Our third COLLABOR-8 event was a huge success. The programme of wonderful music and the atmosphere of live exhibition was the perfect mix of being entertaining and artistic. Definitely something young people could enjoy.
I, as a member of Nottingham Contemporary’s COLLABOR-8 group, was probably one of the members that looked most forward to the event. I was definitely not prepared to miss out on anything.
On the day of the event, I arrived right after noon to help with the setup and installation. It was enjoyable seeing it all put together but out of all the hours of work, it was unquestionably the last hour before the event that was most intense and thrilling. Everyone was running around finishing the final touches and placements of artworks as the mocktails we designed were brought into the Space. The excitement of seeing the space coming to life was a brilliant experience. The music was fantastically atmospheric and the artworks fitted into the atmosphere. There were small workshops around which linked the ideas about the event together. It was really brilliant.
When I think back I realised that the formation of the event was not purely from months of work, it really started all the way back last year at the building up of the first COLLABOR-8 event with Circuit. All the visual artwork and the planning of the event was based on the experiences we gained and learned from previous events -as well as collaboration with different groups of people. Linking back into the previous events and data collection about ‘creativity’ we wanted to use the most popular form of creativity – music as the basis of the event. There was also talk about ‘selfies’ which dominated the world of social media today and is big part in young people’s lives. It soon formed into one of the most important ideas.
Sometimes it can be perceived that youth of today are those adrift and are an alienated generation but it is definitely it is more important to question ourselves and not to leave it to the media. This was the main idea we truly wanted to explore and convey through this event. With the idea about ‘selfies’, we asked the questions- ‘How does society see me’ and ‘How I see myself’ on the event and allowed everyone to convey their thoughts as simple photographs. I personally found the results to be quite fascinating as there was so much anticipation when questioning the self.
To me, the event felt very precious as I saw it being built from scratch and helped to shape it. I can definitely say it was a wonderful experience to be able to present our work. Maybe this time it’s your chance to get involved and COLLABOR-8.
Xuanmei Ren (16)
Coming from a chinese family of korean descent. I like drawing and illustration and learning about different culture and history (especially of Japan).