The Invisible Generation in Melbourne
A Vision Forum project devised by Per Hüttner and Daniele Balit
Melbourne: Margaret Lawrence Gallery
07-09-09 – 10-10-09
The Invisible Generation (TIG) is a series of contemporary art interventions organized by Vision Forum and inspired by texts by American writer William S. Burroughs. The project will primarily be made up of unannounced performance-based interventions in the public space in Beijing, Melbourne, Shenzhen and Kiev.
A large number of interventions will be introduced at the Anti-Hospital hosted at the Margaret Lawrence Gallery in Melbourne from September 7h to October 10h, 2009. The actions take their starting point in an experimental and evolutive exhibition made up of various elements including two installations: Polka Dot by Mark Geffriaud and Do Not Go Gentle Court, a site specific piece by Per Hüttner.
The Anti-Hospital and TIG Archive in Melbourne
The projects in Melbourne do not have a definite starting point or public opening. They are built around a number of events, evolutive interventions and social platforms which together create new vantage points to what an exhibition, performance or workshop can be.
The Anti-Hospital will be the central to coordinate various activities and to host social events that replaces the traditional opening. The production and installation of the exhibition becomes public and part of an open-ended process. The gallery is the locus where a large group of artists and other cultural practitioners together develop different interfaces to connect the inside of the gallery awith the outside world, allowing viral forms of art to infiltrate the surrounding city and the lives of its inhabitants.
The Anti-Hospital also includes an archive of artistic documents providing instructions on performances, workshops and actions to be realized primarily in the public space and in an everyday context. The instructions are formulated as possible actions, performances, temporary artworks, objects and social situations, scores and sonic interventions proposed by absent artists and realized by local artists, non-artists and the visitors the gallery. Instructions also include Burroughs's own suggestions that can re-interpreted and re-enacted by visitors to the gallery.
TIG Anti-Hospital will act as a platform to re-distribute artistic actions in the social space of the city. Through this process, the artwork is transformed and the notion of authorship is re-negotiated between the passages of instruction, interpretation and realization. The instructions will be exhibited in the gallery, and the display will include new ones collected in Melbourne, as well as documentation about the realized actions.
In dialogue with the social interventions two main installations will be presented in the gallery :
Do Not Go Gentle Court, a new site specific piece by Per Huttner. It both blocks out the daylight in the space and at the same time uses quantum physics as an inspiration to invite the audience to re-negotiate and rethink the relationship between the living and the dead.
Polka Dot, by Mark Geffriaud: is an installation which uses our visual perception to play tricks on our minds. It uses the dark and a strong light source to rethink how meaning is created in cinema, history and its connections to technological progress in general and our views on our solar system in specific.
Scheduled activities include: the Laoban Speaker Workshop,coordinated by Jon Phillips, the Stethoscope performance by Yan Jun, The Sunday Anti-Olympics, Calaibi Yau actions, and several actions connected to the instruction archive. For updates keep your eyes peeled on the TIG blog.
The Invisible Generation: a project by William S. Burroughs filtered through time and Per Hüttner and Daniele Balit.
Projects by: Yan Jun / Mark Geffriaud / Juan Pedro Fabra, Michele Masucci and Loulou Cherinet / Natasha Rosling / Per Hüttner / Michael Yuen / John Phillips and Matt Hope / Hu Xiangqian / Nadège Maïon / Yang Zhifei.
Organized by: Vision Forum in collaboration with VCA Margaret Lawrence Gallery and Satellite in Melbourne, Les Kurbas Centre in Kiev, CPU 798 in Beijing and OCAT in Shenzhen.
Supporting institutions: French Embassy in Australia, French Embassy in Kiev, Swedish Embassy in Peking, Swedish Embassy in Kiev, the Swedish Institute in Stockholm, The Consulate of Sweden in Guangzhou, Längmanska Kulturfonden in Stockholm and Linköpings Univesitet in Norrköping.
A special thank you to FRAC Île-de-France.