ART INSTALLATION KIT
Are you looking for ideas for creative activities you can do with your students / work colleagues or friends? Not quite sure how to rebuild confidence in your group after the pandemic?
The Do-it-Yourself Art Installation Kit (AIK) is an original concept co-designed by New Zealand artist/cultural entrepreneur Sam Melser (MA.) and German Organisational Psychologist Nilima Chowdhury (PhD, University St. Gallen).
AIK is an artwork and activity that builds connectedness, intuition, confidence, and well-being and does this by introducing fun, irony, and storytelling into diverse work and living environments.
We are based in Germany and ship throughout the world.
The concept is simple: bring elements from the notorious “artist’s way” into diverse living and working spaces (office/school/home) ; to create a mobile wall image or design - an arrangement of diverse visual elements - that helps you shape and reshape who you are as a team and what you're all about. Although the AIK has been principally designed as a collaborative experience, there is nothing stopping you - on a rainy afternoon or on a break from a brainstorm - doing the installation alone. It's a different experience but equally satisfying!
The installation of the material can take place on any free wall space (or window, door, or whiteboard for example) in your work or home and can be combined and reinstalled any number of times in any number of places. Once the activity has been completed, the installation can either remain in situ, on the wall in the office, be reassembled in another location at a later date, or be added to and built upon by another group. The nature of the installation is to be mobile - it can be very easily installed, de-installed and re-installed virtually anywhere.
The installation material comes with guidelines and suggestions but importantly, the outcome or objective of the installation is to be open to interpretation. Meaning is something that will be co-constructed and participants are encouraged to switch mind-sets and engage in an activity without any contrived and strategized outcomes or objectives - to enter into what creativity scholar Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls the “Flow” experience.
Facilitating communication, building trust and respect, experimentation, playfulness, autonomy, confidence, flexibility, improvisation, solidarity and enhancing well-being are indeed possible results yet the “success” of the overall project will depend on a number of factors the artist cannot, and does not wish to, control. In this sense the artwork / activity exists as a mind game, a thought experiment facilitating flexibility and, of course, thinking (and acting) outside the box.
PREHISTORY OF THE DIY ART INSTALLATION KIT
The back story for the kit has it's roots in Te Tumu Herenga, the University of Auckland libraries and learning services. Sabine Doolin, Myself (Sam Melser) and Shari Lett tested a collective art installation methodology with staff from the library. All the research and learning from this experience in 2019 (and it's success) has inspired and influenced the DIY Art Installation Kit.
MEET THE TEAM
Sabine Doolin is an internationally experienced audience strategist, bringing skills and expertise in leading strategic audience thinking whilst embedding it in an organisation and translating it into cultural change.
Sabine is someone who blends skills in commercial consumer understanding and organisational development. Her experience with Procter and Gamble, a world leading consumer corporation, along with an MA in Art History and a period working at the prestigious Tate Gallery in London, enables her to bring an audience focus to the heart of cultural organisations.
Artist and Cultural Entreprenneur
Working at the University of Auckland in New Zealand between 2015 - 2020 has allowed me to appreciate just how valuable art is for the Wellbeing of staff. Having joint responsibility for the University of Auckland Art Collection which comprises over 1400 original pieces of NZ art, I came to understand just how a piece of art can change the ambience and general atmosphere of an office space.
With a Masters’ Degree in fine art from Bordeaux University, France, art is not just an anecdotal team building theme for me but a practical and distinctive method used to understand creativity. While working on my PhD from the EHESS Social Science School in Paris, the concepts and processes I learnt over the 2 years I spent there have been extremely valuable to my understanding of Art in Society.
With over 20 years experience as a practicing artist and having exhibited in New Zealand, France and Germany, I am passionate about sharing the different methods and techniques I have developed during this time for using painting as a tool for social cohesion.
RAHERE TE WAHAROA
Cultural Art Facilitator
Rahere is of Maori Tainui decent, he is passionate about unlocking the mystique that comes with a true understanding of Tikanga Māori (traditional Maori cultural practice) and how this traditional knowledge can be of benefit to contemporary spaces
Rahere is an experienced tutor who has facilitated a wide range of tikanga Māori wananga for Institutions, special groups, marae, hapu and iwi. Rahere has an extensive background in Whakairo Māori (carving) and Taamoko (tattoo) that spans 35 years.
This level of maturity within te Ao Māori, in both practical and theoretical domains makes Rahere a precious addition to the team. He is kaitiaki (guardian) of all things Maori in the kit and ensures the elements contribute to building safe spaces that enhance development.
Rahere holds a bachelor of Mātauranga Māori and is studying toward the completion of a Master of Indigenous Studies.
Nilima is an organisational psychologist employed by the University of St.Gallen. She is also a practising musician and feels strongly about creating psychological spaces that open possibilities to be, feel and think differently. She is co-designer of the DIY Art Installation Kit.
TOI O TAMAKI, AUCKLAND ART GALLERY TOUR DURING ONE OF OUR WORKSHOPS
WORKSHOP FOR TE TUMU HERENGA, UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND, 2019.
What They’re Saying
Great facilitators. Time well spent.
Challenging me to think differently, look at the world differently.
A great break from the 9 -5, but with a chance to reflect on how you do things within the 9-5 (collaboration, reflecting, processing interpretation, communication)”.
Great to stretch the creative muscle and work collaboratively. Had an awesome time learning new things regarding Art development.
THE DIY ART INSTALLATION KIT
To receive an information package including a more detailed summary of contents or to order your kit today please place your order through artist and facilitator Sam Melser