After a huge success from last Year’s #TRIBE15, featuring close to 100 contemporary emerging artists and open to over 2500 visitors In the Heart of London, #TRIBE16 has a firm step forward for us as we featured over 120 international and UK-based artists from the world of contemporary art, music, dance and performance. This family friendly ‘living exhibition’ attracted a record 4000 visitors, encouraging cross-disciplinary collaboration among artists from different backgrounds and plenty of public participation. The energy-fuelled weekend included FREE access for visitors to all activities.
Conceived as an immersive multicultural festival engaging a diversity of art forms including 2D art works, sculpture, dance, graffiti, art installation, video and performance, #TRIBE16 was held the first weekend of October (Friday 30 September - Sunday 2 October 2016) in one of the most exciting venues in the heart of London. We returned to Ugly Duck’s 47/49 Tanner Street, a spectacular 12,000 sq.ft Victorian warehouse spanning over 3 floors and 5 different areas that became a utopian space where notions of physicality and the limitations associated with it were challenged through a dense network of multiple human relations and energies.
Artists invited visitors to take part in a variety of activities and sought lively interaction with a very amused public. Opening up new encounters, establishing a sense of community that went beyond geographical limitations, #TRIBE16 became a playground for artists across genre where the multi-layered relationship between space and identity will be constantly tested.
The headline performance in our Private View, was ‘Pattern Regression’, an installation performance based on the recent groundbreaking dance production, ‘Pattern Recognition’, a collaboration between choreographer Alexander Whitley and digital artist Memo Akten. A motion-responsive system of moving lights developed by Akten surrounded a solo dancer, tracking and reacting to his movements in real time. In doing so, a kinetic dialogue was established between man and machine.
The performance «Fallait pas tant donner», by Paris based Cameroonian contemporary dancer Oliver Tida accompanied by singer Kengné Teguia was a tremendous success. It was about two people who struggle to find the right connection and fall in love and the dependence that one can have on another.
One of the most influential new projects in the Spanish cultural scene, LA JUAN Gallery, pioneer of the first gallery fully dedicated to live art in Madrid, came for the first time to London to present their unique immersive experience ‘Action per Sq. Metre’, a collaboration between Spanish and UK actors and performers. The public was surprised, sometimes shocked, and definitely fully entertained!.
Multi award winning Ithaca Audio presented their jaw dropping installation ‘The Storm’, an audio reactive installation exploring natural thunder soundscapes and light diffusion. Sixteen feet of cloud covering spreads from ceiling to floor concealed over 6,000 individually coded LED lights in this walk around immersive audio visual experience. Ithaca Audio also closed the Festival with their incredible 3D mapping video mash-ups that have made them so popular.
Six renowned international street artists (Amara por Dios, Annatomix, Sr.X, DALOPO, Marc Craig and Otto Schade) showcased new canvas work in our Street Art area, joined by Tenbomb, one the most exciting street art collectives now in the UK. While our Cinema Room screened a selection of short films by artists from all over the world.
Our resident DJs plus guest DJs and VJs will be played soundtracks specially curated for the event. Visitors, families and young children enjoyed group painting sessions and workshops on sketching run by different artists Angie Mukeza and William Hughes, and a ten stall food court was brimming with fresh, delicious international food from independent producers.
PR: Lucy Oulton and Katherine Scoble (www.trufflesocial.com)
Chrom-Art would like to thank:
Our Maecenas Programme supporters
Désirée Kern - Juan Iturralde - Konrad Merkofer - Alan Geeves
Greater London Authority and University of Central London for providing the 20+ additional volunteers required to host the event.
Our supporting organisations: CLPD, Ugly Duck and Truffle Social