FERREIRA PROJECTS_01 is proud to announce Float Like a Butterfly by resident artist, Peter Forde. Over a 4-week period Forde has created a film, a performance and a variety of participatory interactive works, which will be unveiled at the conclusion of his residency. Forde's new body of work focuses on the viewer's process of engagement in the artwork in an attempt to stimulate a genuine reaction to it.
In the modern world we may be more in touch with our innate needs than we perceive. Our need to hunt and fight still lingers and must be released in staged environments to avoid hurting those we do not intend to hurt. Competitive sports create this staged environment and through the experience of staged fighting in boxing we create a hyper-real release for these needs. In reality we fight to build status, demonstrate our sexual potency and defend territories but in the staged environment we fight to play or emulate these victories.
By juxtaposing the world of boxing with that of the performing arts, Forde creates a relationship of movement, tempo and expression that creates a similar release to fighting. When released in a controlled environment of dance and music this aggressive expression can have a similar beneficial release for the participant.
By allowing the viewer to vent their anger onto a punch-bag, dance, play music, view a live boxing performance and release their instincts within a cultural setting they will feel the genuine experience of this transcendence from anger to euphoria. By connecting the viewer's physical and mental experiences Forde creates a fully immersive and interactive environment that flirts with the real and hyper-real experience.
Forde graduated with a MA in Digital Art from Camberwell College of Art in 2006 and previously studied at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Dublin.
FERREIRA PROJECTS_01 was developed as part of FERREIRA PROJECTS' ongoing goal to improve accessibility and participation by involving the viewer in the whole artistic process. It allows the viewer the rare opportunity of seeing an artist conceive, research and develop their work before viewing the final outcomes at exhibition. The viewer is also encouraged to engage in conversation with the artist about their work through a number of different channels. The public programme, which may include artists' talks, workshops and gallery visits, are developed in conjunction with each individual artist during the residency period.
The residency creates an active and stimulating space within the gallery for the exchange of ideas, with the aim of providing a more approachable and inclusive environment to work in and to visit.