New "Total Art' program starts Saturday at Indi Go

New "Total Art' program starts Saturday at Indi Go

A new program starting this month at the Indi Go Artist’s Co-op aims to break down the divisions among different arts forms.

Total Art will feature artists working in a variety of disciplines who will come together to talk about their work. The first Total Art will be at 8 p.m. Saturday (March 9) at  Indi Go, 9 E. University Ave., C.

A short video will be shown, followed by a loop of images created by the artists. A DJ will play music at the same time. The artists will bring some of their work to sell. They are:

— Jack Boyle, painting, illustration.
— Veronica Pham, cartoons.
— Polly Bland, fashion, costume design.
— Bryan Warsaw, photography.
— Khaldoun Atassi, DJ, music.

Denisa Tomkova, who is leading the program, said Total Art aims to present different kinds of arts and to create a space where different arts overlap and provide different experiences.

In starting Total Art, she was inspired by the German word gesamtkunstwerk, a philosophical term defined in the 19th century that means total work of art, an ideal work of art or synthesis of the arts.

“It is simply the idea that all different kinds of art work together in creating one total art work as in a Baroque church — we see architecture, sculptures, paintings, music, even projection of the light, work with space and design, and the theatrical arrangement for the visitors,” she said.

“I simply wanted to show with Total Art events that it is beautiful when different kinds of art communicate together, cooperate and overlap, because it is all ART,” Denisa said via email. “And there should not be so much divisions and borders between fine art, architecture, design and music, because it is better when they work together.”

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