The International Art Exhibition “Voice of Glass Collaborative”
22.01.2021. – 28.03.2021.
The Art Museum RIGA BOURSE
Single authorship is still prevalent in art. This situation makes the idea of collaboration a new frontier to explore the nature of inspiration, ideation, creation, and realization. Aspects of personal, national, societal, and cultural identity can more readily be considered and expressed from the multiple points of view the collaborative experience provides. With the “Voice of Glass Collaborative” exhibition the emphasis will be on global, international points of view and exploring pluralistic approaches to creating. We hope to define what it means to be one among others. We live in an increasingly global environment where the key to facing current and future challenges will require cooperative efforts. Collaboration within the arts can be seen as playing field for considering complex issues and questions as the arts can encompass all disciplines. Currently artists are collaborating with scientists, economists, anthropologists as well as composers, poets, and choreographers, the list is extensive.
“Voice of Glass Collaborative” involves international artists focusing on glass as a medium integrated with other disciplines including transitional collaborations. Unity and diversity of content is inherent in the works presented. Through interdisciplinary arts the essence of humanity and complexities of social unity and duality can be revealed. Through the dynamic process of collaboration, we hope to discover new forms of experimental hybridization which communicate rich and complex associations.
“A total work of art is only possible in the context of the whole of society. Everyone will be a necessary co-creator of a social architecture, and so long as anyone cannot participate, the ideal form of democracy has not been reached.” (Joseph Beuys)
“When you sing with a group of people, you learn how to subsume yourself into a group consciousness…That’s one of the great feelings – to stop being me for a little while and to become us. That way lies empathy, the great social virtue.” (Brian Eno)
“Working in collaboration leads to a rich dialogue yielding unexpected results.” (Alexander Gorlizki)
Julija Pociute, Lithuania
Kazushi Nakada, Finland
Meng Du, China
Rui Sasaki, Japan
Anna Varnase, Latvia
Suojia Zhang, China
Anjali Srinivasan, USA/India
Inguna Audere, Latvia
Michael Rogers, USA
Jin Hongo, Japan
Anna Norberg, Sweden
Clara Bro Uerkvitz, Denmark
Bohyun Yoon, South Korea
Maarja Maemets, Estonia
Advisory Committee Members – Suojia Zhang, Jin Hongo and Milan Hlaves
Curators – Inguna Audere, Michael Rogers, Vita Birzaka
Organizers – Glass Point studio (Ltd. Stikla māja)
The Art Museum RIGA BOURSE is an architectural monument of national importance. The museum is a place for cultural exchange where excellence is more important than the artist’s national origin and it strives to be a meeting point between west and east, expressions of classical and contemporary art. RIGA BOURSE is located at the heart of Riga Old Town, Doma laukums 6.
Imagining Sustainable Glass Network Europe (ISGNE) supports artists, designers, curators and cultural workers working in the field of glass across Europe through the provision of mobility visits, residencies, exhibitions, professional transnational classes and audience development initiatives such as artist-led community workshops, symposiums and an annual forum.
ISGNE is a partnership between North Lands Creative, UK, Berlin Glas Germany, Ltd. Stikla Māja Latvia and National College of Art and Design Ireland funded through the Creative Europe Co-operation projects funding strand.
ISGNE will run over four years until May 2022 and will also look to make the medium of glass more accessible to a non-arts audience, bringing to the fore a wider public debate on the sustainability of contemporary glass by a programme of ambitious and unique experiences.