On October 12th, we attended ‘Frieze Fair’ in Regents Park, London. Considered the contemporary art event of the year, with over 170 works from Tokyo to New York, this was truly a haven for those keen on experiencing the up and comings in todays art world.
Multiple pieces were not only thought provoking, but aesthetically stimulating, one in particular was the live crime scene production, where the audience followed along by script. However, many pieces I felt, fell on the border of what can be defined as art. Although the crime scene was entertaining, could this be considered art, or theatre? There were also multiple “interactive” pieces that required audio or visual assistance though various screens, was this art, or film? And furthermore, are auditory, theatrical, and cinematic crafts considered art? Or can only “artistic elements” be found in these crafts? Were the purpose of these pieces to lead to such questions? Or should we just shut up and appreciate the visual stimulation without thought of definition? Just as we debated in our “Contemporary Issues” module, attempting to define the “Creative Industries” only lead to lack of definition, so perhaps “Contemporary Art” is beyond categorizing as well. Perhaps the only defining matter, is the emotional response from the audience. And as with defining the “Creative Industries”, if consumer response is the tier of relevance, then is there any point in debating?
Maybe this guy has the right idea.
(Found him at the fair, he reminded me of how I’ll probably feel after completing a one year masters program.)
Personal opinions aside, these artists deserve recognition and their moment in the spotlight. They have accomplished both artistically and professionally, a balance that must be held if any creative entrepreneur seeks to succeed in today’s world. Talent can only get you so far, an understanding of the business world is crucial in taking you the rest.
Beginning this Post Graduate journey, the Creative Economy department designed an Orientation and Start Up weekend to stimulate the mind with various degrees of creativity. This kicked off at the London Design Festival in South Bank, where students indulged in new and innovative arts from the “Cream of the UK and International Designers”, at the Royal Festival Hall. The location was of particular interest to me, and after the show I found myself wandering around the concert hall, where there was not only a multitude of concert information to be found, but more art throughout from the festival. This allowed me the opportunity to plan several returns to the Royal Festival Hall, where I found there will be a multitude of excellent performances throughout the year.
The next day began with what could have possibly been the most mind grueling weekend I have had in quite a while, the Start Up. Now when I first heard that we were going to get a business plan up and running within 48 hours, worthy of being pitched to investors, I seriously considered faking an illness. As a person whose education has been mostly comprised of various aspects of music and performance, who has never taken a business class, the task seemed quite daunting. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find it was not as scary as it seemed ( a surprise I hope continues throughout the program). I found the thought processes taught by our workshop leader Eewei Chen to not be boring or straightforwardly dry as I had anticipated, but thought provoking, creative, and imaginative. This project not only allowed the students to get to know each other, but allowed us to utilize our strengths collectively to accomplish our goal. Personally I found the strengths of the individuals in my group to be quite varied, and although at first I thought this may have caused conflict, our multitude of skills collaborated quite efficiently. I believe it was our varied strengths that conspired the completion of our unique design, and I am defiantly proud of the work my colleges and I accomplished. I know this will be an experience I will remember long after I have left Kingston, and I’m sure glad I didn’t fake that illness.