07th Nov-10th Nov 2019
The Crypt Gallery
165 Euston Rd, Bloomsbury, London NW1 2BA
The word "immurement " is defined as the condition of being enclosed or confined against your will. It is a form of imprisonment.
Immurement was a multidisciplinary exhibition of the work of 37 international fine artists explores the meaning behind the word ‘immurement’ as well as the history of the crypt beneath London’s St Pancras Parish Church. It had got a good social response with a good prepare and arrangement for 6 months.
I attended as a curator and an artist.
My works including:
Collecting and following artworks' latest states
Planing space design
Docking with the installation team
Cooperating my work with the site's actual condition
Extended Research & Study
As a person who is very interested in curation, I know the essence of curation is organizing ability and the practice of embodying a curator's cultural research ability, which involve throughout the preparation of a show. Although the "curation" in this exhibition was more tend to be arranging space. I still tried to research more and connect what I had read divergently with the space to enhance my understanding of the theme and my plan of my work.
Out of my reading the point which I found very interesting was The allegory of the cave, or Plato's Cave.
Started from a cave, the key life lesson from Plato’s Cave is to question every assumption we have about the reality we call “real.” It's actually discussing kind of the way of seeing and the system of visualization.
The site of the Crypt Gallery and Plato's cave reminded me of cinema's functions, the content about "representation and truth" in Guy Debord's Society of The Spectacle.
“It is the true reflection of the production of things, and the false objectification of the producers.”- Debord
<Plato’s Allegory of the Cave: Life Lessons on How to Think for Yourself>
Curation was a teamwork in this exhibition. Everyone in the team has his own imagination and understanding of those artworks, which required us to have good communication skill to reach a good cooperation.
After collecting all artworks' proposal, we had a rough understanding and plan of the space. 6 curators were divided into 3 groups, 1 for curation statement writing, 1 for map designing and 1 for installation team docking.
My work was docking with the installation team. It needed me to have an extremely clear understanding of every artist's work, including how they installed and the meaning of them. Things arrangement kept changing during the whole period till hours before the Private View and we kept speaking for 2 days, which was exhausted but meaningful.