The Bust Chair Conversations is both a series of interviews in which I would like to speak with a selected group of people in Dutch cultural sector and a public art project as a permanent installation of 12 Bust Chairs.
Interviews: In the phase one, I am planning to conduct and film 10 guerrilla interviews with selected list of people who would be sited in a monumental marble chair created by me as an artist for my guests. The chair would be placed in various gardens or outdoor spaces just for the duration of the interviews. We would record these short sessions to be placed on social media (Instagram and YouTube). The themes of the talks would range from current pandemic situation affecting creative industries, through art and design in the times of environmental awareness all the way to personal testimonies on the struggles and hopes of the cultural sector. The Covid-19 pandemic is having an impact on a global scale in such an extent that it can be considered the on par with major market crashes of the 20th Century as well as wars. The implications are tremendous and the changes inevitable. What is the new decade gonna look like? Are going back to normal? What are the concerns and hopes? The duration of the interview will be maximum 20 minutes. The idea is to have a relaxed and feel good dialogue (or monologue) that is no solely related to the expertise of the guest but touch on the subjects of our time and questions arising from the current change in paradigm. I will invite guests to conduct the interviews in English in order to promote these dialogues on the international scale. The guest are naturally free to choose to speak Dutch in case they feel more comfortable. The Dutch versions will be thus available for the media in the Netherlands.
Public Art Sculpture
This is a proposal for a permanent installation entitled “Next Acropolis” of 12 stone chairs arranged in a circle spaced by 1.5 meters as a symbol of the social distancing rule. Each chair would be a made from a different kind of a stone (various marbles, granite, etc.) and sourced out from various quarries from Europe. This public art installation would be placed in a city park, nature or landscape.