Moving Art Initiative F.L.O.A.T. working in the artist residency.
New York City.
Artist presentations at Residency Unlimited.
Idea exchanges at Lunch meetings at Residency Unlimited.
Public presentations at Residency Unlimited.
Field trip at the Bronx Museum. Antonio Sergio Bessa, Bronx Museum Director of Curatorial Programs, lead Residency Unlimited artists through the political and pivotal work of Gordon Matta-Clark.
Studio visit at artist Yasue Maetake based in New York.
Discovering work of artist David Straange based in New York.
Moving Art Initiative F.L.O.A.T. is a nomadic artist initiative. Founded in Amsterdam by alumni of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. Video artist Ginta Vasermane and filmmaker Maciej Madracki create exhibitions from place to place. It focuses on composing exhibitions/events, adapted to the chosen theme and available space. The policy of F.L.O.A.T. is to enable artists to share their works with the broad audience around Europe and beyond and to shed light on valuable works in the field of moving image.
F.L.O.A.T’s exhibitions usually start playfully: with a word, a line, a title, a work of an artist, a work of a non-artist, a thought, or an exhibition space. Throughout the working process F.L.O.A.T. collects different artworks and ideas expressed in different media, and combine them into one flow of images, an exhibition. To realize and research every project fully F.L.O.A.T. aims to find each time a different appropriate or inappropriate space where it locates ideas and visual research in physical dimensions. F.L.O.A.T always chooses artists and themes of their exhibitions accordingly to given space and context of the show. Presented works are either of the artists from the initiative or outside of it.
This spring, for the period of two months - from March to April 2018 - Moving Artist’s Initiative F.L.O.A.T. participated in Residency Unlimited in New York. Residency Unlimited is a project-based residency programme where visual artists and curators meet to develop, research and present new projects. During the residency F. L. O.A.T experienced intense and generous meetings, both with the curators and the artists + the ones that we met in the streets and in the art scene of New York.
The public presentation of F.L.O.A.T. in Residency Unlimited is titled "Collective motion". The show organized in the former Presbyterian Church was composed of video works by Ginta Vasermane and Maciej Madracki. The main accent was put on their shared interest in social choreography as a metaphor for modernity, but also as a mode of shaping the social organization. Linking dance and everyday movement "Collective motion" invited the audience to reconsider the aesthetics and social order in relationship to the movement of bodies.