Join us for an innovative programme of free events, installations and special performances and celebrate the creativity of Jean-Michel Basquiat
Too Young for What? provides opportunities to develop young people’s creativity and showcases a range of new work with and by young people from across east London and beyond. The day explores what Basquiat and his practice means to young and emerging artists through a range of art forms including music, performance, street art and poetry.
Highlights include a talks programme SAMO©, but different and ‘Make a Scene’ discussions co-curated by Poet in the City, opportunities to explore zinemaking, glitch art and photography and Basquiat inspired work by Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning’s community of young creatives, including the Barbican Young Poets, Young Programmers and Young Visual Arts Group.
From 12th – 28th January a series of animated portraits, developed in response to the Boom for Real Basquiat exhibition, will be on display at Barbican.
Barbican young creatives, along with artist and curator Antonio Roberts, present a collection of work in response to Basquiat: Boom for Real
Artist and curator Antonio Roberts worked with a group of Barbican young creatives over three months to create artwork in response to the exhibition Basquiat: Boom for Real currently showing in the Barbican Art Gallery.
Over the course of four sessions the group examined artist Jean-Michel Basquiat’s explosive creativity and imagined the techniques and methods he might use if he was still creating art today.
The resulting animations combine more traditional methods of creation such as photography and collage, with more experimental practices such as glitch art, digital collages, animated gifs and projections. Each animated selfportrait reflects the identity of the artist who created it.
Max Baraitser Smith
The animations will be projected near the exit of the curve exhibition space where people are often studying. It’s hard to miss as it has my big face on it.
Many thanks to the Barbican Creative Learning team for inviting me to do this 🙂