June 26th and 27th
Curator and Exhibiting Artist
Fest Too was an annual festival celebrating the DIT/DIY community, hosted by the Lab All Ages. The Lab All Ages is a collective of artists, musicians, and organizers all invested in cultivating a thriving DIY/DIT scene in Northern Virginia. Together we have created a space to showcase a diverse group of up-and-comers from all ends of the artistic spectrum. Fest Too included workshops, over 40 musical performances, and art exhibits, as well as hosting distros from around the DMV.
For Fest Too 2015 I was asked to create an exhibit as well as a Call for Art.
Using the framework of “Humanizing Art” and “Doing Life Together,” create a work of art that will decorate and/or physically inhabit the space for Fest Too 2014. The project must be a collaboration between two or more people. This work should speak to what it means to be a part of the Lab All Ages community or invite the audience into the experience of Fest Too by creating a space for social interaction and creative play.
Why Humanizing Art and Doing Life Together?
“Millennials” (Generation Y) are those born between 1983 and the early 2000s. This generation, our generation is the most connected ever. We are the first to grow up with the Internet and use palm sized computers to talk with people halfway across the world. With the prevalence of Facebook and other social media, we have the ability to stay plugged in 24/7.
Ironically, it is reported that Gen Y is fast becoming the most isolated and lonely generation. What if we aren’t lonelier than those before us but simply more acutely sensitive to our “alone-ness” because we are constantly notified of our friend’s seemingly perfect lives through social media?
The Lab All Ages seeks to create a community of DIT (Doing It Together). Through music and arts we seek to experience/share/question/interpret our lives and create authentic (face-to-face) friendships. In this way, we “do life together” and allow our art to be a humanizing force in the world.
We encourage out of the box thinking. Art can be anything from 2D/3D to installation, to video to performance and anything in between! Your “art” can be an actual object, an event or “happening” or even an artifact of the process of an artistic experience. Think WAY beyond the confines of a canvas!