Location: West Tisbury, MA, United States
Completion date: 2013
Artwork budget: $149,998
Martha's Vineyard Trusties of the Reservation
in 2012 Consenses’ Founder Sally Taylor, selected 22 photographs and engaged artists from around the world, of every medium and genre, and brought them together by asking them to interpret one another’s artwork in the vein of a game of “Telephone” and express it in their own medium.
For example, a musician interprets a photograph, a dancer interprets their song, a painter interprets the dance, a perfumer interprets the painting, a poet interprets the perfume and so on until all five senses are represented. In this process, each artist is given seven days to extract the essence of the artwork they are provided and use this work as the catalyst for their own creation, ultimately expressing their raw reactions in the language of their own medium. None of the artists are privy to the identities of the other participants.
This process has formed what Sally has termed Interpretative Chains: a collective, holistic statement; an intriguing procession from one piece to the next; the revealing of a unique glimpse into the artistic process and the complexity of perception.
Consenses is a vehicle for connection, understanding, and peace using art as a lens and a language through which to see ourselves, each other and our world more clearly, compassionately, and expansively.
Sally engaged over 150 artists for this project from all over the world drawing from all creative mediums. Each artist was given one piece of art and asked to extract the essence of the work and use it as the catalyst for their own creation, ultimately expressing their raw reactions in the language of their own medium. None of the artists were privy to the identities of the other participants.
The exhibition was a celebration of art hosting concerts, dance performances and poetry recitals. It offered 23 unique workshops in 8 different mediums from fragrance to painting to songwriting and more. The exhibition toured for 3 years.