Crying For a Dream – Video Installation – 28th June 2014 – Sun Pier House – Chatham

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Crying for a Dream – Kent based video and performance artist Nikolai Deaves brings vision quests to the 21st Century. 

Artist and filmmaker Nikolai Deaves will be exhibiting an interactive installation from The Lost Rites collective on Saturday 28th June from 6:30-10:00pm at Sun Pier House, Chatham.

Kent based artist and filmmaker Nikolai Deaves, a 2011 graduate from the University for the Creative Arts, will be exhibiting his cinematic style of performance art at Sun Pier House on the 28th of June. The artist who calls his second home Taiwan, has also worked across the hostile borders of Jordan performing his latest series The Lost Rites. His filmic and narrative performance work investigates themes of grief, identity and culture; looking at the absence of particular rituals in western cultures, the artist investigates their significance in being human.

Crying for a Dream, the fourth work in his series, follows a journey beginning at the coastline of Folkestone where the artist was left blindfolded. Over a gruelling 30 hours, Nikolai Deaves walked back to Rochester with a map and compass in hand. The performance piece, which was designed by social media, took responses through twitter and the artist’s website to design a vision quest and a pilgrimage for a 21st coming of age rite of passage. With the artist foraging for food, walking barefoot and submerging into the icy seas of the English Chanel, this interactive performance work reflects on societies disconnect to growing older.

Nikolai said, “This work really came from reconnecting with friends over social media, as we all struggled to grasp the next steps in our lives. Many of us attempt to mark the next rite of passage in our life by showing pictures of children, houses and cars. Success in adulthood was measured by money, coming of age seemed to no longer be ritualised explicitly by the community.”

He continues, “Aging in our culture is now seen as a negative, we hide our wrinkles and deny our wisdom. Direction in life is obscured by the myth of adulthood, no longer is this openly taught, made time for and acknowledged. Instead humanity forge on as grown children crying for a dream, lusting for a vision to show them their purpose.”

Documentation of the performance, which lasted over 30 hours, will be screened at Sun Pier House on the 28th of June. Doors will be opening at 6:30 with an opportunity to to view ‘Challenge 25’, a live and interactive performance piece by London based guest artist Andrea Morris. Sun Pier House’s Tea Room will also be open for a chance to grab a drink before the screening of Crying for a Dream at 7:30. Later on in the evening there will be a Q&A with both of the exhibiting artists.

‘Crying for a Dream’ takes place on Saturday 28th June from 6.30-10.00pm at Sun Pier House in Chatham, which can be found at Medway St, Chatham, Kent ME4 4HF

For more information please visit or check out Nikolai Deaves’ Twitter feed.