Head down to the OXO Bargehouse this weekend
By Elizabeth Brockman
For many, the idea of visiting any of London’s incredible galleries is similar in concept to watching paint dry. To anyone who has begrudgingly dragged their heels around sighing at the thought of yet another Caravaggio, #TRIBE17 is hitting the Southbank this weekend to change your mind about art.
Starting from Thursday 12th of October and running until Sunday 15th October, a decadent display of emerging talent and undiscovered artists will be calling the OXO Bargehouse home. Anything else? Oh yes, this immersive multicultural festival is entirely FREE. This is a family friendly ‘living exhibition’ encouraging cross-disciplinary creative collaboration and offering free access to ALL activities and experiences. If you see something you like, 150 of the visual artists will be participating in the art sale section of the festival, giving you the opportunity to take some of this experience home.
This year, ‘Love’ and its manifestations is the overall theme of the festival. A very modern example of how the expression of love has been simplified, is the use of XOXO – hugs and kisses – as a written gesture of sincerity, love and good friendship. XOXO@OXO is a showcase of all these varied conceptions and interpretations of love, including everything from the need to have them, their effectiveness against hate and division, right up to their ability to originate more love.
If traditional canvases aren’t your cup of tea, art meets technology in Kimatica Studio’s ‘Relax and Release’, which will be an interactive installation that uses coded visual and motion sensing technology to track the body’s movement and project a digital reflection of the spectator’s body. Also on this technological spectrum will be Aszyk, who is premiering his extraordinary ‘Floral Intensities’ show- a vibrant worlds and geometric forms that come together with heavy beat driven sounds to create a uniquely blended experience.
On Saturday Oct 14 ‘Love in the City’ Concert will be taking place as an open-air performance by the Orchestra of the City with synaesthetic projections by 2015 Lumen prize finalist David Moraton. The immersive nature of this performance is designed for most people to stand and move freely around the orchestra members. Join us for this undoubtedly one-of-a-kind experience. Donation tickets are available through Chrom-Art’s website.
Last but not least, for the younger members of the audience there will be a wide array of artist led free walk-in children workshops that explore multiple creative fields from sketching to digital art, running on Saturday and Sunday morning and afternoon. We do recommend booking early through Chrom-Art’s website as spaces are limited.
Thurs 12th October 10-6pm
Friday 13th October 10am-7pm
Saturday 14th October 10am-6pm (6.30pm-8.30pm ‘Love in the City’ concert)
Sunday 15th October 10am-6pm
Where: Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, South Bank, London SE1 9PH
Cost: this weekend:
Abit about Elizabeth
Elizabeth Brockman is a UCL Arts and Sciences undergraduate, exploring the world of neuroscience, art and technology.