compassion, collaboration & cooperation iN transistion
THE PROJECT began in response to a Science Section article in The New York
Times that referred to the existence of the fourth dimension. Although the
article did not further explore or question what this dimension might [BE]
about, a group of curious artists did.
They committed to a weekly discussion called "Seminar 4D", where they would
project called Free Space, which focuses on the response-ability of the artist
and freedom through the APPROPRIATION of IDEAS.
In the beginning, there was AN IDEA, and THE IDEA created A THEME.
As more IDEAS followed, more THEMES were created. So, at the very heart
of THE PROJECT is the "Full Circle Theme Cabinet", in which IDEAS are stored
as works in progress.
THESE IDEAS, both realised and unrealised, are contributed and catalogued
according to THEMES: Full Circle, Give and Take, Catch and Release,
Fake and Real and Start and Finish. IF an IDEA does not fit inside one of
these THEMES, which seems to be rare, a NEW THEME will be generated.
Free Space IS an ongoing experiment in CULTURAL ALCHEMY, in
which incoming IDEAS are examined, discussed, questioned and then
re-appropriated into DIFFERENT FORMS. In goes THE IDEA, out comes
THE PRODUCT. An example IS the need to return to NATURAL TIMING ~
creative time in contrast to Father Time. THIS IDEA IS packaged as a
Free Space clock. There are no longer any hour or minute hands.
Only the minute hand (in red, with green spot at centre) remains ticking
• as [IT] traverses the domed reflective surface of the WORLD AS IS
moment by moment • or alternatively the minute hand pointing to
magnetic north thus altering and [RE]presenting alternative approaches
to [3•6•9] TIME.
The philosophy of THE PROJECT is true to its name. [IT] IS based in the
recovery of freedom and expressed through metaphor. [IT] IS also study
in collaboration, evolution and change, as artists work together
creating an environment (which includes the physical installations and
performances in the space, the objects created out of the ideas in its
cabinets, as well as interactive installations in other venues).
The Free Space concept, which believes that the intellect and naive should
work together as a T.E.A.M. (as in Together Everyone Achieves More )
applied to the curriculum of a nearby school.
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