Sunday, 19 September 2010


Allan Kaprow, 'Re-Invention of the Office Boy', 1987, reenacted by Tania Bruguera on request of the curator

Tania Bruguera/Catedra Arte de Conducta, space to be filled by the work develped by the artist of Catedra Arte de Conducta during the course of the biennial

Rosa Barba, pipes with the sound coming from the Mersey Tunnels

Lorenzo Fusi, curator of the Liverpool Biennial, standing next to barrels for Alan Kaprow's 'Transfer' (1968), to be reinvented by Kaprow's son Bram and Tania Bruguera

empty spaces at the Old Rapid Hardware Building one of the locations of the Liverpool Biennial. the spacing out of these empty spaces throughout the exhibition, gave it a rhythm and avoided the saturation which prevails in many similar exhibitions

Meshac Gaba's 'Souvenir Palace'

Minerva Cuevas critique of Del Monte's exploitation in Guatemala and Latin America

Julieta Aranda and Anton Vidokle's 'Time Bank'

Karmelo Bermejo's Recession fireworks video

Alfredo Jaar's 'Marx's Lounge'

Alan Kaprow's 'Transfer' (1968), reinvented by Bram Kaprow and Tania Bruguera, interrupting the inaugural speech of Lewis Biggs, Artistic Director of the Liverpool Biennial

Tehching Hsieh, 'One Year Performance 1980-81' in FACT

Carol Rama

Emese Benczur's 'Think About Your Future'

Do Ho Suh's 'Bridging Home'

Cristina Lucas great film 'Touch and Go' which documents retired unionists (of unions that don't exist anymore becomes most industries disapeared from Liverpool) throwing stones at the facade of the building of Europleasure International.

some of the curatorial statements:

PUBLIC REALM | Curated by Lorenzo Fusi
Projects in the public realm are spread accross the city in various venues.
Artists:Rosa Barba, Laura Belem, Emese Benczur, Danica Dakic, Song Dong, Alfredo Jaar, Will Kwan, Cristina Lucas, Tala Madani, Kris Martin, NS Harsha, Raymond Pettibon, Do Ho Suh, Ryan Trecartin and Hector Zamora.

The ambivalence implicit in the title of the exhibition (a chiasm insisting on a scheme of mutual reciprocity: who / what has touched whom / what and who / what is touched by whom / what?) provides the field of our investigation. Particularly in the public realm (where the distinctions between the makers and consumers of art are often blurred and their roles interchangeable) it’s very complex to assess who is the active agent and who’s the passive receiver.

The dystopic scenario that has resulted from the fall of ideologies and the deconstruction of faiths and belief, has redefined the relation between reality and art. But most significantly, it questions artists’ (and everyone else’s) authority. The impact and relevance of individual authority in most political and social processes of decision-making seem very limited, although the entire globe is slowly moving towards a diffused democratic sovereignty. What is it then that is still missing?

Even amongst the most radical fringes of political discourse and theoretical / philosophical thinking (i.e. Antonio Negri), the answer seems now to be: love. The reconciliation between art and a multifaceted understanding of love or affection (that doesn’t exclude its opposite, that’s to say hate) represents the core element of this section of the exhibition. A more holistic approach to life, that’s reflected in the enlarging mirror of art. “A painter speaks with his entire body, maintains Valéry. And, in fact, a Spirit that could paint has yet to be seen” (Maurice Merleau-Ponty).

Re:Thinking Trade | Curated by Lorenzo Fusi
52 Renshaw Street, L1 4PN
Artists: Minerva Cuevas, Julieta Aranda and Anton Vidokle, Daniel Knorr, Meschac Gaba, Karmelo Bermejo, Freee and Lee Mingwei.

Since the social activism of the 1960s, many artists have taken a critical stance towards both capitalism and the dominant consumerism of ‘advanced’ societies. Bypassing, resisting, or intervening in the mechanisms of late capitalism, they have sought to make ‘socially relevant’ art that works outside or against the constraints of capitalism and consumerism, returning producer and consumer to a more human relationship.

Re:Thinking Trade proposes to touch the city through ‘art re-appropriation’. Disused retail spaces will be revived as temporary venues for art-projects. Newly conceived artworks (and some existing ones not previously presented in the UK) will offer the viewer, or ‘customer’, a wide range of experiences and a variety of alternative ways to trade their time and attention in exchange for a benefit. At times the benefit will be a tangible product. More often it will be a ‘gift’ from the artist, more ethereal and impalpable: an intellectual or emotional device to touch the recipient’s general wellbeing or self-perception.

Catedra Arte de Conducta | Curated by Lorenzo Fusi
52 Renshaw Street, L1 4PN
Founded by Cuban artist Tania Bruguera in 2002, Catedra Arte de Conducta was an informal institution dedicated to producing a new generation of Cuban artists. Concentrating on live art, the Catedra used the city and its social realities as its creative material. The school is now closed: its inclusion in ‘Touched’ will represent the last and conclusive chapter in its history.

Art touches a city most effectively when a personal change (in response to an artwork) is collectively experienced. If this change in self-awareness empowers people to take action and responsibility for their lives and their environment, art has touched the city in its complexity. To make something that is at once political and poetic remains very difficult indeed. We hope that in Liverpool the Catedra will provide a range of responses to this challenge, and also show how the notion of embodiment can shift into that of emplacement to introduce art, people and place to each other effectively.

The Catedra Arte de Conducta will investigate two themes: the utopian city / ideal society; and the legacy of American performance artist Allan Kaprow, through the reinterpretation of one of his seminal works. The project will be a blank canvas at the time of the opening, unrolling through the exhibition period. Gradually, different actions by the twenty artists involved will sediment and accumulate, taking the shape of a group show in progress. Polyphonic, inclusive, self-reflective, analytical and critical, experimental, engaging, stimulating, anti-monumental, fluid: these are some of the words to define this idea. The guiding principle is not to provide a preset response, standing there for all to admire, but to show the processes and intimate motivations behind making and thinking.

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