Dan Auluk is an artist-curator living and working in Birmingham, UK.
Auluk's arts practice is interested in the making of art activity (as medium) and the experiences shared through experimental collaborative approaches. The art activity includes experimenting with text, spoken word, sound, video, performance, participation and intervention, manifesting as live art collaborative performances that invite audiences to take part. This live art attempts to blur the boundaries betweeen artist, curator and audience, exploring alternate ways of activating spaces and audiences and destablizing the conventions we are used to, when experiencing art in an exhibition context.
Dan Auluk invited artist Oscar Cass-Darweish to continue to develop a new idea on from Proposal, a project they produced at mac Birmingham as part of the ALLOTMENT Project. Proposal explored the unseen aspects of the common application process for exhibiting artwork.
Starting with a call out for proposals for a potential exhibition, the idea of a proposal becoming an artwork was explored. All proposals submitted were displayed online at www.apublicresponse.co.uk alongside subsequent creative responses by Dan & Oscar, further blurring the boundaries between artist, curator and audience raising questions on authorship and authenticity. Derivatives of the creative responses were chronologically revealed as works in the space for which the original proposals were intended. Augmented by information linking to the artist’s proposal online, the viewer was invited to interpret the possible work by means of the disparity between two outputs as opposed to considering a single resolved piece.
Proposal 2 as an exhibition revisits this process in two phases. Initially offering the original
participating artists a chance to exhibit new works born out of the exchange that took place during Proposal. The second phase is a response to these new works in the same location, by Dan & Oscar as co-curators. The viewer must attend both parts of the show in order to fully experience the work.
“ALLOTMENT at mac Birmingham looked at alternative curatorial methods currently being
practised and researched in Birmingham (2012). Dan Auluk's Proposal project was first explored as part of this programme and it is a credit to both artist and ALLOTMENT that this piece is being further developed and continued outside of mac Birmingham and the project.” Charlie Levine, Associate Producer, ALLOTMENT.