The Azure Watch: Office for Public Memory reimagines The Mill as an Orwellian public record office that stores memories of the Azure Window: a space in which images, artworks and souvenirs of the site have been transformed into mass consumable public iconography. This memory store displays its collection of commodities as museum artefacts, souvenirs, memorials and as distorted memories; their context inviting visitors to reconsider the iconographic artifice of the Azure Window as it once stood and as it stands now.
A public call is simultaneously being made which invites artists to submit proposals to create new artworks based on the Azure Watch: Office for Public Memory exhibition. Key concepts to reflect upon and interpret in light of the Azure Window’s collapse in 2017 include built heritage, monumental heritage, nostalgia, collective memory, and the destruction of our local environment through natural forces, or otherwise. Proposals may take the form of public installations or interventions, sculptures, performances, virtual and augmented reality, physical art, digital art, or impossible art. Spazju Kreattiv will select from these proposals and develop a number of them in their programme later this year. Deadline: 8th April.
Artists: Giuseppe Fanizza, Mary Attard, Johannes Buch, Letta Shtohryn
Project Facilitator: Andrew Pace
Venue: The Mill, Triq Bwieraq, Birkirkara
Dates: Thursday 22nd March – Wednesday 11th April
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays (17:00-19:00)
Saturdays and Sunday (10:00-12:00 and 16:00-19:00)
(Closed on 30th March, Good Friday)
In collaboration with the Gabriel Caruana Foundation and Spazju Kreattiv, and supported by the Roberto Cimetta Fund. The Azure Watch team can be reached via the Azure Watch Facebook page.
Call for Concepts
Patriots, engagez-vous! Azure Watch: Office for Public Memory is making a call to all artists to reimagine the national icon that is the Azure Window. Your plans and proposals to interpret concepts of built heritage, monumental heritage, nostalgia, collective memory and the reconstruction, deconstruction, destruction and decomposition of our local environment can help save our image of the Azure Window for the future. Submit them now! Proposals may include, exclude, or transclude – and are not limited to, or by – public installations and interventions, sculptures, performances, virtual and augmented reality, physical art, digital art, or even impossible art. Spazju Kreattiv will select from these proposals and develop them with you in their programme later in the year.
Submission deadline: 8th April 2018