“Without the viewer the art isn’t really there.”
DEM Projects is the para-curatorial project initiated in 2014 by Suzanne De Emmony and Gavin Maughfling. DEM’s aim is to present curatorial exhibitions that are underpinned by a strong curatorial integrity and critique, and are structured on the basis of an open dialogue between the works shown, between the artists taking part, and between the artists and the visiting public. All DEM’s projects aim to be exciting and challenging conversations in which the works, artists and audience are active players.
DEM’s first exhibition was ‘Ghost on the Wire’, a major show of twenty-two artists from The United Kingdom and Singapore who were asked to respond to the theme of mediated communication. Held at the former Bermondsey Project Space in June 2014 and supported with a generous grant from the National Arts Council (Singapore), ‘Ghost’ encompassed film, painting, installation, photography, sound, animation and live dance performance. During the show DEM also hosted ‘Broken Telephone’, an evening of Spoken Word performances by Singaporean and British writers, devised by Tania De Rozario and given in front of a large audience in the gallery space.
‘Mysterious Objects at Noon’ is DEM Project’s second exhibition, and opened on March 10 2015 during the British Council’s Great British Week, attracting large audiences.. The project blog is a central and ongoing component, providing documentation of the participating artists’ experience of the collaborative process. De Emmony and Maughfling will be bringing ‘Mysterious Objects’ to London later in 2015, and are currently developing a London vitrine project and are working in collaboration with other artists towards Ghost on the Wire (2), to be shown at Objectifs, Singapore in August 2016
Opening Night, ‘Ghost on the Wire’, London 2014
Choreography: Daniel Kok, danced by Sarah Cavenaille
Photograph: Camilla Greenwell
Opening Night, ‘Mysterious Objects at Noon’, Singapore 2015
Skype Performance by Lynn Lu (Singapore) and Birgitta Hosea (London)
Photograph: Alexandra Serrenti