I have always wanted to to try and create a means of displaying my work in an alternative to the gallery style.
Time and finances available have had a big impact on me achieving some of the plans I had in mind and I have decided that the tried and tested gallery show is the best option for my work at present.
When the venue of my next show asked me if I would mind if they arranged a band to play on the night after the opening, that became the deciding factor in whether or not to pursue my plans for a large-scale glass sand timer installation for this event.
I made the decision that I would rather stick with wall displayed artwork and have the potential for more people to see my work.
The Fish Factory has assured me they will make sure my work is safe.
The band that is playing is Acid Mothers Temple, a Japanese psychedelic rock band. They are visiting the area as part of their European tour.
The venue is already promoting the night (see Fig. 1).
The description used on the Facebook event post is:
The sprawling universe that is Acid Mothers Temple was formed in 1995 by Kawabata Makoto. Originally titled the Acid Mothers Temple soul-collective and encompassing musicians, dancers, artists, farmers, channellers, ex-yakuza, mermaid researchers and professional vagrants, the collective has always had at its core a dedication to improvised music. Now with a history of over two decades, and a discography of over one hundred releases, which is not to mention the numerous solo and side-project releases which encompass everything from drone, acid-folk, acapella, to minimalist composition, the group show no signs of relenting in the pace of their creative energy.
In December 2017 Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso UFO welcomed new vocalist Jyonson Tsu, and performed an initial show together in Tokyo at the Annual Acid Mothers Temple Festival. Sadly this era also marked the departure from the band of long-standing member Mitsuru Tabata. This new incarnation of the AMT collective, featuring founders Kawabata and Higashi, at the helm, plus the recently recruited rhythm section of Sakamoto and Uchida who joined the group in 2015. The band tour Europe in this new incarnation for the first time in Autumn 2018.
Read more about the Acid Mothers Temple universe at their website – acidmothers.com
Having looked at some of their YouTube show footage the music ranges from hectic to serene but what I like the most was their use of ‘psychedelic’ lighting. I think this could give my own work a ‘Maya Rochet’ feel on the night. Watch the example below.
Fingers crossed by taking this chance, people will be respectful of my work and it will not be damaged. I am going over to the venue soon and will check in detail how the logistics of the night will be planned so that it takes into account the safety of my images.
I’m sure all will be fine but after all the time, effort and money invested in the work (and regardless of insurance) I can’t help feel very protective of my work.