We know what we like and we like what we know is a project organised and curated by artists Trish and Dan Scott, involving contemporary artists making bespoke artworks for residents’ homes in Swale.
In December, three households across the borough selected an artist to work with, via an open call to which 80 artists applied. Those chosen were Alistair Levy, Alicja Rogalska and Rosalie Schweiker.
Having selected their artists, the householders commissioned them to make a work especially for their home. Production (which took place from January to March this year) was underpinned by discussion and negotiation with the aim of generating a new understanding about art between artists and households.
The process is being documented via a radio show and publication and more information can be found at the dedicated website: http://trishscott.org/arthome/.
Trish Scott said “Viewing contemporary artwork in a gallery can be an alienating experience, and it’s easy for artists to make false assumptions about who they’re making work for and what audiences think, and vice versa. By putting artists and potential audiences in direct contact, and in the context of the home, we wanted to empower audiences to engage with contemporary art in new ways, and enable artists to better understand their audiences.”
Dan Scott added: “We know what we like and we like what we know is about generating a deeper understanding of what it means to engage with art (or not). The project gets underneath all the rhetoric and statistics to do with public art and explores questions of art and audience in a discursive and intimate way.”
Our Small Experiments Ambassador, Nicole Mollett, previewed the experiment in a fascinating article about contemporary art on the a-n art website.