AN OPEN CALL TO ARTISTS, MUSICIANS, WRITERS FOR THE FREE BIENNIAL
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THE FREE BIENNIAL
The Free Biennial is an open exhibition of nonmonetary artworks to be held
in greater New York during the month of April, 2002.
Any artist who wishes may participate with such works as ephemeral
installations, guerilla performances, dérives, situations, giveaways,
ambulatory declamations, parties, neo-happenings, apartment shows, guided
experiences, screenings, projections, mail art, downloadable music,
web-based work. Please see the call to artists for further details.
During the exhibition, maps and schedules will be available on the website
to help viewers locate and experience the participating works. Tours and
events will be organized to support the show.
A CALL TO ARTISTS
Artists of all kinds are invited to participate in THE FREE BIENNIAL which
will take place in New York during the month of April, 2002.
Any project which is nonmonetary in nature, and which takes place in public
or quasi-public space in the greater New York area any time during the month
of April 2002 is eligible.
Works which are not eligible include those where an admission is charged or
where anything is for sale, as well as works not taking place within the
time and space designated for the show (greater New York City area, month of
Web-based projects are welcome, and will be represented by a description and
a URL link. Mail art projects are also welcome, and will be represented by a
description and a mailing address (the address may be anywhere in the world
as long as participants in New York are invited).
Projects taking place in ordinarily private space (for instance apartment
shows) are eligible if they are open to the public by appointment or during
Group projects and projects organized by collectives and independent
curators are encouraged.
There is no deadline for participation, but if you wish your information to
be included in publicity materials it must be received by MARCH 1, 2002. For
inclusion in the website, information must be received by MARCH 30, 2002.
To enter please visit http://www.freebiennial.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 23, 2002
NEW YORK. This spring New York will host a different kind of art biennial,
The Free Biennial.
The Free Biennial is an exhibition of free art in public spaces, open to any
artist who wishes to participate. It will be held in New York during the
month of April, 2002 (April 2 April 30, 2002).
Functioning both as an exhibition, and as a situational artwork, The Free
Biennial is a project of artist Sal Randolph who says: ³It¹s an experiment
in presenting a show which is completely democratic and unedited. There¹s
always an element of the unpredictable when you open the doors.²
In an increasingly crowded field of international art expositions, the Free
Biennial offers a new artistic situation, both for the viewer and the
participating artist. For the artist, the Free Biennial eliminates the
selection process the curator as gatekeeper or filter. It puts the
question of participation in the hands of the artist, and throws open the
question of value.
For the viewer, the safety of traditional curatorship and spectacle is
removed, allowing an experience which is more direct, raw, and intimate.
The city is transformed into a place of potential where any encounter could
be an artistic one. Armed with a map and the idea that art might be
anywhere, the viewer is invited to step into the shoes of what Baudelaire
and the Situationists called the flâneur, the wanderer, ready to experience
³It¹s a new way of looking at public space,² says organizer Sal Randolph.
³We¹ve gotten used to seeing public space as either institutional or
commercial. Here is a way for artists and viewers to operate together as as
citizens, engaged with the life of the city. It holds out possibility for
the values of generosity and civility, which we are so in need of at this
³There¹s plenty of free artwork out there,² Randolph adds, ³but there¹s very
little context in which to show it. It¹s one of the hidden art movements of
our time. This show aims to provide a context which will make the
underground gift economy of art more visible.²
Randolph¹s other recent projects have included ³Free Words² in which 2,000
copies of a free book are being infiltrated into bookstores and libraries
worldwide (for more information: http://www.freewords.org).
THE FREE BIENNIAL
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