Fri 3 Jul '20 - Art / expo

WORM Open City Live: IMACO 4 – Rowan van As

The Imaginary Art Collective: The Art of Letting Go

Part 1: “Letting go and decluttering”.

Decluttering could be an art form. We often clean up our mental and physical spaces to find new inspiration, freedom and calm. And in a time of isolation, many of us are surrounded by nothing but the objects we own.

Maybe it’s time to ask: what do these items mean to us?

And what stuff do we choose to keep, or let go?

WORM formed IMACO (The Imaginary Art Collective) to reflect on this topic.

And in our performance space UBIK, a performative estafette (relay race) is taking place.

The artists involved in this relay couldn’t make physical contact, but they could pass on objects to one another. Each artist brings an object, gives a final performance to it, to “say goodbye” and leaves it to the following artist to adopt. The performer becomes the body between the objects.

Each Friday – beginning 12th June – we will release one video performance from the IMACO series. As an audience, you will not see the object until the video performances begin. They will be released via and WORM’s Instagram.

Each performance will be accompanied by an interview explaining the artist’s rationale around the exchange.

ARTIST PERFORMANCE #4: Rowan van As – ‘Seagull’.

In my performances Rowan regularly uses a musical instrument; such as trumpet, piano or accordion. These are augmented by found, everyday, or self-made objects to create sounds; ones that become part of the show in a humorous way. Rowan has, for example, converted an old comfy chair from the 1990s into a sound assembly which recreates the sound of seagulls. These instruments embody the idea that everyone’s living space is just as much a work of art, if not much more. Rowan also organises events under the name sunny side up, mainly from his studio.

An interview with Rowan, based around the specifics of this project, will follow shortly.