Friday, October 3, 2008
Communication and Association
20 September - 30 November 2008
Within their complex and often disorientating installations, Berlin based collective Artists Anonymous explicitly acknowledge the means by which art is created, and the whirl of social events and intellectual debates that accompany it. In Communication & Association, the artists play on A Foundation’s role within the Liverpool Biennial as host of the official opening party as well as a series of discussions, social events and performances, by creating a labyrinthine installation specifically designed to have a disruptive influence on the proceedings.
Communication & Association consists of seven interconnected, freestanding rooms each representing an extreme environment for experiencing art. Inside the construction, paintings and scientific texts can be viewed amid a variety of uncomfortable conditions such as wild temperature fluctuations; a room in negative; low ceilings and mirrored surfaces. The exterior, clad with found and recycled materials and marooned on a sandy beach in the centre of A Foundation’s 700m2 Furnace gallery, acts as a performance space and open platform over the period of the Biennial. Local people are invited to contribute unwanted household items, furniture, waste building materials and manpower to help create the structure.
Communication & Association follows Artists Anonymous’s current show Perception & Sensation at Magazin 4 Kunstverein Bregenz, Austria and will run simultaneously with their show at the Hamburger Bahnhof, Germany’s foremost Museum for Contemporary Art in Berlin.
The public discussion, Raising The Curtain, between Biennial directors, Artists Anonymous and the International Curators Forum will take place within the exhibition on 20th September, the day after the opening party. The participants will question the role of the Biennial and the Capital of Culture and provide an open forum for discussion with the public.
For further information visit www.artists-anonymous.net
Artists Anonymous: The Gunslinger September 2007
Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2008
20 September - 22 November 2008
Unique in the firmament of International Biennials, a survey of the brightest stars in the new cosmology, exceptional new works by artists who might burn bright or twinkle for a day. We are pleased to host Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2008, selected by Richard Billingham, Ceal Floyer and Ken Lum. This year is the largest show ever occupying the ground floor of the Blade Factory and the Coach Shed, showing the work of 57 artists from a submission of over 1400.
Pio Abad, Adam Ajina, Allsopp & Weir, Guler Ates, Steve Bishop, Paul Bratt, Stewart Cliff, Beth Collar, Alexia de Ville de Goyet, Joe Doldon, Jeremy Evans, Anwen Handmer, Chris Hanlon, Gabriel Hartley, Gerd Hasler, Neil Hedger,Tyler Bright Hilton, Sam Holden, Alex Hudson, Peter Joslyn, Emmanuel Kazi Kakai, Eva Kalpadaki, Katharina Kiebacher, Rinat Kotler, Raakhee Lakhtaria, Andrew Larkin, Ian Law, littlewhitehead, Joseph Long, Jo Longhurst, Ellen Macdonald, Allison Maletz, Jane Maughan, Sarah Michael, Haroon Mirza, Yoca Muta, Gemma Nelson, Sachiyo Nishimura, Yo Okada, Joep Overtoom, Heather Phillipson, Patricia Pinsker, Giles Ripley, Constance Slaughter, Rita Soromenho, Naomi St Clair-Clarke, David Stearn, Nicholas Tayler, Esther Teichmann, David Theobald, Jason Underhill, Manuel Vazquez, Lara Viana, Jane Ward, Anita Wernstrom, Paul Westcombe, Jeanine Woollard.