Without a clear vision of the future or a shared belief in the continual transformation of society for the better, the question arises, how will the role of the artist function and change - drifting in the wake of utopian imaginaries - after the future?
The Atlantic Project: After the Future is a pilot for a new international festival of contemporary art, taking place in public contexts and outdoor locations across Plymouth, UK, from 28 September 2018.
The Atlantic Project brings artists of international renown to Plymouth, and provides an open platform for artist-led activities, that are relevant and distinctive to the locality.
Participating artists include Nilbar Güreş (Turkey), Tommy Støckel (Denmark), Liu Chuang (China), Yan Wang Preston (China), Hito Steyerl (Germany), Vermeir & Heiremans (Belguim), Kiluanji Kia Henda (Angola), Donald Rodney (UK), Shezad Dawood (UK), Postcommodity (USA), Ryoji Ikeda (Japan), Carl Slater (UK), SUPERFLEX (Denmark), Uriel Orlow (Switzerland), Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll (Australia), Chang Jia (South Korea), Jane Grant and John Matthias (UK), Ursula Biemann (Switzerland), Bryony Gillard (UK) and Space Interface.
In the build-up to Mayflower 400 in 2020, marking the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ voyage from Plymouth to the so-called ‘New World’ in North America, the aim is to test out the elements that will make up a potential new ‘biennial’ festival in the UK. As well as trialling an internationally significant event that will raise the critical profile of visual arts in Plymouth and the region, The Atlantic Project aims to be a highly engaging experience for a wide range of audiences that is relevant and distinctive to the locality.
Curated by Artistic Director and writer on contemporary arts Tom Trevor, the project has been developed as a partnership between The Box and the University of Plymouth, as part of the Horizon programme led by Plymouth Culture, with support from Arts Council England's 'Ambition for Excellence' fund and Plymouth City Council.
Taking place in unconventional contexts across the city, including a number of locations that have been inaccessible to the public for some years, The Atlantic Project has commissioned new site-specific works by artists of international renown, whilst also providing an open platform for artist-led activities.
To see the full programme please visit http://theatlantic.org. See our press release about the event.
Date: Friday 28 September – Sunday 21 October
Venue: Various locations across Plymouth