Visual Diary | The Transformations Boot Camp
As part of the process of developing “The Transformations” exhibition, Phuc Van Dang was really keen on working alongside some local creatives and so the AARHUSMAKERS team organized the 'TRANSFORMATION Boot Camp' on the 6th April 2019.
The session was led by Phuc. The idea behind the camp was to bring together creatives working in different mediums (paint, animation, photography, videography, sound, lighting and spatial design) to collaborate and explore the idea of transforming analogue art into a digital, multi-faceted experience that brings each of these disciplines together.
The final concept - whatever that may be - will be revealed on the exhibition opening night (April 11) as a collaborative artwork/installation.
As part of this Bootcamp, Juanjo Keena documented the process in a timeline of events. In his own words; “I’m a talker, and for the first time in a long time I just decided not to comment or ask questions, I deep dived into the Bootcamp both as a photographer but also as an individual. The day was long, it required large quantities of introspection, thinking, active listening and collaboration, what you see in this visual diary is a consolidated version of 8 hours of extremely hard work by everyone involved.”
10.00am. The day starts, Participants arrive and exchange greetings, drink a coffee or a cup of tea and get familiar with one another.
10:20am, Phuc distributes a set of questions with the idea of triggering an introspective exercise, asking the participants to draw a portrait of themselves based on the answers to the given set of questions. The bootcamp starts.
11:00 am. After the introspection exercise, the artists present their thoughts and their drawing to the group.
12:00h After a compelling set of stories, with personal insights and a reasonable dose of vulnerability, it is time for a break and to enjoy the sunshine, get some food and recharge.
13:00h After lunch, the participants regroup and discuss the next steps. The goal is to combine the different disciplines and the insights gathered from each one of the artists, to enable a conversation that will lead to a collective transformation. Small groups start to work together organically.
Conversations spark by discipline and relationship degree at first, but gradually the mix of practices start to appear.
In one corner Rosie is interviewing people, on another spot Phuc starts to paint. Maria helps Mariana and Kasper with some cables, the lights in the ceiling get blocked to avoid the sunlight to enter the space. A VHS video is recorded and everyone participates adding their individual part to the story.
16:00 Kate, Timi and Phuc organize next week’s schedule so the artists can regroup in the gallery and combine their pieces for the upcoming exhibition on the 11th April.
It is time for a final break before Phuc starts serving Vietnamese spring rolls, the day is almost over and it is time to relax and get to know one another.
After spending a day documenting the event, we asked Juanjo Keena about his experience during the day: “I’m humbled by the quality of work that was put into this bootcamp, I intend to expand this type of collaborative way of thinking and creating to other areas of the organization in AARHUSMAKERS.
It is incredibly important to highlight how much time, effort, conceptualisation, discussion and interaction an event of this type requires. Cultural entrepreneurship is a discipline incredibly hard to execute, thankfully, there is plenty of talent and people committed to demonstrate how valuable it is to pursue a career in this field, not only from a social and cultural capital perspective but also, creating commercial value.
Thank you to Phuc for leading this bootcamp.
Thank you to Timi, Kate and Katri for flawlessly organising this event. I can’t wait to see the opening. ”
Below you can find the result of Juanjo’s own “Transformation” during the bootcamp.