Producing

DRAF is a production site. It is a flexible structure of production and presentation capable of responding to the specific needs of contemporary art, able to activate discussions and to create its own context.

01 A Permanent Museum

Empty, the space still acts as a museum; works from the collection and new commissions are displayed on a long-term basis in the building. Artists who participated include Martin Boyce, Luis Camnitzer, Jason Dodge, Dora Garcia, Marie Lund, Benoît Maire, Victor Man, Kris Martin, Prabhakar Pachpute, Manuela Ribadeneira, Pietro Roccasalva, Adam Thompson, and Lawrence Weiner.

02 Exhibitions. A Factory of Prototypes.

We produce solo and group exhibitions. For the group exhibitions, we concentrate on exhibitions, often performative, which investigate the structures of presentation and dissemination of art, its narrative potential and links with history. All the solo presentations at DRAF are made and curated especially for the space. We invite artists to produce solo exhibitions that resonate, initiate dialogue, or sometimes argue with our space, history and philosophy. They range from ambitious environmental installations to long-term research in the artist’s archives. Invited artists included Jason Dodge, Nina Beier and Marie Lund, Damien Roach, Oscar Tuazon, Keren Cytter, Miriam Cahn, Lydia Gifford, Benoit Maire, Nina Beier. The short-term interventions in the space are usually small or medium-size displays which address a particular formal, historical or conceptual issue. Exhibitions include works from our collection as well as new productions that do not necessarily enter the collection. Importantly, we aim at an intimate and direct experience with the art work.

03 Live. A Museum for Movements and Thoughts

Our programme is densely articulated around live events in which discussions, performances and happenings play an important role to activate what we call a “dancing museum”: not as secondary material to temporary displays, but as an essential part and the direct outcome of our research to move from a museum of objects to a museum of ideas and movements. Danai Anesiadou, Nina Beier, Juliette Blightman, Michael Dean, Tim Etchells, Dora Garcia, Philip Glass, Kim Gordon and Rodney Graham, Karl Holmkvist, Eloise Howser, Pierre Huyghe, Jiri Kovanda, Chosil Kil, Sarah Lucas, Bruce McLean, David Medalla, Eddie Peake, planningtorock, Laure Prouvost, Steve Reich, Alexandre Singh, Cally Spooner are some of the artists who performed in our space.

04 The Curators' Series. The curator as an author.

The Curators’ Series supports international curators by commissioning special research-based projects. The series considers a curator as an author. This programme is not open to proposals: we specifically invite curators whose work we have been following and think should be presented in London. Curators must remain independent to propose the best projects. They are free to decide whether to use works from our collection.  Former curators include Cylena Simonds (UK), Raimundas Malasauskas (Lithuania), Mihnea Mircan (Romania), Mathieu Copeland (UK), Simone Menegoi and Chris Sharp (Italy and US), and Pablo Leon de la Barra (Mexico). The seventh project in 2014 is by Vivian Ziherl (Australia) and Natasha Ginwala (India).

05 Commissions. Co-producing forms and contexts.

The artworks commissioned do not automatically join the collection, although we also happen to commission works directly for our collection. The commissions cover most of our activities: we commission artists, curators, speakers, writers and designers for special projects and events.