溝通。曾經有過公共藝術創作的經驗是很好的。在我們這個展中,我們希望尋找隨和且有彈性、可溝通的藝術家,而不是固執己見無法溝通的人。你必需要能夠和不同文化、沒有藝術背景、不同年齡的人都相處得很好,請不要帶著先入為主,認為事情就一定要照著某個模式發展的偏見到來,這樣大家都會很辛苦的。請獲選的藝術家必需要能適應當地的環境、民情,讓自己的作品融入其中。獲選的藝術家也應該要知道,在駐站其間必需要進行某些教學,讓當地的孩子、居民或志工可以一起幫你完成作品,而在開幕會場上,也要帶領一個和你的作品相關的小活動,讓大家都可以參與,所以有一些教學經驗,是比較好的。

Jane最後提到,提案的點子及草圖速寫是非常重要的,是不是夠創意、有新意、可執行,以及契合主題是評選的依據。當然,Jane也不希望在同一個展中,所有的藝術家都使用同樣的媒材、媒體或概念,因此,每一次策展時,她總是會想辦法平衡所有的考量。

獲選的藝術家必需是有經驗、能親自完成創作的藝術家。雖然在整個駐站創作期間,會有其他志工及當地的孩子來幫忙,但是你還是必需要能夠自己完成作品。藝術家們也必需認清這是一項吃重的工作,你可能必需在駐站期間整天待在戶外工作。所有的工作人員都希望能夠看到的是一位認真將自己作品完成的藝術家,對自己所被付予的使命充滿熱忱,且重視自己在這份工作上所扮演的角色。當然,我們也希望各位獲選的藝術家能夠玩得盡興,好好享受台灣的風土民情。幽默感絕對是有幫助的!

最後,期待看到各位的提案,有任何問題都可以透過電子郵件或部落格提出。Jane的電子郵件信箱是 allenrebeccajanei@gmail.com


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