"By focusing on time-based work, this group show aims to redefine how visual
arts can be experienced."
[from the e-flux press release for "IL TEMPO DI POSTINO -- A GROUP SHOW"]
Hi Sarah and CRUMBS,
In addition to all the questions you've rightly raised about the claims this
show is making for itself (and I agree, they express a shocking ignorance of
the history of time-based art), I have another: in what way exactly will
this exhibition NOT be occupying space?
As the saying goes, "Everybody gotta be SOMEwhere."
Annick's YES response to Sarah's plaintive query -- "Gosh, is the gap
between the Media arts world and the contemporary art world so big??" -- is true
In a message dated 6/15/2007 3:23:25 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
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as a complete aside from the interesting discussion re Second Life, I
just got this notice in my inbox about a series of commissions to
happen in Manchester curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Philippe
(http://www.manchesterinternationalfestival.com) ). It reads:
The question becomes... what if having an exhibition is not a way
to occupy space, but a way to occupy time...?
With up to 15 minutes of ‘exhibition time’, each artist is creating
their own distinctive work - inviting guest performing artists,
specially commissioned music - but none using film or video - to
create this new form of group show.
By focusing on time-based work, this group show aims to redefine
how visual arts can be experienced. Set in a theatre, it transforms
the established gallery model into an exhilarating, shared audience
"The title of the piece relates to my notion of ‘postman time’, and
the idea that this exhibition is delivered to the audience rather
than the audience walking through it in their own time,” comments Philippe
Hans Ulrich Obrist adds, “One of the things that Philippe and I
have been discussing since we met each other is what would happen if
you have a group show exhibition where each artist would not get
space, but each artist would get time? And so that is the point of
departure. And through a dialogue with Manchester International
Festival – where everything is new – there was a possibility for the
first time to actually realise this.”
Gosh, is the gap between the Media arts world and the contemporary
art world so big??
(the list of artists includes the likes of Matthew Barney, Douglas
Gordon, Rirkrit Tiravanija)
First, none using film and video?
Second, the first time this has been possible? What about artists-TV
projects? Streaming web projects? make-tv.net?
Third, is there no sense here of a history of performance art? or
artists interventions in theatre spaces (such as Janet Cardiff and
George Bures Miller's videowalks)?
It seems as though they've asked artists to become commissioners (or
impressarios?). Is it all to be 'live'?
Hmmm. If anyone is going, please report back.
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