Forerunner is a collaborative art practice founded by Andreas Kindler von Knobloch, Tom Watt, and Tanad Aaron. After graduating from art college together in 2011/12 and supporting one another in different projects over several years they began to work together officially in 2016. Their collaborations as Forerunner have often included architectural interrogations, opportunistic transformations of space and specific objects built for or against a function. In recent years, their work has begun to encompass a desire to quietly upgrade or criticise by ‘fixing’, often working within ‘material navigation’, a concept developed within their collaborative practice. This concept refers primarily to a navigational sense they create for our surroundings based on our perception of the materials and their properties. In their separate practices Andreas Kindler von Knobloch, Tanad Aaron and Tom Watt are interested in sociology, art theory, architecture, language and the history of art practices as well as the fabrication and creation process used by artists. Combined, their collaborative practice presents an ambitious exploration of objects, environments and uses, at an architectural scale.
Selected Forerunner exhibitions and projects include: Office of the Rest Commissioned by Mary Cremin for Void, Derry (2021), YOUNG FOSSIL Curated by Rachael Gilbourne and Janice Hough for IMMA outdoors, Dublin (2021), Brute Clues (2016) at Project Arts Centre, Dublin curated by Tessa Giblin (pictured); Museum Of Mythological Waterbeasts (2018) commissioned by Ormston House, Limerick; Architecture of Change (2018) commissioned by Mary Cremin of VOID, Derry; Misplaced Concreteness (2018-ongoing) curated by Grizedale Arts, UK; Dream of Kiwanosato (2018-ongoing) Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan and Staring forms, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin, (2019).
In 2021 Kunstverein Aughrim commissioned Forerunner to develop and realise Granite Leap. This ongoing collaboration was supported by a Project Award (development strand) awarded by the Arts Council in 2021 and a Project Award (production strand) awarded by the Arts Council in 2022.