Anthony Schrag completed a residency with Standpoint in 2011. Interested in public participation and social engagement rather than the production of art objects, Anthony organised a five-sided tug of war for the local residents of Hoxton during his residency.
Anthony lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.
What is your view of the differences between the London and the regional art world?
As someone who has worked in both contexts, the biggest difference is that London is primarily a commercially-fixated and object-based artworld and Regional art worlds, while perhaps having less opportunities, have more freedom to expand and express different forms and formats of the art-making process: i.e., there’s less an emphasis on being part of a gallery system and more of an emphasis on the conceptual and non-commercial aspects of art. (That does not mean London is not concerned with theory or contemporary ideas – not at all! – however, the requirements of living in the capital place a higher emphasis on financial constraints.) They have a very good tension between them, however, and they work best with good connections between them, rather than assuming one is ‘better’ or ‘worse’…
(However, there are fewer hipsters outside of London, and that’s always nice….!)
What would you change about the art world you inhabit?
Nothing much. The grass is always greener, and the “artworld” is always an amorphous, changing and a beast of a life, but that’s what makes it amazing.