From September 14 to November 24 Liverpool Biennial 2002 brings together artists from around the world in a celebration of fresh, innovative and engaging practices in visual culture. Practices that encourage excellence, risk, creativity, diversity, participation and debate. Sunday 22 September, 2pm: The Golden Dolphin, Ritualistic Sunday Afternoon Concert, Performance Installation, Fantasia Cruises Jetty, Albert Dock.
>From September 14 to November 24 Liverpool Biennial 2002 brings together
artists from around the world in a celebration of fresh, innovative and
engaging practices in visual culture. Practices that encourage excellence,
risk, creativity, diversity, participation and debate.
Liverpool is the only city in the UK to host a Biennial of contemporary visual art. Started in 1999, this second Biennial was delayed to 2002 in order to take full advantage of the opening of the brand new FACT centre and the newly refurbished Walker Art Gallery, The Walker.
Liverpool Biennial is founded on a unique model of partnership between Tate Liverpool, FACT, the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Bluecoat Arts Centre, National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside and New Contemporaries.
Liverpool Biennial 2002 presents five programmes -
John Moores Exhibition of Contemporary Painting
Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2002
Liverpool Biennial 2002 supports Liverpool's European Capital of Culture 2008 bid.
The International 2002 explores the city as a cultural context, proposing a connection between art of internationally recognised quality and a particular place. Around eighty percent of the artworks have been specially commissioned or completed for the exhibition. The curators invite the viewer - as they have the artists - into a dialogue with Liverpool.
Following the curators' view that the city's culture is one of contradiction and struggle, the International 2002 suggests approaches to the contemporary urban environment through aspiration, humour and celebration in the face of difficulty. The curatorial debate informing the selection of works focused on the human desire for control - and its frustration. The realities of natural and artificial environments, of political and social institutions, of misinformation, mischief, and fantasy all frustrate the impulse to control. Control and passion are intimately connected - creativity itself is a play between the artist's desire and the irreducibility of material and form, content and interpretation.
Some of the issues addressed by the artworks are - viral contamination, 'spin' and the propagation of misinformation; media obsession and celebrity culture; identity manipulation; fantasy and hedonism; totally designed environments; privatisation; terrorism and catastrophe anxiety. Interpretative indications on each artwork are given in the International 2002 guide and elaborated in the International 2002 catalogue.
Iftikhar Dadi and Elizabeth Dadi
Juan Fernando HerrÃ¡n
Nikki S. Lee
Michael Ming Hong Lin
Wolfgang Winter and Berthold HÃ¶rbelt
Sunday 22 September, 2pm
The Golden Dolphin
Ritualistic Sunday Afternoon Concert
Fantasia Cruises Jetty, Albert Dock
Thursday 26 September, 7.30pm
Metropolitan Catherdral, Brownlow Hill
Tickets Â£2 from the Cathedral Book Shop
Composition for live piano and electronics exploring the effects of infrasound. Tel. 44 (0) 151 707 2109
You are Here
Bluecoat Arts Centre
Admission charges apply to some Your are Here events
You Are Here is a specially commissioned programme of live art conceived as a dialogue between the selected artists and Guillermo Gomez-Pena's project Ex-Centris (A Living Diorama of Fetish-ized Others) featured in the International 2002. Over 4 days British-based 'international artists' contemplate, contest and critique ideas of cultural difference and hybridity. Tel. 44 (0) 151 709 5297
Artists include - Guillermo Gomez-Pena, Cai Yuan and JJXi, George Charkravarthi, Oreet Ashrey, Kira O'Reilly (Hanover Gallery), Stacy Makishi, Suki Chan, Silke Mansholt and Qasim Shaheen.
On Sunday 22 September Bluecaot Art Gallery will host a showcase for North West based artists working in live art.
Sunday 22 September
European Car Free Day
Wood Street, Bold Street, Slater Street and Williamson Square will be transformed by acrobats, music, performance, fire-eaters, stilt walkers, inflated sculptures and murals created by young people from the region. A rickshaw taxi service will operate between selected Liverpool Biennial sites. Tel. 44 (0) 151 330 1253. Visit www.gotravelwise.com
Sunday 22 September, 11am onward
Live Pool Pedal Powered Boat Flotilla
Starts at William Brown Street
Site-Sight presents an exploration of urban identity following the hidden course of Liverpool's tidal pool along the road from the old pool to the river Mersey with fantastical vehicles. Call to participate. Tel. 44 (0)151 233 5604
Sundays 3, 10 and 17 November, 9am - 12pm
Wish You Were Here
Wish You Were Here opens the air to a range of aural explorations of near and far, isolation and connection by contemporary artists, writers and social theorists. Tel. 44 (0) 151 707 8090.
Friday 11 October, 9pm-9.40pm
Adelphi Hotel, Lime Street
This show contains sudden loud noise, and strobe lighting
Artist group The Spark Collective examine the state of art through the 'art' of the state. Featuring video, performance, poetry, dance and telematics.
14 September-8 December
The Independent is the manifold exhibitions generated by artists, architects, film makers and other practitioners who converge for Liverpool Biennial. This is the counter exploration where the serious meets fun in an unbridled mixing of the rigorous and the carnavalesque. As well as using existing galleries, the Independent pervades churches, bars, chippies, garages, markets, disused buildings and recent developments. A fertile journey with the unexpected, the challenging and the imaginative.
John Moores 22, exhibition of contemporary painting 14 September - 8 December
The John Moores exhibition of contemporary painting is the UK's most prestigious painting competition, showcasing some of the finest British-based artists. Organised by National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside, and supported by the John Moores Exhibition Trust, John Moores 22 is displayed in the newly refurbished galleries at the Walker - national gallery of the North. With a first prize of Â£25,000, the competition continues to attract a great number of artists practicing across the broad spectrum of painting. The three judges - artists Fiona Rae and Jenny Saville along with artist/writer Matthew Collings judge each painting on its own merits without being given the name of the artist.
Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2002
14 September - 27 October
Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2002 is launched at the independent artist-run space, STATIC.
New Contemporaries is the annual exhibition of work by students and recent graduates selected from fine art colleges throughout the UK. First established in 1949, New Contemporaries is recognised for supporting new work and generating critical debate in the visual arts and for providing valuable support for artists at the start of their professional careers. By its very nature the exhibition is always fresh, lively and experimental.
This year, selectors; artists Graham Gussin, Sarah Lucas and filmmaker Patrick Keiller carefully considered the 1200 applications received from art schools across the UK during a two-stage process.