Under the title ‘Tact Gear’ you will find a portable version of ‘Artist Crisis Center’ – a physical manifestation of metaphysical space for discussing as well as creating, transporting and exhibiting art. The modestly sized (fig. 1), collapsable (fig. 7-9) backpack includes:
a portable table (fig. 2)
Artist Crisis Center user manual (fig. 2)
a sketchbook (fig. 2)
an endless blues pencil (fig. 2)
a medium size primed canvas ready for painting (fig. 2)
an extra large primed canvas ready for painting (can be used as a yoga mat or temporary bed) (fig. 3)
a necktie to bring some class to any outfit (fig. 2)
a functional bag (fig. 2)
a paintbrush with extra long handle to maintain/cover distance (fig. 2)
a compartment with built-in answers to all the big questions (cannot be opened by any physical means) (fig. 2)
an opportunity to reach for those unattainable answers (fig. 2)
an easy to prepare meal (fig. 2, 4 and 5)
a waterproof coat (fig. 2)
a room to grasp, hold and in which to be touched by something (fig. 2)
a studio with a skylight (fig. 12)
an art gallery that can be expanded by joining in union with fellow backpack owners (fig. 13, 14, 16)
a temporary housing solution (fig. 14)
a flag to declare your ideals to the world (fig. 18-19)
an outfit for a special occasion (fig. 20)
an extension for yourself (fig. 21-22)
contemporary art (fig. 23)
The project is realized in collaboration with 427 Gallery (Riga, Latvia).
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A special thanks to Kaspars Groševs and The Latvian State Culture Capital Foundation.
About The Space Conductors Are Among Us
As a platform for contemporary art, P/////AKT aims to allow its artists to create their own mental space inside its walls – an always changing environment for the visitors to immerse themselves in. In 2020 The Space Conductors kick off the three-year program Hey! Where is My Mind? and shed their light on what P/////AKT might mean as a space in itself; a crisis center for artists, an exhibition space reflecting its own nature, a construction among other constructions and a place that is subject to gentrification and geopolitical forces.
The participating artists are Stian Ådlandsvik (Oslo, NO), Augustas Serapinas (Vilnius, LT), Stephan Blumenschein (Amsterdam, NL), Ieva Kraule-Kūna and Elīna Vītola (Riga, LV) and Anu Vahtra (Tallinn, EE).
Artist/writer Brenda Tempelaar (Schoonhoven, NL) moderates an additional public program consisting of texts and events throughout the year, departing from her ongoing research into the social and physical space of art within contemporary life.
P/////AKT’s program is supported by Ammodo, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Mondriaan Fonds.