Nektar De Stagni and Gallery Diet are pleased to announce a new collaborative project, Hard Poems in Space.
The project, which began during the summer of 2011 through a series of workshops at NDS (Nektar De Stagni Shop) and Gallery Diet, was conceived in order to bring together invited artists and designers to make functional objects. Participants are working collaboratively or individually, but with the goal of creating an overall exchange between different practices, as well as create a cohesive and interactive social environment, to open on Fashion’s Night Out on September 8th, 2011, at the NDS Design District Space. Featured artists include Bhakti Baxter, Agathe Snow, Gean Moreno, Ernesto Oroza, Christy Gast, Jim Drain, Martin Oppel, Nektar De Stagni, Daniel Milewski, Paola Pivi, Emmett Moore, Rene Gonzalez, Fabienne Lasserre, Confetti System, Dennis Palazzolo and Aranda/Lasch.
The projects collaborative spirit is manifesting in three parts: a Brainstorm, a Buildout and the Exhibition.
The Brainstorm phase consists of a series of workshops/discussions which bring together exhibition participants and industry leaders and innovators (July/August). The most recent discussions featured Alexandra Cunningham, Director of Exhibitions for Design Miami, and Terry Riley of architecture firm K/R (and former Miami Art Museum director and MOMA curator).
The Buildout portion of the project is currently taking place (August) at both the NDS and Gallery Diet spaces and consists of an open studio practice, where participants are being encouraged to work inside of a communal space (open to viewers) and begin building their object prototypes. On display is also text outlining the project and excerpts for various emails and web posts which have served as inspiration and fostered exchange between the participants.
The Exhibition portion of this project is the final showcase at NDS Shop this Fall. Opening September 8th , 2011, all of the prototypes created for the project will come together and form one cohesive, interactive environment which will be activated by a series of dinners, performances and events throughout the fall.