We are pleased to announce that Gemma Nelson will be showing work for the first time in the Netherlands with VEGAS at the Trajector Art Fair in Brussels. Trajector Art Fair is an initiative by Hotel Bloom! and Centrifugal Projects that will take place from 23 April until 25 April 2010, coinciding with Art Brussels. Trajector Art Fair is an initiative that follows on from Projector Art Fair, presented by MAMA, that took place, to great critical and public approval in Rotterdam in 2008.Centrifugal’s Ken Pratt, one of the key developers of the original concept, has worked with Hotel Bloom! to realise a new manifestation.
Building on the success of the Projector Art Fair , Trajector takes the core concept on the road for 2010. It will take place in Brussels, in April 2010 coinciding and collaborating with Art Brussels.
In Brussels –as in Rotterdam- the focus is not on the commercial gallery sector, but on the project spaces, artists’ initiatives and independent curatorial projects that provide important platforms and experimentation grounds for emerging contemporary artists in the international arena. In part a celebration and playful game with the role of non-profit organisations, project spaces and independent curators within the art commerce systems, Trajector takes the original concept and re-realises it as a hotel art fair in Brussels’ most recent boutique hotel. Tongue-in-cheek, critique or hardcore commercial? That’s largely up to the participants to determine.
The range of international exhibitors – coming from Belgium, Ireland, Switzerland, France, Finland and the UK, amongst other locations- range from the very young to those already established on the international art circuit. Each will present a curatorial project within a hotel room, at once referencing the tradition of the ‘hotel art fair’ (For example, the Gramercy International Art Fair in New York which grew into The Armory Show).
In addition to these core presentations, Trajector Art Fair will deliver two thematic programmes of interest to not only an art-specialist audience but also a broad public.
The first and most substantial of these is ‘Taut – That Certain Tension Between Fashion & Art’. Consisting of an exhibition element and events such as panel discussions, lectures and presentations, Taut engages directly with some of the key issues of creativity at the intersections of art and fashion.
The Keith Moon Suites
Jimi Hendrix overdosing in The Samarkand Hotel in Notting Hill. Axl Rose, according to gossiping groupies, once left handcuffed in a bed by a woman who simply walked out of the suite in possession of the key. Michael Jackson dangling the kid from a hotel balcony. And Mr Keith Moon himself endlessly throwing those televisions from the windows…
This year’s second thematic strand, ‘The Keith Moon Suites’ responds directly to the context of the fair within a hotel. ‘The Keith Moon Suites’ involves a number of site-specific works, screenings, installations and performances by invited artists whose own practice crosses into the world of pop or underground music (or vice versa) and have been asked specifically to reflect on the clichés that surround hotels and rock music. Whether they will come up with something serenely cerebral or whether we will all end up running out into the street under a cloud of police tear gas remains to be seen.
Please check the website for full details that will be updated on a regular basis