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SPA FOR DOGS

Friday 27 May to Sunday 29 May 2016

OLA ARENT
FAY BARO
OLIVIA BROOK-ALFA
CORAL BROOKES
NICOLA GUNNARSSON
AMANDA KYRITSOPOULOU

We are six art students, working across painting, sculpture, photography, video & performance. The idea for Spa for Dogs came up from a shared curiosity to bring our works together within a framework that could somehow break from the academic, the self-generated and the overly theorised. Through this first 'get-together' as artists, we want to treasure the spontaneity, silliness and escapism that always comes up in our random conversations on our coffee breaks, walks and slow studio-practice days. Spa for dogs is therefore both the idea of a work, but also the idea of a practice. 

Through this project we want to test our collective capacity to orchestrate a situation, an immersive environment, an event that could both recontextualise our individual work and most importantly celebrate the much needed and often neglected component of making : fun.

Spa for dogs will be based upon combining our current personal work through additions, arrangements and alterations based on the given space. So in this sense it is a site-specific project. We are also working on ideas of live action components for the opening or closing nights, such as a themed dj set and in-situ generated video works based on interviews and sound recordings. 'Spa' and 'dog' function as both names and metaphors since The central elements of the project evolve around ideas of play, luxury, agility and training environments rendered through the beloved figure of the dog.