A high-concept, deeply-ironic take on both the traditional private view format and the capitalist nature of the art market, it’s intended to engage attendees with the idea of public art: each of the window-displayed artists has simultaneously created works for the new Crossrail stations.
Artist Dominic Myatt lit up the dance floor at #COMMUNEPRESENT's post frieze fiesta at the Hoi Polloi, where guests including Charles Jeffrey, Sara Blonstein & Richard Mortimer were entertained by many a model in artistically applied body paint (and not much else.)
A live activations night packed with a discussion on what a new future has the possibility of looking like. Creating a manifesto full of fresh thoughts and solutions.
Sustainable futures rave with CommuneEast
Engage, participate, learn and dance.Understanding what a new future has the possibility of looking like. An emotive, IRL URL incubation programme that builds a progressive and challenging space for forum and debate
CommuneEAST will host the latest of it's In Bed with series, opening up conversations on how to avoid a capitalist, non-functional, dystopian future, and how to engage, take action, and make a difference as we move further into climate crisis extinction rebellion have been working so hard to inform us of.
Fusing themes of public vs. private, IRL vs. URL, commercial vs. creative, the aim of the tours is to incite discussion about what public art means in the context of today. “We got individuals that not only had different opinions on public art, but also of landscapes of the internet and real life, so public and private in that way,” says Elliott.
As part of the radical luxury campaign, CommuneEAST creative studio are exploring the and debating the value of time for LDN Craft week highlight.
During Frieze, Leanne Elliott Young’s #CommunePresents will be taking over Ace Hotel Shoreditch for two nights of performance. On the 4th October, illustrator Dominic Myatt, filmmaker James Cooper and poet James Massiah will be taking over the space, while two days later, the floor will belong to the women: designer Caitlin Price and choreographer Holly Blakey. Expect chaos.
Ideas agency CommuneEAST who have commissioned a series of changing guests including poets, writers, activists, performers, philosophers and art critics – to make customers experience Selfridges’ State of the Arts windows like never before.
Myatt; a #COMMUNEEAST core member whose talents seamlessly drifts from ink to flesh to paper.Taking inspiration from the abject and the places others ignore, he ignites his lines through these moments – lust, filth and hopelessness fill his pen
#COMMUNEPRESENTS brings a moment of diversion from the Frieze calendar. Presented by Commune East, the week-long Frieze takeover event will host five artists in residency at Ace Hotel’s Hoi Polloi in Shoreditch.
In an art world in which the public and the private - the institutional and the commercial - now increasingly cross-dress and comfortably intermingle, this initiative by Selfridges really is a reflection of the current State of the Arts.
What’s your top art fair survival tip?
"Go with your gut, the innate response should always take precedent, avoid the lure of the spectacle, and spend time with the works. The atmosphere is akin to a pressurized cabin: little air, bizarre faux lights, and a sea of hairstyles and air kisses. Your senses are spiked so you need concentration along with a heady momentum. Make an agenda but always go off-piste." -Leanne Elliottt Young