An innovative cross-platform art project is to take place at Edge Hill University this November.
Florilegium draws on the research of curator and Edge Hill PhD student James Burrows, who in 2012 started to use Facebook and Twitter to investigate digital narrative and storytelling. His findings were distributed to a collective of professional and postgraduate artists across a range of creative disciplines – including two Edge Hill University alumni – who have created works and performances based on the collected data.
An exhibition at Edge Hill’s Arts Centre will display aspects of ephemera documenting each’s artists’ creative process, giving visitors a glimpse ‘behind the scenes’. Each piece will be accompanied by a QR code which visitors can use to ‘unlock’ details of performances and completed artworks connected to each creative process.
Performances spanning genres from Burlesque to Monologue, will take place on different days throughout the exhibition period, at the University’s Arts Centre.
Curator James Burrows say that he sees this work as a fully participatory conceptual artwork; a distributed memetic system jointly owned and authored by contributing artists, himself as curator, and the public. Not only can visitors to the exhibition use their devices to unlock exclusive content – much like ‘easter eggs’ on a video game or extras on a DVD – they can also feed in their own contributions using the hashtag #flori14.
Throughout the exhibition period, James and Edge Hill Performing Arts alumni Catarina Soromenho will draw on the public’s contributions – which will be projected above the exhibition space – and the evolving work of the artists to prepare a final event.
Florilegium: REMIX will mark the finale of the project on 24 November.