Photo: Karen Scheffers
For the past two years, Consenses’ Founder Sally Taylor, has engaged artists from around the world, of every medium and genre, and brought them together by asking them to interpret one another’s artwork in the vein of a game of “Telephone” and express it in their own medium.
For example: 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. In this process, each artist is given seven days to extract the essence of the artwork they are provided and use this work as the catalyst for their own creation, ultimately expressing their raw reactions in the language of their own medium. None of the artists are privy to the identities of the other participants.
This process has formed what Sally has termed Interpretative Chains: a collective, holistic statement; an intriguing procession from one piece to the next; the revealing of a unique glimpse into the artistic process and the complexity of perception.
Samadhi was also requested by Sally to contribute to these chains by interpreting a number of special music tracks in the singer-songwriter genre and this was processed through film and integrated into the exposition of this unique and international project. Especially the combination of all these various disciplines really appealed to our team and therefore it was very inspiring to be able to be part of such an initiative !
The results feature Samadhi dancers Liam O’Callaghan, Vraja Sundari Keilman , Jeffrey Stuut and Annlydie Groenen at the studios of the Balletschool Marut Jorquera in Baarn.
The exhibition allows visitors to go on an artistic journey through the senses using each piece of art as a lens through which to perceive the next in the chain. Visitors are also encouraged to interpret the art and express their perceptions using creative centers within the exhibition space (and for those who want to experience from afar, they can interpret online.
There are 22 Chains. There are 13 additional Chains that are viewable on tablets as video compilations throughout the exhibition. There are more than 140 artists. They come from 23 countries, and they represent a variety of disciplines.
Sally Taylor, artist and musician, formed her own record label in 1998, ambitiously producing and recording three albums as well as touring 180 days a year. When she retired from the road, Taylor moved to Boston and began teaching music at The Berklee School of Music. She is currently working exclusively on Consenses.
Consenses debuted summer 2014 on Martha’s Vineyard. As part of the 3-day event, there also were workshops in multiple disciplines (perfume, creativity, dance, and drama), and nightly performances by Consenses artists.