Marres House for Contemporary Culture, a visual arts institution in Maastricht, is producing a large scale installation that will transform the gallery into a series of experiential rooms. Called The Relativity of Matter, the installation is a sensory exploration of place and built form as the audience moves through corridors and unique environments installed inside the gallery’s four walls. It’s designed by and rising artist Levi van Veluw and nominee for the Volkskrant Fne Art Prize 2015. Filling a gap in sponsorship, the exhibition is supported by a crowdfunding campaign. Valentijn Byvanck, a critic and also the Director at Marres House of Contemporary culture, describes the work as well as the uniqueness of the crowdfunding engagement.
Moving next to Montreal, Fonderie Darling is a visual arts center inside an abandoned factory. Steel and iron were booming the 1880s, and the site is symbolic of Montreal’s industrial heritage. Today the foundry exhibits art, offers international artist residencies, and holds not to be missed street parties. Caroline Andrieux, Founder and Artistic Director of Fonderie Darling, describes a crowdfunding campaign to generate funds for an installation called Mirador that would be situated outside the gallery on the 6-metre strip of remaining sidewalk space on the street once the fire clearances have been accounted for. Le Collectif Acapulco is now at work on the installation. Caroline describes Fonderie Darling as a living organism, revealing how adaptation and social engagement within an “improving” neighbourhood keep the organization connected to its local public.
And finally, Dan Barasch, co-founder and executive director of The Low Line, describes the daunting challenge he and his partner James Ramsey took on…developing a public park in an underground streetcar station. The Williamsburg Trolly Terminal, located under Delancy Street in Manhattan’s Lower Eastside and abandoned in the 1940s, is the site of the proposed park. Plantlife being key to the park idea, they needed to come up with a daylighting option that would bring sunlight to the underground terminal. Dan describes how the design has evolved and how two crowdfunding campaigns have contributed to public engagement.
So, while crowdfunding is hardly new, the democratic nature of the medium allows for art and amenities created for the public to be supported by the public.
note: The Relativity of Matter exhibition is taking reservations here for the viewing that will open in October. Mirador will open later this summer. The Low Line is producing a Lab for further research, development, neighbours are welcome.