Cascostan Bishkek 2008
WHERE: 25 September - 7 October 2008
WHEN: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
WHAT: Satellite-project of 'Boom-Boom', the 4th Bishkek Contemporary Art Exhibition
WHY: Intervention in public Space
WHO: Fiona de Bell, Gitte Nygaard, Jan Korbes, Bert Kramer, Roel Schoenmakers
WITH: ArtEast, Nikolaj Cherkasov and others
Artscollaboratory partner ArtEast invited Cascoland to participate in 'Boom-Boom', the 4th Bishkek Contemporary Art Exhibition in Kyrgyzstan from 25 September - 7 October 2008 to present the work of Cascoland and to execute a satellite project. This invitation to Boom-Boom served as a first orientation towards the implementation of a larger Cascoland project in Kyrgyzstan the next year. The Cascoland delegation to Boom-Boom consisted of artists Fiona de Bell, Bart Majoor, Bert Kramer, Jan Korbes, Gitte Nygaard and Roel Schoenmakers.
The visit to Boom-Boom was an opportunity to research the location and context, establish contacts with local parties and scout for locations for Cascoland Kyrgyzstan 2009. Main objective of the participation in Boom-Boom and Cascoland Kyrgyzstan 2009 would be to adress issues around public space, architecture, artistic infrastructure and identity in the Central Asian republics.
As part of the satellite-project as executed by Cascoland at Boom-Boom an inflatable entrance gate became an interactive part of the opening of the exhibition. On 3 October a 4-hour Cascoland intervention turned a public road into a tea garden.
In choosing a striking location and placing objects or actions that don't belong there, the environment will respond. We play with reality, rules and the specific functions a space has. Change those functions and visualize the rules that apply to everyone by making things suddenly work in a different way. It enables us to look again and wonder why the environment is organized in a certain way and not different.