This summer, tour Martha’s Vineyard through the eyes of 150 global artists.
Consenses debuted summer 2014 on Martha’s Vineyard. As part of the 3-day event: “The Festival of the Senses.” This summer it returns to the Vineyard as an alternative way of exploring the island: A tour of Martha’s Vineyard through the eyes of 150 artists from around the world.
Images of the exhibition...
Sally Taylor is an artist and musician. In 1998, reluctant to sign to a major record label, she formed her own, ambitiously producing and recording three albums (Tomboy Bride, Apt #6S & Shotgun). She and a 5-piece band toured 180 days of the year. She thrived on the production elements of running a label and the creative elements of writing, recording, and performing. When she retired from the road at age 30 she moved to Boston and began teaching music. She is currently taking time off from The Berklee College of Music to work exclusively on Consenses. In this effort she is dedicated to enlarging the scope of artistic collaboration, the recognition of art as a journey, and the exploration of human perception.
Images of Sally...
How many chains?
There are 22 Chains. Eight were interpreted by Boston based set designers who created individual exhibits to showcase the pieces. A ninth Chain, featuring the music of Ben Taylor and photograph by Janet Woodcock will be created by the Wellesley College Theatre Department and will debut on November 17th, 2014. There are13 additional Chains that are viewable on tablets as video compilations throughout the exhibition.
Images of the chains...
How many artists?
There are more than 150 artists. They come from 23 countries, and they represent a variety of disciplines.
Participating Artists (In alphabetical order)
Bjorn Okholm Skaarup
Caja van der Poel
Connor Foley Shambrook
Dawn Spencer Hurwitz
Fernando Hernando Magadan
Laurent Le Guernec
Lior Lev Sercarz
Mary Ann Wakeley
Michael Driebeek van der Ven
Nikki Sherritt Lewis
Samadhi Dance Co.
Stacy Lim Butiki tea
- Sally Taylor’s TED Talk “The Beautiful Dilemma of our Separateness.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vj4xiXn6lxM
- Consenses in The Improper Bostonian’s Fall Arts Preview http://www.improper.com/columns/art-that-gets-a-reaction/
- A great piece in the Martha’s Vineyard Arts & Ideas: http://mvartsandideas.com/2014/07/finding-consenses/ (http://bit.ly/1xLUeQJ)
- The set up piece by the MVGazette: http://mvgazette.com/news/2014/08/14/journey-artistic-interpretation-flows-freely?k=vg53edf04a0b477
- An art review by the MVTimes: http://www.mvtimes.com/2014/08/19/festival-senses-gathers-artists-world/
- Sally’s “Thank You!” to everyone: http://consenses.org/thank-you-from-sally/
Consenses is a global art form and project that unfolds like a game of Telephone across the world.
A musician interprets a photograph, a dancer interprets their song, a painter interprets the dance, a perfumer interprets the painting, a poet interprets the perfume and so on until all five senses are represented.
Each artist extracts the essence of the artwork they are provided and uses it as the catalyst for their own creation. Finally set designers are given the cumulative artwork and asked to create a physical space for the art to live in. Repeating this process 22 times, 150 artists from around the world ended up participating from 22 countries. The resulting exhibition is now showing through the end of 2015. Visitors participate by lending their own artistic interpretations of the work on display. Consenses for its artists as well as for its visitors, builds unity, understanding, compassion and tolerance for others perspectives. For more information please refer to the TED Talk here.