【EVENT IN BRIEF】
Hookup #1: Professional Speed-Dating for Artists & Curators
Thu, 22 Jan 2015, 4.30 - 6.30 pm
Art Stage Singapore 2015
Hookup #1 was the first in a series of professional networking events curated by Michael Lee's Studio Bibliothèque for artists and curators. It was held in the LATENT SPACES booth in the annual Art Stage Singapore 2015 held at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, on Thu, 22 Jan 2015, 4.30-6.30pm. This was one of a series of in-conjunction programmes by LATENT SPACES in its Art Stage booth.
Dialogues and collaborations between artists and curators are such a norm in contemporary art that we forget to ask a curious question: What do artists and curators actually do when they meet? In Hookup #1, we will find that out when 8 artists are 'match-made' with 8 curators through one-on-one self-introductions associated with the speed-dating format. Which artists will meet their dream curators, and who will go home disappointed? Which curator will catch the most fancies from artists, and which artist will book the most number of new projects? Will artist-curator speed-dating turn into a bloody sport?
Although networking opportunities among artists and curators seem commonplace, much of these exist in informal, private and closed circles. This means that certain types of artists and curators (e.g., those who are introverted) get overlooked. Hookup #1 aims to provide a semi-formal platform for as diverse a group of artists and curators as possible to meet. While successful or perfect matches cannot be guaranteed, the event will provide opportunities for all kinds of dialogues, friendships and working relationships. The guiding principles are diversity, inclusivity and long-term development.
Due to commercial interests and the pressure to sell, an art fair sometimes does not offer the most conducive conditions for experimentation. This event is part of the LATENT SPACES booth's aim to promote experimental artistic projects at Art Stage Singapore 2015; increase visibility of the work of artists; maximising the publicity potential of the fair; and offering opportunities for networking, mingling and collaborations among artists and the larger artistic circle.