Philip Wiegard, Melissa, 2015
Philip Wiegard (with Kasi Althaus, Elena Peters Arnolds, Beehave, Baltazar Castor, Joe Caviani, Gabriel Cazzato, Gaia Coletti, Cordialiyours, Cyprus Polymer Clay Association, Kathy Hepburn, ikandiclay, Kids' Factory, Jutta Klingel, Laura L. LePere, Aude Levère, Layl McDill, Gaia Micalizzi, Gaia Sofia Natali, Mara Palata, Andrea Victoria Paradiso, Denise Pinnell, Mina Pirschel, Melissa Redner, Christin Rothe, Kim Snowden, Suzie Sullivan, Amy Sutryn, Rosana VanHorn)
Installation View, Philip Wiegard, "Dreams That Money Can Buy", 2023 Schloss Gandegg, Eppan/Appiano (Photo: Tiberio Sorvillo)
The exhibition Dreams That Money Can Buy is the first major show of Berlin-based artist Philip Wiegard in Italy. Works spanning from the last 15 years will provide deep insight into his practice of collaborative work, and the blurred boundaries between labor and artistic practice.
On this occasion, many new works will be shown for the first time and partly produced in South Tyrol. During the Kids' Factory workshop at Schloss Gandegg a series of hand-painted wallpapers will be produced by children between the ages 8-14. The wallpaper is part of the exhibition and spans over the second floor of the castle. The children, holding the role of the artist assistants, therefore contribute significantly to the success of the exhibition. Wiegard's artistic practice pervades questions about authorship, production processes, and working conditions by paying an hourly wage to the participating kids.
The video installation Dreams That Money Can Buy will premiere in Wiegard's exhibition. It features a cast of professional child actors, who interpret Loïe Fuller's serpentine dance, while the soundtrack is played by the artist himself on the piano. The performance is an artistic examination of his own childhood dreams of success and career and deals with ideas such as virtuosity, expression, and talent.
A new series of polymer clay mosaics will be on display. Following principles of collective working, he incorporates pieces from other artists of the polymer clay community which he receives in exchange. Wiegard is an active part of this community which is based on social media channels such as youtube and tiktok. Through tutorials he teaches and has been taught in various techniques of polymer art.
Kid's Factory by Philip Wiegard, Castle Gandegg, Summer 2023
The Kids' Factory project by artist Philip Wiegard will take place in July in Gandegg's castle park. Children aged 8 to 14 will learn a historical paper finishing technique called paste paper under the artist's guidance. The resulting wallpaper will be part of the exhibition Dreams That Money Can Buy, which opens at Gandegg Castle in autumn.
During the three-week workshop, the participating children will learn a historical paper finishing technique called paste paper. However, the activity in the workshop goes beyond mere learning; instead, the children will participate in a full-fledged production process. They will be taught what it means to engage in a craft and achieve a certain mastery in it. For the artist, the children are assistants during the workshop. Therefore, they contribute significantly to the success of the exhibition. In addition, the children receive an hourly wage and thus get a playful insight into the working world.
Kid's Factory by Philip Wiegard, Video by Matthias Lintner, Castle Gandegg, Summer 2023
The Kids' Factory project runs for three weeks. Children who would like to participate must attend at least five, or more days. Please let us know the desired period when you register.
3.-21.7.2023, Mon-Fri 8.00-16.00
Age 8-12 years max. 10 children per day
Children recieve an hourly wage, lunch included,
gefördert von / sostenuto da
Amt für Kultur, Autonome Provinz Bozen - Südtirol
Familienagentur, Autonome Provinz Bozen