Video project Art Dates is premiering on AQNB today, kicking off the series with some time spent in London’s exhibition space and hair salon DKUK.
Filming casual hangouts with art world individuals, led by critics The White Pube (Gabrielle de la Puente and Zarina Muhammed) and directed by Human Pony (HP Parmley), the new collaborative project will unfold over the year with a series of conversational portraits. Expanding the standard interview format through informal chat and soft filmic observations, the UK-based project will look to create a fly-on-the-wall experience for viewers and present a more fuller picture of what it means to be an artist than is usually portrayed through press or artist talks.
Art Dates will ask artists how they got to where they are, where they want to go next, and how and why they do it. So much of the talk will be about the life around the art rather than solely the work itself; a natural progression into the realities of being a creative practitioner in the current climate, a problem all three collaborators are up against and want to learn to conquer.
The first episode of Art Dates sees The White Pube in the chair at DKUK, a gallery and salon run by artist and hairdresser Daniel Kelly, where “paying clients get their hair cut in front of art.” Daniel explains the intentions of the project, talks about the gallery’s audience, and outlines the value he has found in not having to rely completely on the arts to make rent.**
[ Appointments at DKUK can be booked at https://dkuk.biz/ the first haircut is pay what you can ]