Here are three audio pieces about each of the projects. The sound was gathered over the course of each project and includes interviews and documentation of the making and intallation of the works.
This publication was produced on the completion of the project. Physical copies are also available. Get in touch if you’d like one.
Steph Fuller from Ideas Test is giving a paper about We know what we like and we like what we know at a conference happening in the Netherlands on 20th June: International Perspectives On Participation & Engagement in the Arts, hosted by the Department of Media and Culture Studies, Utrecht University. Steph will be presenting the project in a session entitled ‘Redefining participation – public art experiments and their effects’.
More information here.
Participants and members of the public gathered at the Whitstable Umbrella Centre Heritage Cafe for a live listening of our ‘hearing’ of the project (short radio extracts) followed by an open discussion with participants and artists. Our special thanks go to Jo Henderson from the Heritage Cafe for the great hosting and cream teas!
We know what we like and we like what we know is an experimental public art project, funded by Ideas Test, involving contemporary artists working with residents in Swale, Kent, to produce bespoke artworks for people’s homes. We are looking to commission 3 artists for the project. Each artist will be paired with a different household and over the course of a month (starting in January 2013) will create a new piece of art for residents’ homes.
Participation in the arts in Swale is low and this project is about putting artists in direct contact with potential audiences (likely to have little or no experience of contemporary art) to encourage an exchange of views resulting in the creation of new work. Reversing the usual dynamics of production and reception We know what we like and we like what we knowis about starting with resident’s interests and ideas on art and seeing how these might align with those of the contemporary artist’s. Perhaps households will want exactly what the selected artist wants to make, but equally there might be disagreement, in which case a process of negotiation and exchange will be necessary. Processes and outcomes will very much depend on the individuals involved and the project is as much about the journey as about the final works that are made.
Finished work will be installed in situ in each of the houses and kept by the householders, (if they so choose). The work and process will be documented and feature in a publication about the project. There may also be additional exhibition opportunities arising from the project in the future.