Paddy Barstow is not one for the constraints of traditional art galleries – he wants to discover and nurture emerging talent from the art world and break down barriers between different media. Barstow is the curator of Art Mosh, a series of exclusive pop-up events that bring artists together with contemporary music and DJs in unconventional venues. The first official event takes place in Paris this week, with one scheduled for the UK in March next year. It features an eclectic roster of international artists, including the UK’s Alex James, Ben Redgrave and Bose Collins, accompanied by live music from the likes of Ricky Rankin of Roots Manuva and local Parisian DJs. Case, a founding member of East German spraycan group Ma’ Claim, will also produce a live art piece. ‘All artists have produced work that is unique and individual,’ says Barstow of his selection process. ‘I have been following most of the artists for quite some time. For me, it’s about believing in an artist and getting the right balance. It’s about whether the work grabs me instantly, and I have to have a sense of excitement about their new work.’ Art Mosh has a distinctive international flavour, with artists from Greece, France, Japan, Italy, South Africa and Germany all represented. Barstow fosters a sense of exclusivity at the events, targeting ‘high calibre’ attendees he describes as ‘opinion-leaders, celebrities, local players and influential art-buyers’. But he also wants to give artists worldwide exposure through a website that launches on 1 December. ‘We are not snobby about different media, and we’re aiming to provide a global platform,’ he says.
Art Mosh takes place at Door Studios in Paris on 26 November, and www.artmosh.com launches on 1 December