GLOBAL ART PROJECT collaborative SF INT ARTS FEST DADA ANNIVERSARY 2016

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PARTICIPANTS MAY 20-JUNE 5, 2016 include:
GAP core members
ASSOCIATES/FRIENDS OF GAP (F.O.G.)
GLOBAL ART PROJECT fosters international collaborative practice in various incarnations since 2014 and became a formal group out of the KNEE(jerk) Fragmentation (mail art) PROJECT in 2014 with workshops, exhibitions and studio interaction in Venice, Treviso, Lecce and Rome, Italy – Mazatlan, Mexico, USA at various cites and coming up in The Netherlands in 2017. Our acitiviy is artist-run, conceived and executed working both within and outside of mainstream traditional presenting organizations establising the collaborative future and proudly participate in this observation of the 100 Anniversary of the DADA ARTS MOVEMENT in association with the SF INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL and our curators Hanna Regev and Matt Mckinley ( McKinley Art Solutions).

CURRENT / PAST / CORE / ASSOCIATES / FRIENDS OF GAP:

CARL HEYWARD usa
AKIKO SUZUKI japan
VERED GERSZTENKORN israel
RON WEIJERS netherlands
GREGORY J. ROSE USA
RON SHELTON usa
MASANI LANDFAIR WISEWATERS usa
LAURA OH korea
ANNIE LINDBERG usa
ROBERT REED usa
VIOLET SKIPP HAFFNER usa
MASSIMO NOTA italy
MARIO CATALONA italy
SARAH O’HALA usa
JOHN CRABTREE uk
JENNY HYNES usa
HEATHER WILCOXON usa
GLEN ROGERS mexico
ALVARO SANCHEZ guatemala
MARIA ALLOCCO usa
ROSALYN SALTERS ACOSTS usa
LORNA CRANE australia
JOAN STENNICK usa
SUZANNE JACQUOT usa
SIGURD ELLEFLAADT philippines

Dada Here and Now

Honoring the centennial of the birth of Dada, this exhibition offers contemporary responses by local, national and international artists to enduring questions first posited by their Dada predecessors. In 1916 a group of pacifist artists from across Europe, reacting to the political unrest of that time, convened in Zurich and proceeded to jolt the art world through a multi-disciplinary questioning of established norms and academic traditions. Firmly embracing both the newest technology of the day and the element of chance in the creative process the movement included visual arts, literature, poetry, art manifestos, theory, theater and graphic design all underscored by anti-war politics. Building upon this conceptual groundwork, the visual and performance artists participating the 2016 SF International Arts Festival blend chance, technology, collaboration and audience interaction to add to the legacy and influence of Dada.

The original Dadaists sought to create ‘anti-art’ that shocked, ridiculed and challenged the status quo in response to the politics that fueled World War I. They created absurd, colorful, fun art that broke all the rules simply by having no rules. Philosophically, the Dadaist response, both then and now, to the absurdities they perceive is to be mindful of the irrational and utilize the absurd as a guiding force that embraces chance procedures, playfulness, found objects, irony, and whimsical expression while also taking the opportunity to examine context, question purpose, and measure personal values against a perceived societal mean through the use of cutting edge contemporary tools to dialogue with their audience.

These are the challenges put forth to contemporary practitioners of Dada:
Can art successfully challenge a fixed mindset? Is a dialogue generated by provocative art possible and can it lead to change, co-existence, tolerance, and cooperation? Can art inspired by Dadaism be important or relevant today, or is it something that was of its time?

The artists, performers, musicians, videographers, and other creative types participating in this exhibition collectively present the imaginative results of being challenged to move beyond the Duchampian idea of ‘retinal art’ and focus on the possibilities within the creative process to introduce or re-imagine philosophies of free thought and creative output as vehicles for intellectual expansion, questioning contemporary notions of what constitutes art Here and Now.

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