disCONNECT – online & offline exposition

Special circumstances require special solutions: In a London townhouse all artworks are all about the pandemic. The show demonstrates how a gallery managed to jump over all kind of pandemic obstacles and still managed to make it happen.

Isaac CordalSocial Distancing Since 2003, 2020

disCONNECT is available in Real Life and in Virtual Reality.

Schoeni Projects, London presents disCONNECT, an exhibition transforming a South London townhouse – currently under renovation – with new site-specific works from ten urban artists working across seven countries. The exhibition runs in-person from 24 July – 24 August and in VR online from 3 August, 2020. It is presented in close collaboration with HKwalls – a Hong-Kong based non-profit arts organisation that aims to create opportunities for local and international artists to showcase their talent through the mediums of street art and street culture.

Herakut, installation view of disCONNECT, Schoeni Projects London (2024), Nick Smith Photos

Nicole Schoeni, founder and initiator: “Schoeni Projects is the exciting next chapter in my family’s commitment to facilitating cross-cultural collaborations between Asia and Europe. I had always wanted to mark this with an unconventional show – namely a street-art takeover before we are set to renovate Schoeni Projects’ future home. Now, confronted with the pandemic, the adaptable and topical practice of this artistic medium has become integral to the project’s fruition. My hope is that, whilst reflecting my father’s philosophy and unique joie-de-vivre, through Schoeni Projects London and Hong Kong we will also provide distinctly new and dynamic spaces, which offer a truly contemporary hub for artists and art lovers to meet, engage and collaborate.”

The public can submit artworks too.

Opening during the COVID-19 pandemic, the exhibition is adapted to not only adhere to lockdown restrictions, but also to reflect on the creative and physical constraints of the current global crisis, exploring psychological and political reactions, as well as the role of technology as conduit between the two. Accessible to online audiences through Matterport software, each work is further activated through an accompanying programme of digital initiatives, including downloadable art works, online
videos, virtual tours, and an Instagram Live interview series. The exhibition also encourages the public to submit their own art works for potential inclusion.

Zoer, installation view of disCONNECT, at Schoeni Projects London (2020), courtesy the artist and Schoeni Projects

Icy and Sot, install view of disCONNECT, Schoeni Projects London (2020), Nick Smith Photos

Isaac Cordal, installation view of disCONNECT, Schoeni Projects London (2020), ©Ian Cox

Disclaimer & Links:

All pictures Courtesy of the artists and contributors.

The collection can be accessed here

Access the expo in Virtual Reality here

Watch a video about the exposition here

Want to be an artist yourself? Free Colouring book by Mr Cenz for download here

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