We Portal | V&A Livestream Event
6.00pm BST London
Monday 26 June 2017
Victoria and Albert Museum
Facebook: @victoriaandalbertmuseum | Instagram:@vamuseum | Twitter:@V_and_A
A live stream of specially commissioned works performed and exhibited concurrently on the V&A Facebook, Twitter and Instagram platforms – broadcast from the basement of the V&A’s new Sainsbury Gallery, London
Facebook Live Artists: Anneke Kampman/Laura Wilson/Mike Harvey/Holly Pester/Mira Calix and Darrah Morgan/Dr Louis Moreno/Luke McCreadie/Ellas Robson Guillfoyle/Deboragh Coughlin?Luarie Tompkins and Susie Whaite/Tom Smit/Dylan Spencer Davidson/Peter Liversidge/Andy Holden
Instagram exhibition artists: Nimble News Network/Dom Aversino/Original Swimming Party/Peter Liversidge/Mira Calix/Mathew de Kersaint Giradeau
Twitter exhibiton artists: Ian Macmillan/Hannah Morrish/David Whyte/Mira Calix/Peter Liversidge/Nick Ryan/Nimble News
Ahead of the much-anticipated opening of the V&A museum’s Exhibition Road Quarter in London thisSeptember, We Portal will broadcast live from the object preparation room in the basement of its newly built Sainsbury Gallery. Available as a stream on the V&A’s Facebook page, the live broadcast will feature 14 specially commissioned performances, which will play out alongside a series of artworks by a further 12 artists, to be viewed on the museum’s Twitter and Instagram platforms. We Portal live stream is part of REVEAL, a free, week-long public festival that runs at the V&A museum from 30 June to 7 July 2017.
We Portal is the brainchild of multidisciplinary artist Mira Calix. It is an exploration, a re-appropriation of the existing conventions and constructs of online platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. By commissioning art that works exclusively within the confines of these templates, Calix subverts the notion that they exist only as virtual spaces, and treats each platform as an exhibition space in its own right.
We Portal performances last between 10-15 minutes and are directed to a static camera, an invisible online audience of one. The set up is simple, intimate and broadly standardised. By broadcasting from modest, backstage spaces, usually out of bounds to the public, We Portal invites the online international and dispersed audience to discover not only a new vista of the venue, but new artists and art-forms that encompass contemporary dance, literature, poetry, science, performance art, electronic and contemporary classical music and more. Publicised with only a few, cryptic, social media trailers just days before going live, the We Portal stream is activated, and followers are automatically notified, surprised and intrigued. Using a simple, low-fi approach, Calix terms this back to basics: ‘no frills, just art’.
In 1899 Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone of the new V&A museum and proclaimed:
‘I trust it will remain for ages a Monument of discerning Liberty and a source of Refinement and Progress’.
For the We Portal | V&A takeover, Calix has invited artists to respond to the ideas and associations of those words, individually or collectively: Liberty, Refinement, Progress, extending it as a subject for the practitioners to explore and respond to, either in the presentation of new. or existing works. To consider the constructs of their allocated social media platform and most importantly the ‘audience of one’ on the other side of the screen.
Calix’s ethos is to share diverse artistic practices in a simple and egalitarian manner, and to work collaboratively. In December 2016 she launched an online portal to serve as a creative hub, a curated space, and a confluence of the various strands of her own multidisciplinary practice. In a world that accentuates the ‘I’, Calix chose to emphasise the ‘We’ by creating this new online platform, and inviting artists to stretch and play with the formats of existing ones.
The first We Portal live stream was broadcast in early January 2017 from the ladies loo at Warp Records HQ in London. Shared on both the Mira Calix and Warp Records Facebook pages it totalled 34,000 live viewers with a reach of 134,000.The We Portal | V&A Museum Social Network Takeover is on Monday 26th June 2017 from 6pm, tune-in at:
Facebook: @victoriaandalbertmuseum | Instagram:@vamuseum | Twitter: @V_and_A
Facebook: @miracalixartist | Instagram: @weportal_ @miracalix_ | Twitter: @WePortal_ @miracalix
Facebook Live Artists
I: @ anak_ka
music composed by Mira Calix and Larry Goves
I : @mk_hrvy
Mira Calix & Darragh Morgan
T: @miracalix / @MorganDarragh
Dr Louis Moreno
Ella Robson Guilfoyle
Music composed by Tyondai Braxton
T: @ellaguilfoyle / @tyondaibraxton
I : @ellarobsonguilfoyle
Feat Jamie Monk
Laurie Tompkins & Susie Whaite
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