The Dream Technology The exhibition at Flux Media Gallery is the result of a collaborative community collage project that involved 13 people who celebrated and explored ideas relating to black history and the future. The exhibit grew out of a community project for Black History Month, says assistant curator Josh Ngenda.
“We were really trying to think of things for the black community here in Victoria to do and give people the chance to express different ideas in an artistic context,” he says. “That’s where it all started.”
The idea that holds everything together in the exhibition are the collages, which were based on the same source material for each contributor and made in a workshop setting.
“The workshop itself was more about collage techniques, like different things you can express and ways you can engage with images and ideas,” says Ngenda. “So everyone took it in different directions in terms of what they were thinking and trying to express with the collages.”
The exhibition also presents audio recordings of interviews with the artists involved.
“One really cool thing about it, especially when you go to the exhibit and listen to the interviews, it’s like hearing all the different ways that people’s ideas overlap, and people were working quite independently on this project. “, explains Ngenda. “But there are a lot of common themes that tie it all together.”
This is Flux’s first project like this, but Ngenda says they hope to do more.
“Certainly, I think we hope to do more projects that engage the community in the future,” he says. “Flux organizes many art workshops for people trying to learn different skills.”
Ngenda says the name of the exhibition evokes the importance of dreaming and thinking about what lies ahead.
“This title really came from the idea of thinking about the potential and the power of thinking and dreaming about the future, and creating a vision of what things could be or what you would like to see in the world, and how important it is, just to be able to have that in your life and give you a foundation and direction,” he says.
Ngenda says an interesting aspect of this is that most of the people who attended the workshop wouldn’t call themselves artists until they got involved.
“One of the really cool things is just the potential for anyone to make art and express ideas in an interesting way,” he says.
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