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Frieze Projects 2014

Sophia Al Maria

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Inspired by the subliminal messages in John Carpenter’s high-concept/low-budget film They Live, Al Maria will devise a project that asks if there is a conspiracy against everyday people who look at art. In the same way that Carpenter’s film proposes that commercial advertising is an occulted mode of mind-control, Al Maria’s project will ask what an art fair is really saying to its visitors. Composing a combination of amusing and poignant statements to mark the walls of the fair and icons inspired by petroglyphs, she will look to expose the conspiracy. 

Sophia Al Maria (b.1983, USA) is an artist, writer, and filmmaker, based in London, UK. She studied comparative literature at the American University in Cairo, and aural and visual cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her recent research has focused on the concept of ‘Gulf Futurism’, recently presented in a talk at ‘The Future of the Future’ hosted by Vancouver Art Gallery and Douglas Coupland. Al Maria’s work has been exhibited at the Gwangju Biennale, Frieze, London and the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London. Her writing has appeared in Harper’s Magazine, Triple Canopy and Bidoun. Her memoir The Girl Who Fell to Earth was published in 2012 and she is currently working a feature length rape-revenge film set in Cairo. Upcoming shows include ‘Virgin with a Memory’, a solo exhibition at Cornerhouse, Manchester.

Frieze Projects 2014

Jérôme Bel

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In partnership with Dance Umbrella, Frieze Projects will bring Jérôme Bel’s critically acclaimed Disabled Theatre to London. This will be the UK premiere for this work, which was originally presented at Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels and later in dOCUMENTA (13). A collaboration with Theater HORA, a Zurich-based theater company of professional actors with learning disabilities, the performance offers a rare glimpse at lives laid bare on the stage in a way that is both compassionate and vulnerable. During the performance eleven actors, between the ages of 18 and 44, react freely, subjectively and often with humour, to a series of tasks proposed by Bel.

Performances will take place at Shaw Theatre on Euston Road, conveniently located a short distance from Regent’s Park. There will be three shows in total: two evening performances (14 and 15 October) and one matinée (15 October). Tickets are available now from DanceUmbrella.co.uk.

LISTEN NOW: Jérôme Bel in conversation with Catherine Wood for Frieze Talks 2013.

Jérôme Bel (b.1964, France) lives in Paris and works worldwide. His many projects include nom donné par l’auteur (1994), a choreography of objects; Jérôme Bel (1995), a project based on the total nudity of the performers; The Last Performance (1998), which quotes a solo by the choreographer Susanne Linke, as well as Hamlet and André Agassi; The Show Must Go On (2001), bringing together 20 performers, 19 pop songs and one DJ. Véronique Doisneau (2004), a solo on the dancer from the Paris Opera, and its Brazilian version, Isabel Torres (2005), for the ballet of the Teatro Municipal of Rio de Janeiro; Pichet Klunchun and Myself (2005), created in Bangkok with the Thai traditional dancer Pichet Klunchun; and Cour d’Honneur (2013), presented at the Festival d’Avignon 2013.

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Frieze Projects 2014

Jonathan Berger

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Berger’s project for Frieze London is inspired by a moment in the career of entertainer Andy Kaufman: his 1979 live concert Andy Kaufman Plays Carnegie Hall.

Often classified as a comedian, Kaufman’s regular appearances on popular 1970s and ‘80s American television shows, most notably Taxi and Saturday Night Live, brought him a level of recognition which enabled him to produce television specials and live concerts of his own making. The most legendary and ambitious of these projects was Andy Kaufman Plays Carnegie Hall (1979). The evening began with an overture, played by an orchestra, which was co-conceived, scored and conducted by Kaufman’s musical director and childhood friend, Gregg Sutton. Lasting only ten minutes, this deeply significant piece of music incorporates references to the majority of Kaufman’s work, his heroes and abiding interests. The overture was only played a single time; and, while the concert was filmed, for reasons unknown there is no video or audio document of the overture being performed.  It could be argued that this is the only work of Andy Kaufman’s that, with Gregg Sutton’s participation, can be appropriately and accurately restaged in Kaufman’s absence. Berger’s project for Frieze London revisits this piece of music through a collaboration with Gregg Sutton that will bring the Overture back to life, culminating in live orchestral performances at Frieze London, which will conclude each day of the fair. Throughout the day, the site for these performances will also feature an extensive collection of ephemera from Andy Kaufman’s personal and professional life. In lieu of explanatory texts accompanying these materials, a number of Kaufman’s friends, family, and collaborators will be physically present in the space at all times to meet visitors, offering the opportunity for intimate and unscripted conversations about Kaufman with those that knew him.

Berger’s project seeks to act as an investigative portrait of a key figure in American cultural history who continues to defy definition. The Project’s many elements underscore how the fluid nature of information shapes our understanding of reality and truth, an exploration which lies at the core of Kaufman’s artistic practice.

Jonathan Berger (b.1980, USA) lives in New York and works across a number of disciplines including sculpture, performance, archival projects and education. His projects often engage with the creation and presentation of exhibitions. Berger received his MFA from New York University (NYU) in 2006 and his BFA from California Institute of the Arts (CALARTS) in 2002. A recent recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, he is an Assistant Professor at NYU as well as the Director of the University’s 80WSE Gallery. Recent exhibition projects include ‘On Creating Reality, by Andy Kaufman’ presented at Maccarone Inc., New York (2013) in conjunction with ‘Andy Kaufman’s 99cent Tour’ at Participant Inc.; and ‘Stuart Sherman: Nothing Up My Sleeve’ at Participant, Inc., New York (2009), which was included in the 2009 PERFORMA Biennial.

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Frieze Projects 2014

Isabel Lewis

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Isabel Lewis will host a series of ‘occasions’, in collaboration with ICA London and at the Old Selfridges Hotel, that conjure the ancient Greek symposium, where philosophising, drinking and the erotic were inseparable. Occurring over the five days of the fair they are a celebratory meeting of things, people, plants, music, smells and dances. Lewis is the host, and also an orator, impostor, DJ and dancer. Lewis is collaborating with Norwegian chemist and smell researcher Sissel Tolaas, who will create the scents for the Frieze occasions.

Isabel Lewis (b. 1981, Dominican Republic) is an artist of Dominican and American origin who grew up on a suburban island off the coast of southwest Florida. Whilst living in New York, Lewis danced for many choreographers and from 2004 exhibited commissioned works at The Kitchen, Dance Theater Workshop, New Museum and Movement Research at Judson Church, amongst others. Lewis moved to Berlin in 2009, where she spent the next two years working as an editor and DJ, before creating her solo show STRANGE ACTION (2010). Isabel draws from her training in literary criticism, dance, and choreography as well as from party and popular culture.

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Frieze Projects 2014

Tobias Madison

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For his first solo presentation in the UK, Madison will create two adjacent rooms at Frieze London that are interwoven by sensoric and microbic technology. By creating an immersive environment that tests the interplay between staged architecture and viewers, Madison is looking to make a specific reference to Michael Asher’s 1970 project for Pomona Collage in which Asher left the gallery without a door for 24 hours a day, introducing the light and noise of the street into the gallery.

Tobias Madison (b.1985, Switzerland) lives and works in Zürich, Switzerland. Madison uses video, text and installation as tools for continuous recording, distribution and thinking. So far, his career has been defined by
a collaborative practice, in projects for the 2013 Carnegie International and The Power Station, Dallas, with artists Emanuel Rossetti and Stefan Tcherepnin. His ambitious project for Frieze will be his first solo presentation in the UK.

Frieze Projects 2014

Nick Mauss

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For Frieze, Mauss will construct a ‘living stage’ within the fair, on which a new ballet is performed each day. These durational performances will take place both on stage and backstage, responding to the fair environment as a place of constant movement and social dance. The ballet will be accompanied and
and interrupted by newly commissioned texts and music, performed live by Kim Gordon and Juliana Huxtable. Mauss will work closely with choreographer Kenneth Tindall and five dancers from Northern Ballet to develop this piece, with acclaimed choreographer Lorena Randi acting as mentor and dramaturge.

Nick Mauss (b.1980, USA) lives in New York and works at the interstices of different media. He is a graduate of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and teaches in the MFA program at Bard College, New York. Mauss has had recent solo exhibitions at Independenza Studio, Rome; Midway Contemporary, Minneapolis; 303 Gallery, New York; and MD72, Berlin. His work has been exhibited at institutions including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and Artists Space, New York. He was included in the 2012 Whitney Biennial and his writing has been published in Artforum, MAY, Peep Hole, and MAP.

Frieze Projects 2014

Cerith Wyn Evans

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Presenting offsite, Cerith Wyn Evans will install a work in the heart of ZSL London Zoo in Regent’s Park. By creating an exhibition with an audience of both humans and animals, Wyn Evans will twist the relationship between the subject and object involved in the viewing process. Important historical references for this work include Gino De Dominicis’ five-day exhibition ‘Zodiaco’ (1970) and Braco Dimitrijevic’s 1998 installations with living animals in the Paris Zoo.

Cerith Wyn Evans (b.1958, UK) was born in Wales and his conceptual practice incorporates a range of media, including sculpture, film, photography and text. He has participated in numerous exhibitions internationally, including the Venice Biennale (1995, 2003 and 2013) and Documenta 11 (2002). He began his career as a filmmaker, making his own short experimental films throughout the 1980s. Since the 1990s, his work has focused on language and perception in relation to the context of the exhibition site or its history.

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Frieze Projects 2013

Andreas Angelidakis

Andreas Angelidakis

For his first commission in the UK, Greek architect Andreas Angelidakis created a platform for all Frieze Projects’ activities. This unique and clearly defined environment acted as an island within the larger framework of the main fair and dynamically played on the scale of bodies and objects. It comprised of lightweight modules which borrow the language of the white wall and configured the space, formed partitions, connections and displayed surfaces. While Angelidakis has previously worked with modular display systems, his structure for Frieze was his first construction with a movable theatrical system.

Andreas Angelidakis (b. 1968, Greece) lives and works between Oslo and Athens. He holds a BA in Architecture from Sci-Arc, Santa Monica, and an MSc in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University, New York. Angelidakis has recently curated and designed ‘The System of Objects’, DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens. Among the exhibitions he has designed are the 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale (2011) and the 2nd Athens Biennale (2009).

Frieze Projects 2013

Lili Reynaud-Dewar (Wednesday 16 October)

In 2013, French artist Lili Reynaud-Dewar is committed to produce only bedroom pieces: in this spirit, for her Frieze Projects 2013 commission Reynaud-Dewar staged an immersive and performative environment taking the form of a bedroom installation. Reynaud-Dewar’s project examined and is inspired by the works of writers who make their own life the material of their work, such as Guillaume Dustan’s text Dans Ma Chambre (In My Room, 1996), among others.

 

Lili Reynaud-Dewar (b. 1975, France) lives and works in Grenoble, France and Geneva, Switzerland. Recent exhibitions include: Le Consortium, Dijon (2013); Clearing, New York & Belvedere, Vienna (2013); Konsthall Oslo, Norway (2013); Biennale de Lyon (2013); and Kunstraum, Innsbruck (2013); Belvedere, Vienna (2013); Karma International, Zurich (2012); Bielefeld Kunstverein, Bielefeld (both 2011); Kunsthalle, Basel (2010); Frac Champagne Ardennes, Reims (2010)

Frieze Projects 2013

Rivane Neuenschwander (Thursday 17 October)

Acclaimed Brazilian artist Rivane Neuenschwander will contribute to Frieze Projects with an on-going participatory performance inspired by her previous piece The Conversation (2010), presented at the New Museum, New York. With reference to Francis Ford Coppola’s 1974 psychological thriller of the same title, The Conversation (2010) featured a series of spying devices hidden within the gallery space, which Neuenschwander searched and revealed, prior to the exhibition’s opening.

 

Frieze Projects 2013: Rivane Neuenschwander from Frieze London on Vimeo.

Rivane Neuenschwander (b. 1967, Brazil) lives and works in London. Neuenschwander is one of the most internationally renowned Brazilian artists of her generation and was featured in 50th and 51st Venice Biennales, the 3rd SITE Santa Fé International Biennial, the 5th Istanbul Biennial and the 24th and 28th editions of the Bienal de São Paulo. Neuenschwander has had solo exhibitions at Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo (2012); Museum of Modern Art Ireland, Dublin (2011); New Museum, New York (2010); and South London Gallery, London (2008).

Frieze Projects 2013

Josef Strau (Friday 18 October)

For Frieze Projects 2013, artist Josef Strau presented a new series of his ‘Letter Tunnels’, located around the Frieze Projects space. The public were invited to sit on and crawl into these letter-shaped display architectures, within which a variety of objects, as well as texts and audio installations, are placed for fair-goers to discover. The series was conceived by the artist as ‘an architectural translation of textual narratives transmitted through sound and voice’, originally inspired by the architecture of Malmö Konsthall where the artist exhibited in 2008: ‘the main space was divided by art fair-like partition walls, which formed letters, if looked at from above’.

 

Frieze Projects 2013: Josef Strau & Stefan Tcherepnin from Frieze London on Vimeo.

Josef Strau (b. 1957, Austria) is an artist and writer who lives and works in New York and Berlin. Strau’s recent shows include: Green Naftali, New York (2012); Generali Foundation, Vienna, Austria; dépendance, Brussels (2010); House of Gaga, Mexico City (2010); Pro Choice, Wien (2010); Daniel Bucholz, Berlin (2009); Vilma Gold, London (2008); Malmö Konsthall (2008).

Frieze Projects 2013

Gerry Bibby (Saturday 19 October)

Inspired by finding shards of oyster shells in the soil of Regent’s Park, Australian artist Gerry Bibby’s work unpacked the labour and exchange processes surrounding the history of oysters in London.

Bibby’s work for Frieze Projects comprised of a number of elements in response to the infrastructure of the Fair. Oyster-shell aggregations located in public areas of the fair act as the record of a pre-fair performance in which art fair workers and building staff ate oysters. Physical remnants from a second day-long action, produced in collaboration with the Amsterdam-based performance platform If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want to Be Part of Your Revolution, were also exhibited post-performance.

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Gerry Bibby (b. 1977, Australia) lives and works in Berlin. Recent projects include: ‘Version Control’, Arnolfini, Bristol (2013); ‘Last Call’, Silberkuppe, Berlin (2012); and ‘(untitled) with Robert Filliou’, The Artist’s Institute, New York (2010). Gerry Bibby will be featured at the upcoming Biennale de Lyon (2013).

 

Frieze Projects 2013: Gerry Bibby from Frieze London on Vimeo.

Frieze Projects 2013

Ken Okiishi (Sunday 20 October)

Okiishi’s commission was housed within a transparent Perspex-walled space, allowing the public to view the work from a number of vantage points. Okiishi’s project also included a participatory performance in the Frieze Projects space, involving both humans and robots.

 

Frieze Projects 2013: Ken Okiishi from Frieze London on Vimeo.

Ken Okiishi (b. 1978, USA) lives and works in New York. Recent solo exhibitions include MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts (2013); Hessel Museum of Art, Bard Center for Curatorial Studies (2013); Mathew, Berlin (2012); Take Ninagawa, Tokyo (2012); Alex Zachary, New York (2010); and Mehringdamm 72, Berlin (2010). Recent group exhibitions include: Artists Space, New York (2013); Arnolfini, Bristol (2013); Kunsthaus Bregenz (2013); Kunsthalle Bern (2012); White Columns, New York (2012).

Frieze Projects 2013

Family Space: Angelo Plessas

Angelo Plessas, The Temple of Play

For the first time in 2013 Frieze Projects included a site-specific commission for the Family Space, conceived by Greek artist Angelo Plessas under the title The Temple of Play.

Located in a bespoke tent adjacent to the projects area, Plessas’ free, creative playground provided on-going, activities for young people as well as adults and was accessible for the duration of the fair. Under the supervision of trained professionals, children aged 3–12 years old navigated through games, performances and enjoyed a range of activities including guest appearances, creative workshops, screenings and more.

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Angelo Plessas (b. 1974, Greece) lives and works in Athens. Plessas’ practise investigates the changing role of art and social practice in the time of internet. Plessas has shown his work in museums and foundations including: The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (2009); DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens (2006); and the 3rd Bienal de Valencia (2005). Recent projects include ‘Every Website is a Monument’, Cell Project Space, London (2012) and ‘The Bar’, Kunsthalle, Athens (2010).

The Temple of Play

 

Joanna Rajkowska (b.1968) is a Polish artist based in London. Recent solo shows and projects include ‘Born in Berlin. A Letter to Rosa’, Zak-Branicka Gallery, Berlin (2012) and ‘Swamptown’, Polish Institute, Berlin (2012). Group shows include: ‘Forget Fear’, 7th Berlin Biennale, Berlin, ‘Dependency Culture as a State of Mind’, InteriorDAsein, Berlin and ‘Middle East Europe’, Labor Gallery, Budapest (all 2012). Forthcoming public projects in 2012 will be for the ‘Made in Peterborough’ commission programme, Citizen Power Peterborough (a joint venture between Peterborough City Council amd Royal Society of Arts, London) and in Copenhagen as part of the Copenhagen Art Festival.

Frieze Projects 2011

Bik Van der Pol

Bik Van der Pol

Bik Van der Pol made a full-size ‘live’ scoreboard, a project initiated by an interest in visionary architect Cedric Price (whose London Zoo Aviary is close to the fair). Drawing from Price’s interests in temporality and visibility, Bik Van der Pol’s scoreboard was animated live by assistants who constantly changed the text to spell out a number of abstract idioms, quotes and maxims, providing a narrative for visitors to the fair.

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Bik Van der Pol is a duo of Dutch artists based in Rotterdam who have worked collectively across art and architecture since 1995. Recent solo shows and projects include: The ENEL Award, MACRO, Rome; ‘Learning from Vancouver’, The Western Front, Vancouver (both 2010); and ‘It isn’t what it used to be and will never be again’, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow (2009). Recent curatorial projects include: ‘Too late, too little, (and how) to fail gracefully’, Kunstfort Asperen, Acqouy (2011); and ‘Plug In’, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2009). Recent group shows include ‘We Are Grammar’, Pratt Institute, New York; ‘CLAP’, Hessel Museum of Art, CCS Bard College, New York (both 2011); ‘Portscapes’, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2010); and ‘For Reasons of State’, The Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program, New York (2008).

Frieze Projects 2011

Pierre Huyghe

Pierre Huyghe

Pierre Huyghe’s aquarium was a live ecosystem that hosted a specific narrative created for Frieze Art Fair. This narrative was enacted by particular seawater creatures selected as the players in Huyghe’s aquatic performance. While the conditions in which the players coexisted were constructed within a fictitious narrative, the behavioral relationships between the players were real and not scripted. The aquarium created an intimate psychological world that formed a point of contrast with the atmosphere throughout the rest of the fair.

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Pierre Huyghe (b.1962) is a French artist based in Paris and New York. Recent solo projects and exhibitions include: ‘The Host and the Cloud’, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York and Paris; the 2011 Berlin Film Festival’s Forum Expanded; and Gloria Cinema, Kassel; ‘Pierre Huyghe: Works from the Collection’, Kunstmuseum Basel, Museum für Gegenwartskunst (2011); La Saison des Fêtes, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía - Palacio de Cristal, Madrid (2010); ‘A Time Score’, MUSAC -Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, León (2007); and ‘Celebration Park’, Tate Modern, London, and Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (both 2006). He was recently honoured with the 2010 Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Contemporary Artist Award and, in 2012, will take part in Documenta 13, Kassel.

Frieze Projects 2011

Christian Jankowski

Christian Jankowski

In conjunction with a luxury yacht company, Jankowski’s project employed a boat dealer to sell a full-size motor yacht from a conventional gallery stand. This luxury product was available to buy not only as a boat, but also as a Christian Jankowski artwork. The potential client was able to enter the salon to see the interior, and hear descriptions of the yacht/artwork.
Working in film, video, performance and installation, Jankowski’s work is collaborative in process, constructing situations that require the subjects to be complicit in his works. Whether wittingly or unwittingly, these participants, their responses and actions are often the crux of the work.

Christian Jankowski (b. 1968) is a German artist based in Berlin. Recent solo shows and projects include: The Perfect Gallery, Pump House Gallery, London (2010); Strip The Auctioneer, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York; Jeck We Can, Julia Stoschek Collection, Duesseldorf (both 2010); Now For Something Completely Different, BAWAG Foundation, Vienna; Above All I’m an Art Lover, Regen Projects, Los Angeles (both 2009); and Dienstbesprechung, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Stuttgart (2008).

Frieze Projects 2011

Oliver Laric

Oliver Laric

Oliver Laric’s project at Frieze Art Fair 2011 can now be watched online here.

For his project, Laric created stock video footage to be published for free use as public domain material. This portfolio of film footage was be shot in and around the fair, using a number of specialist high-resolution cameras with specific slow motion and digital cinematographic features. Usually this material, held in image archives such as Getty Images or Corbis, is available to buy for use in corporate films, adverts and Internet ‘idents’, as well as on personal blogs and websites. Often acting as a mediator, Laric extends the offer of an anonymous collaboration across the Internet, collating and exhibiting the results in exhibitions as his own.

Oliver Laric (b.1981) is a German artist based in Berlin. Recent solo shows and projects include: Kopienkritik, Skulpturhalle, Basel (2011); 山寨 Turbo, Western Front, Vancouver (2011); and Versions, Seventeen Gallery, London (2010). Group shows include: ‘The 6th Momentum Biennial: Imagine Being Here Now’, Kunsthall, Moss; ‘Based in Berlin’, Monbijou Park, Berlin; and ‘Memery’, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (all 2011).

Frieze Projects 2011

LuckyPDF

LuckyPDF

Watch Live from Frieze Art Fair this is LuckyPDFTV online now.

During the course of Frieze Art Fair 2011 LuckyPDF invited over 50 artists to show and produce new work for a series of live daily broadcasts. Film performance, news and chat was introduced by special guest presenters. Visitors were invited to join them in the project space studio for open rehearsals and live recordings or watch throughout the fair on special screens and wireless access points. Viewers could also watch at home via the Frieze Foundation website so as not to miss any of the action.

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LuckyPDF is an artists’ group that has been active in Peckham, south-east London, since late 2008. They are: James Early, John Hill, Ollie Hogan and Yuri Pattison (all b. 1986). Working collaboratively with an ever-changing network of emerging artists, they produce online television programmes, Internet interventions and live events. Recent projects have been at The Conservatory, Barbican Centre (2011); LuckyPDF TV, Nottingham Contemporary (2011) and Auto Italia, London (2010); and a residency at The Woodmill, London (2011). Recent group shows include: ‘Sleep Faster’, Arcadia Missa, London (2011) and ‘Tetragram for Gathering’, Detroit Gallery, Stockholm (2011). They have also contributed to ‘BYOB London’, The Woodmill, London; ‘BYOB Venice’, Accademia Di Belle Arti, Venice (both 2011); ‘Mill24’, Islington Mill, Manchester; ‘Yes Way’, Auto Italia, London; and ‘No Soul For Sale’, Tate Modern, London (all 2010).

Frieze Projects 2011

Peles Empire

Peles Empire

Peles Empire is a collaboration by Katharina Stoever and Barbara Wolff, founded in 2005. Their work took as its source material Peles, a Romanian castle sited at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains. Built between 1873 and 1913, the castle’s architecture is a clash of historical styles ranging from Renaissance to Gothic Revival, Art Deco to Rococo. Peles Empire has previously functioned as an exhibition space, salon and bar, as well as a collaborative force. Stoever and Wolff have reproduced nine different rooms of the castle, recreating them with simple photocopied montages. Themes of reproduction, reconstruction and transformation, as evident in the history of Peles have formed the thread of Stoever and Wolff’s production. At Frieze Art Fair, Peles Empire installed a bar that acts as a Gesamtkunstwerk in which everything – from the reproduced room and its decorative furnishings, to the serving of guests and taking part in the fair – was part of the work.

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Katharina Stoever (b.1982) and Barbara Wolff (b. 1980) are German artists based in London. Exhibitions presented in the Peles Empire spaces in London and Cluj include: Shannon Bool (2011); ‘Paul McCarthy’s Cap’, and Kerstin Kmelka, (2010). Peles Empire shows in other locations include ‘Men’, ORTON.nl, Rotterdam; ‘The Big Armory,’ Maes & Matthys Gallery, Antwerp (both 2009); and ‘The Mystery of Life’ at MAK Center for Art & Architecture at the Schindler House, Los Angeles (2007). Group shows include: ‘Space Revised’, GAK, Bremen (2009).

Frieze Projects 2011

Laure Prouvost

Laure Prouvost

Laure Prouvost’s idiosyncratic installations at Frieze Art Fair were cacophonous environments centred on domestic objects, film, sound and that often invoked loose narratives based on a single event. Humorous, irreverent, and discordant, these installations included a number of hand-painted signs that purport to instil some order into the situation, but often offer little clarity. Playing with issues of language, translation and authority, or with ideas around space and disorientation, the signs were often funny, sometimes sweet, occasionally straightforward and instructional. Prouvost’s signs for Frieze Projects were made in the days preceding the fair as a response to the architecture of the space and the movement of its audience.

Laure Prouvost (b.1978) is a French artist based in London. Recent solo projects include: before, before. before it was, the title sequence, spinning before next, a squid, MOT International, London (2011); It, heat, hit, Art Now Lightbox, Tate Britain, London (2010); Storeybored, After the Butcher, Berlin; and Burrow Me, Lighthouse, Brighton, (both 2009). Recent group shows include: ‘Subjective Projections’, Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefeld; ‘Time Again’, Sculpture Centre, New York; ‘Between Here and There’, Calder Foundation, New York, (all 2011); ‘Avec Excoffon’, IFF Galerie, Marseille (2010); and ‘The Know Unknows’, Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2009. In 2010 Prouvost received a Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network award. In 2011 she was nominated for the MaxMara Art Prize for Women and was the principle prize winner at the 57th Oberhausen film festival.

Frieze Projects 2011

Cara Tolmie

Cara Tolmie

Cara Tolmie’s practice spans installation, performance, video, music, text and spoken word. For Frieze Art Fair she created a new performance that centres upon the voice and narrative as devices that will construct a postulated fictional space. The performance mapped out the laws of the space within the space of the fair, purely through methods of performance – song, movement and spoken word. Often Tolmie’s work extracts narrative and meaning from a simple starting point, perhaps a short piece of video or an image, which then multiplies and expands exponentially to provide source material for a full body of work – by analysing a simple landscape she may write a script, develop a voice performance or shoot a film.

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Cara Tolmie (b.1984) is a Scottish artist based in London. Recent solo shows include: Read Thou Art and Read Thou Shalt Remain, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, (2011); and Sierra Metro, Edinburgh (2008). Group shows include: ‘Maybe I should have called it ‘My life in nineteen minutes’’, The Clocktower Gallery, New York; ‘Graham Ball’, Grand Union, Birmingham, (both 2011); ‘Young London’, The Biscuit Factory, London; ‘The Voice is a Language’, Tramway, Glasgow; and ‘21st Century’, Chisenhale Gallery, London (all 2010). Forthcoming shows in 2011 will be at S1, Sheffield and Supplement Gallery, London.

Frieze Projects 2010

Ei Arakawa and Karl Holmqvist

Ei Arakawa and Karl Holmqvist

pOEtry pArk took place in Regent’s Park and incorporated various activities and performances relating to an expanded idea of poetry. A unique first-time collaboration by Ei Arakawa and Karl Holmqvist, the ‘park’ included sculptural and print interpretations of poetry as a physical existence. pOEtry pArk also functioned as a refuge from the fair, a haven to which visitors could temporarily retreat from the preoccupied atmosphere of the fair, incorporating relaxing and meditative activities and an environment influenced by Japanese-american artist Isamu Noguchi.

Ei Arakawa (b.1977) is a Japanese artist based in New York.  Recent solo projects and shows include Casco, Utrecht and Galerie Neu, Berlin (both 2010); Künsthalle Zürich; Prochoice, Vienna; Künstlerhaus Stuttgart; New Jerseyy, Basel; Taka Ishii Gallery, Kyoto (all 2009); Front Room at Contemporary Art Museum, St Louis and Franco Soffiantino Gallery, Turin (both 2008). Recent group shows include: ‘Greater New York 2010’, P.S.1 Centre for Contemporary Art, New York (2010); ‘Tblisi 6: Never on Sunday’, Tblisi and ‘Calling Out of Context’, ICA, London (both 2009); Yokohama Triennale, Kanagawa and ‘2008 Altoids Award’, New Museum, New York (both 2008); Performa07, New York (2007). Forthcoming projects include; Nam June Paik Art Center, Seoul (2010); Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York (2010).

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Karl Holmqvist (b.1964) is a Swedish artist based in Stockholm and Berlin. Recent solo shows include: ‘I’ll Make the World Explode’, Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin and Gaga Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City (2009); and ‘The Grey Triangle’ Hollybush Gardens, London (2007). Recent group shows include: ‘The Malady of Writing’, MACBA, Barcelona (2009); ‘poor.old.tired.horse’, ICA, London (2009); and ‘The Soul, or Much Trouble in the Transportation of Souls’, Manifesta 7, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Trento. Forthcoming group shows include ‘27 Senses’ at Chisenhale Gallery, London; Moderna Utställningen at Moderna Museet, Stockholm, and Manifesta 8, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Murcia, Spain (all 2010).  A selection of his collected writing was published last year in the artist’s book ‘What’s My Name?’ by BookWorks, London 2009.

 

Frieze Projects 2010

Spartacus Chetwynd

Spartacus Chetwynd

Chetwynd created a new and unique performance based on a live game show. Two teams, ‘The Oppressed Purée’ and ‘Women Who Refuse To Grow Old Gracefully’, took part in a live competition. Accompanied by a chamber orchestra recreating seal music, they performed mime and dance routines in order to compete for the glory of a ride on ‘The Cat Bus’, a character brought to life from Studio Ghibli’s anime film, Totoro My Neighbour. The event was a spirited contest, incorporating Chetwynd’s interest in amateur performance, handmade costume, and a number of conflating influences, ranging from Mae West to John Waters, via Doris Lessing and the Marx Brothers.

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Spartacus Chetwynd (b.1973) is a British artist, based in London. Recent solo shows and projects include ‘The Snail Race’, Massimo de Carlo Gallery, Milan (2008), ‘Help! I’m Trapped in a Muzuzah Factory’, Le Consortium, Dijon (2008) and ‘Spartacus Chetwynd’, migros museum, Zurich (2007). Group shows and projects include: South London Cultural Centre, London and Helmut Newton Ladies Nights, ‘Event Horizon’, Royal Academy, London (both 2009). Forthcoming shows include: ‘British Art Show’, Hayward Touring Exhibitions and Le Printemps de Septembre à Toulouse (both 2010).

Frieze Projects 2010

Matthew Darbyshire

Matthew Darbyshire

Darbyshire redesigned the ticket tent to simulate the design of a popular mobile phone concept store. Fully functional as the box office, it also included a number of the functionless devices often used by the creators of such concept stores and the subversion of what we consider classic store design concepts. The project examined how an audience with varying levels of familiarity with commercial design, reacts to the displaced design conventions employed within the structure.

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Matthew Darbyshire (b.1977) is a British artist based in London. Recent solo projects include ‘Elis’, Herald Street, London (2010), ‘Funhouse’, Hayward Gallery Project Space, London (2009) and ‘Blades House’, Gasworks, London (2008). Group shows include ‘Newspeak’, Saatchi Gallery, London (2010), ‘Monument For Study’, Herald Street, London (2009) and ‘Altermodern Tate Triennial’, Tate Britain, London (2009). Matthew is also taking part in ‘The British Art Show 7’ which opens in October 2010 at Nottingham Contemporary.

Frieze Projects 2010

Shannon Ebner & Dexter Sinister

Shannon Ebner & Dexter Sinister

Based on an architectural blue print from 1847, Ebner and Sinister built a room from Aircrete breeze blocks. However, although the original 1847 structure was designed to keep the weather out, the work for Frieze Art Fair is designed to keep sound in.  The situation of the fair and its material resources were used to commission an eight-part episodic text on the octopus. Twice daily at 12 and 4pm the room was closed to the public and the text was read and recorded.  As the fair closes, the episodes were stuck together to form a whole, to be played to a dedicated audience on the 31st floor of the Chrysler Building in New York. The recording was then be transcribed and republished as a PDF on servinglibrary.org

Shannon Ebner (b.1971) is an American artist based in Los Angeles. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Signal Hill’, Altman Siegel Gallery, San Francisco (2010); ‘Invisible Language Workshop’, Wallspace, New York (2009) and ‘Special Project: Shannon Ebner’, P.S.1/MoMA Center for Contemporary Art, New York (2007).  Selected group exhibitions include ‘6th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art’, Berlin (2010); ‘Les Recontres d’Arles 2010 / 41st Edition’, Arles, France (2010); ‘2008 Whitney Biennial’, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2008); ‘Learn to Read’, Tate Modern, London (2007) and ‘Uncertain States of America: American Art in the 3rd Millennium’, The Serpentine Gallery, London (2006-2007).  Ebner’s work is held in public collections such as The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, LACMA in Los Angeles and The Gallery of New South Wales in Australia.  In 2009 Ebner’s artist’s book The Sun as Error was published by LACMA and co-ordinated by Dexter Sinister.

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Dexter Sinister is the co-operative name of Stuart Bailey (b. 1973) and David Reinfurt (b. 1971). Dexter Sinister constitutes a triangle of activities: (a) a publishing imprint, (b) a workshop & bookstore, and (c) a pseudonym making site/time-specific work in art venues. David graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1993, Yale University in 1999, and formed the design studio O-R-G in 2000. Stuart graduated from the University of Reading in 1994, the Werkplaats Typografie in 2000, and co-founded the journal Dot Dot Dot the same year.

Frieze Projects 2010

Gabriel Kuri

Gabriel Kuri

Kuri created a number of powder-coated metal sculptures that replaced the fair’s existing outdoor ashtrays. These sculptures required the direct interaction of the audience to complete the works. As they were used, the surface became soiled and damaged by refuse and burns that accumulate throughout the duration of the fair. The sculptures questioned not only the relationship between viewer, functional object and artwork, but also their position in the transitory space between inside and out.

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Gabriel Kuri is a Mexican artist (b.1970) based in Mexico City and Brussels. Recent solo exhibitions include: Galleria Franco Noero, Turin (2009); Sadie Coles HQ, London (2008); kurimanzutto, Mexico City (2007) and Esther Schipper Gallery, Berlin (both 2007); and Govett Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand (2006). Recent group exhibitions include: 5 Berlin Biennale (2008); ‘Unmonumental’, New Museum, New York and ‘Brave New Worlds’, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (both 2007); ‘State of Play’, Serpentine Gallery, London (2004) and ‘Interludes’,  L Venice Biennale (2003). Forthcoming solo exhibitions include: Museion Bolzano, Italy; Kunstverein Freiburg, Germany (traveling to Kunstverein Bielefeld, Germany) (2010); Houston University Museum, USA (2010), traveling to ICA, Boston (2011).

Frieze Projects 2010

Shahryar Nashat

Shahryar Nashat

Nashat continued his dialogue with the art of others in a new video work, which examined how display and reproduction affect meaning and mediation. By taking a group of selected sculptures not present at the fair, Nashat conceived of these works as sculptural displays of proxies or stand-ins, at various locations throughout the fair, signalling the displacement and absence of the artworks. Through his use of specific film techniques such as radical framing, cropping, focal pulls and the notion of a subjective camera, he put himself in the position of the viewer encountering the chosen artworks.

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Shahryar Nashat (b.1975) is a Swiss artist based in Berlin. Recent solo shows and projects include ‘Line up’, Kunstverein Nurnberg (2010); ‘Remains to be seen’, Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen and ‘Plaque’, Kunstverein Potsdam (both 2009); and ‘Because the Ultimate Foundation is Not Founded’, Elisabeth Kaufmann, Zurich (2008). Group shows include: ‘Silberkuppe: Old Ideas’, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel and ‘Silberkuppe: Under One Umbrella’, Kunsthal Bergen (both 2010); ‘Shifting Identities’, Kunsthaus Zurich and ‘Scorpio’s Garden’, Kunsthalle Temporäre, Berlin (both 2009); ‘H Box’, Tate Modern, London and ‘Art Unlimited’, Art Basel (both 2008); and ‘Swiss Pavilion’, Venice Biennial (2005).

 

Frieze Projects 2010

Nick Relph

Nick Relph

Relph invited a number of artists to design and build donation boxes for a charity or institution of their choosing. These boxes were installed throughout the fair, encouraging the visiting public to donate. Once the fair was over, both the box itself and the money raised were given to the chosen charities. As a public display of physical cash and relative modesty, the project provided a contrast with the vast amounts of ‘invisible’ money that is exchanged at the fair, and was an opportunity for the artists involved to consider their work in a new context.

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Nick Relph (b. 1979) is a British artist based in New York. Recent solo exhibitions include Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York (2010); solo exhibitions with Oliver Payne include: John Kobal New Work Award, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2009) and Serpentine Gallery, London (2005). Group exhibitions include ‘The Page’, Kimmerich, New York, (2010); group exhibitions with Oliver Payne include: Yokohama Trienniale, (2008); ‘Perspectives 159: Superconscious, Automatisms Now’, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston and ‘The Artist and the Computer’, Museum of Modern Art, New York (both 2007); and Tate Triennial, Tate Britain, London (2006).

Frieze Projects 2010

Annika Ström

Annika Ström

Ström’s project for the fair comprised ten performers acting the roles of ‘Ten Embarrassed Men’. These men navigated the fair as a group, identifiable by their matching clothing and demeanour.  Often putting herself in difficult or uncomfortable situations to perform songs, Ström’s work centres around some of the mechanics of art-making, and her personal and heartfelt exposé of elements of her private life. These performers played the part of men embarrassed by a specific issue – in this case the representation of women in art fairs.

Annika Ström (b.1964) is a Swedish artist based in Hove. Recent solo exhibitions include: ‘The title of the show is too sad’, Galleria Sonia Rosso, Turin (2010); ‘Made in France by Annika Ström’, Onestar Press, Paris (2010); and ‘Möbler för festvåningen’, Galleri Charlotte Lund, Stockholm . Recent group projects include: ‘Playing the city II’, Shirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (2010); ‘Vidéothèque éphémère-Faux Amis, Jeu de paume, Paris (2010); ‘Welt in der Hand/ World in your Hand’, Städtische Galerie für Gegenwartskunst, Dresden (2010).

Frieze Projects 2010

Jeffrey Vallance

Jeffrey Vallance

Vallance presented a panel discussion in the fair auditorium. He employed five psychic mediums to channel the spirits of famous artists, such as Leonardo da Vinci, Jackson Pollock, Frida Kahlo, Marcel Duchamp and Vincent van Gogh. These artists were asked a number of questions. A moderator, Brian Dillon, posed questions querying the role of art in the after-world, and the dead artists’ opinions on the art market in the living world. The panel wasl open to audience questions at the end of the discussion.

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Jeffrey Vallance (b.1955) is an American artist based in Los Angeles. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Relics and Reliquaries’, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York (2010); Lars Pirak of Lapland (intervention), Ájtte Sámi Museum, Jokkmokk, (2009); ‘Relics and Reliquaries’, Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana and Reliquary Chapel, De Vleeshal, Middelburg, Holland (both 2007). Recent group exhibitions include ‘Nine Lives: Visionary Artists from LA’, The Armand Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles; and ‘Animalkind’, University Art Gallery, San Diego State University, San Diego, (both 2009); ‘Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art’, Barbican Art Gallery, London; and ‘Amateurs’, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco (both 2008).

Frieze Projects 2010

Partner Institution: Signal, Malmö

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Signal is a non-profit organisation founded in 1998, focusing on the production, presentation, discourse and diffusion of contemporary art and thought, run by a collective of artists and curators. Signal has developed a focus on an exploration of the possibilities of a collaborative curatorial practice and the manifold functions of an art arena. In 2009 Signal embarked on an extensive research project that resulted in the publication A Parallel History - The Independent ArtArenas of Skåne 1968–2008, a study on the variegated array of initiatives and exhibition spaces that were central in shaping the development of a vibrant art scene in Sweden. At Frieze Art Fair, they presented this history of their immediate forerunners in close dialogue with another work Sweden today – A thousand and one black nights, that was published by Edition Sellem in 1980, linking the two publications both in time and space.

Frieze Projects 2010

Partner institution: Vector Association

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Despite its temporary displacement from its permanent site in the city of Iasi, at Frieze Art Fair, the Romanian organisation Vector faced the impossible task of performing its usual function. Vector was represented by the work of artists Matei Bejenaru, Florin Bobu and Antonia Hirsch as well as the writer Dan Lungu. Another dimension of their presence at the fair was Vector Publication, an experimental book with contributions by artists who collaborated with Vector between 1997 and 2010. This project is supported by the Romanian Cultural Institute in London.

Frieze Projects 2009

Mike Bouchet

Mike Bouchet

California-born and Frankfurt-based artist Mike Bouchet invited the motivational speaker, Alex MacPhail, to address the gallerists of Frieze Art Fair. MacPhail, like speakers found in the programmes of business conventions, tailored his positive reinforcement skills to make a presentation on topics important to the business of selling art. Through positive re-enforcement the seminar, entitled Sell and Destroy: Redrawing the Bottom Line, dealt with issues such as business ethics, cultivating honest relationships with artists and collector, positive visualization towards increased sales and how to sell more challenging works of art.

MacPhail also performed his talk for members of the public as part of the Frieze Talks programme at 5pm, Sunday 18 October.

Mike Bouchet (b.1970) is an American artist based in Frankfurt am Main.
Recent solo shows include ‘CANBURGER’, Galerie Georges-Phillipe & Nathalie Vallois, Paris; ‘New New Age Film Festival’, Galerie Parisa Kind, Frankfurt am Main (both 2008) and ‘16x9 Action Film’, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2008) and MOCA, Los Angeles (2007). Group shows include ‘Making Worlds’, 53rd Venice Biennale; ‘Quand la première ivresse des succès bruyants ….’ CAPC Musée d’Art Contemporain de Bordeaux (both 2009) and ‘Meet Me Around The Corner’, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo (2008).

Frieze Projects 2009

Kim Coleman & Jenny Hogarth

Kim Coleman & Jenny Hogarth

UK-based collaborators Kim Coleman and Jenny Hogarth presented Players, a seamless projection of stage-managed and live events filmed at the fair, transforming the exposition into a mise-en-scene featuring unwitting visitors, gallerists and fair workers. Players aimed to heighten our sensual awareness of the staging of the fair; mixing the premeditated and the spontaneous, what is to be scrutinised and what is not, what is appreciated and what is taken for granted. 

As the entire fair becomes subject to and of the work, Players effectively changed the experience of viewing from spectacle to participatory event.  Players was located next to A14, opposite Hix Oyster Bar and Restaurant.

Kim Coleman (b. 1976) is a Northern Irish artist based in London and Jenny Hogarth (b. 1979) is a Scottish artist based in Edinburgh. 
They have been working together since 2003. Recent solo exhibitions and projects include ‘Glare’, S1 Artspace, Sheffield (2009); ‘Act Natural’, Picture This, Bristol (2009) and the Museum of Bath at Work, Bath (2008); ‘Nought to Sixty’ (with the Boyle Family), ICA, London (2008) and ‘Timebank’, Associates, London (2007).

Frieze Projects 2009

Ruth Ewan

Ruth Ewan

Working alongside Resonance104.4fm radio the entire contents of A Jukebox of People Trying to Change the World was broadcast in its entirety on its own frequency. Started in 2003, the artist’s collection of around 1,500 politically motivated or idealistic songs lasted for the exact duration of the fair. The songs were broadcast live, day and night, from a booth inside Frieze Art Fair. The project was titled These Airwaves Neutralise the Tools of Oppression; A Radio Station of People Trying to Change the World

Radios tuned to Ewan’s own radio frequency, 87.7 fm, were available for £3.00 from the information desk. 

Ruth Ewan (b.1980) is a Scottish artist based in London. 
Recent solo shows and projects include A Jukebox of People Trying to Change the World, Ancient and Modern, London (2009); Fang Sang, ‘Nought to Sixty’, ICA, London (2008) and Did You Kiss the Foot that Kicked You?, Artangel, London (2007). Recent group shows include ‘Younger Than Jesus’, New Museum, New York (2009); ‘Come in, friends, the house is yours!’, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Stuttgart (2009) and ‘Altermodern: Tate Triennial’, Tate Britain, London (2009). She is presenting a project for ‘Art Sheffield 2010’.

Frieze Projects 2009

Ryan Gander

Ryan Gander

Ryan Gander set up an (almost) instant photo studio to make portraits of visitors to the fair looking at an artwork of their choice. The portrait was printed immediately, given to the subjects and a copy hung in an installation along the entrance corridor to the fair. Titled We are Constant, Gander’s project can be understood as an evolving commentary on the consumption of art and the construction of the fair as a spectacle in which the content is removed, Gander produced a portrait of the fair through its population.

Gander had a photographic studio onsite in the entrance corridor of the fair. 

Ryan Gander (b.1976) is an English artist based in London.
Recent solo shows include ‘It’s a Right Heath Robinson Affair’, gb Agency and Kadist Art Foundation, Paris (2009); ‘As it Presents Itself’, Picture This, Bristol (2009) and ‘Heralded as the New Black’, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2009), Ikon Gallery, Birmingham and South London Gallery, London (2008). Group shows include ‘The Malady of Writing’, MACBA, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona; ‘Younger than Jesus’, New Museum, New York (both 2009) and ‘Wouldn’t It be Nice’, Somerset House, London, Museum für Gestaltung, Zurich (2008) and Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva (2007).

Frieze Projects 2009

Per-Oskar Leu

Per-Oskar Leu

For The Bachelor Machine, Per-Oskar Leu arranged an impossible event at the fair – a book signing by Franz Kafka, 85 years after his death. Since none of Kafka’s novels were published during his lifetime, this book signing was his first. Using autopen technology and facsimile first editions, the project is both a humorous commentary on trade fairs in general and a complex set of links between sinister machines – the sentencing / punitive machine in Kafka’s In the Penal Colony, Duchamp’s Bachelor Machine and the innocuous yet deceptive Autopen itself, recently used by Donald Rumsfeld to sign letters to the families of US soldiers killed in combat.

The signing took place in the Koenig Bookshop, where copies of The Trial were be available as a reproduction of the 1925 German first edition at the publisher’s current retail price of £12.00.

Per-Oskar Leu (b. 1980) is a Norwegian artist based in Frankfurt am Main.
Recent solo shows and projects include ‘Like a Dog!’, UKS, Oslo (2008) and ‘Americka’, Torpedo, Oslo (2007). Group shows include Landings Project Space, Vestfossen (2009); ‘Snowball Editions’, Lautom Contemporary, Oslo (2009) and ‘Reality Effects’, Henie Onstad Art Center, Høvikodden (2008). Forthcoming shows will be at Brown Gallery, London (2009) and Johan Berggren Gallery, Malmö (2010).

Frieze Projects 2009

Monika Sosnowska

Monika Sosnowska

Monika Sosnowska is presenting a major structural intervention in which it seemed as though a large, heavy object had crashed into the roof of the fair.

This project has been realised with the kind support of GL events Owen Brown.

Monika Sosnowska (b. 1972) is a Polish artist based in Berlin and Warsaw.
Recent solo shows and projects include The Modern Institute, Glasgow (2008); Schaulager, Basel (2008) and the Polish Pavilion at the 51st Venice Biennale (2007). Group shows include ‘The Russian Lineman’, Hayward Gallery, London (2009); ‘As Soon as I Open My Eyes I See a Film’, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw (2008); ‘Other Than Yourself – An Investigation Between Inner and Outer Space’, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna (2008) and ‘Stay Forever and Ever and Ever’, South London Gallery, London (2007).

Frieze Projects 2009

Stephanie Syjuco

Stephanie Syjuco

Stephanie Syjuco set up a parasitic workshop in which a small group of artists made bootleg copies of other works exhibited in the fair. The artists used basic and inexpensive materials and worked in a gallery stand at the fair in full view of visitors. The copies were displayed in an adjacent gallery stand. Copystand: an autonomous manufacturing zone drew on Syjuco’s recent projects involving approximate copies: crocheted branded luxury goods, cardboard replicas of Charlotte Perriand furniture and body doubles.

The bootleg works are available to purchase from a stand next to H14 and opposite G16.


Stephanie Syjuco (b. 1976) is an American artist based in San Francisco.
Recent solo shows include ‘Unsolicited Fabrications: Shareware Sculptures’, Pallas Contemporary Projects, Dublin; ‘The Village (Small Encampments)’, James Harris Gallery, Seattle, (both 2009) and ‘Total Fabrications’, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (2008). Group shows include: ‘Dritto Rovescio’, La Triennale di Milano, Milan, (2009); ‘FUTURAMANILA’, Osage Gallery, Hong Kong (2008) and ‘Altered, Stitched, and Gathered,’ PS1, New York (2006). 

Frieze Projects 2009

Arte Contempo, Lisbon

Arte Contempo, Lisbon

Curators Filipa Oliveira and Miguel Amado presented a group of artists’ commissions that played on the transactional nature of the art fair. From the Arte Contempo stand, visitors were invited to engage in a number of activities that reversed or subverted the usual exchange of money for goods or services.

Wednesday 14 October: Carey Young signed a limited edition of Donorcard – a version of the wallet-sized British organ donor card.  Visitors were able to take a card for free but must countersign it in order for it to become art a status that will last only while both signatories are alive. 

Thursday 15 October: Julieta Aranda and Anton Vidokle presented Time Bank, a trading scheme that bypasses currency. The unit of Time Bank is an ‘hour note’ which can be used to swap goods and services with a worldwide network of participants. 

Friday 16 October: Brina Thurston’s Open Call consisted of an open submission offer to artists that were not included in the 2009 Frieze Art Fair.  All the submitted proposals were presented at the booth for one day only.

Saturday 17 October: DAYTODAY0 was the culmination of an ongoing project in which Carolina Caycedo trades personal possessions and services. At Frieze Art Fair, Caycedo is traded commemorative patches and books about the project.

Sunday 18 October: In The Review Fia Backström is worked with a voice coach and a group of art critics to assist these writers to mount a compelling performance of their review of the fair.

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In Hostess, Joana Bastos is taking on the persona and duties of a gallery assistant at the Arte Contempo booth for the duration of the fair.

Arte Contempo was located opposite gallery stand G1.

 

Frieze Projects 2009

Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius

Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius

Curators Kestutis Kuizinas and Simon Rees have commissioned artist Mindaugas Navakas to create Smash the Windows, Snatch the Crystals, made from window frames and panes recently removed from the CAC. The marriage of a monumental sculpture and material from a famous example of soviet modernist architecture was a playful reflection on ways that art forms, and memories, associated with history can be productively remade.

Accompanied by a panel discussion presented in the Frieze Talks programme, the CAC’s project for Frieze Art Fair was a reflection on monumentality in post-Soviet countries and how its significance differs from the role and meaning of the monument in the west. CAC’s talk, Memories, Monoliths, Monsters? took place at 12pm Sunday 18 October.

Smash the Windows, Snatch the Crystals, was located between gallery stands F21 and F22.

Frieze Projects 2009

Resonance 104.4fm

Resonance 104.4fm

London’s art radio station broadcast live from the fair. The Frieze Talks programme was broadcast alongside specially commissioned radio art projects and interviews with artists and art professionals around the fair. Fair visitors were able to watch the Resonance team at work and contribute to the debate. Listeners in the London area can tune in to Resonance on 104.4FM or online.

Frieze Projects 2008

Cory Arcangel

Cory Arcangel

Cory Arcangel, Golden Ticket (2008). Photo: Dominick Tyler

Cory Arcangel intervened in the fair’s gallery selection process. Arcangel hid a golden ticket inside one of hundreds of chocolate bars which were sent to all the galleries who were unsuccessful in their application to this year’s fair. Studiò di Giovanna Simonetta was the finder of the golden ticket and was allocated a stand at Frieze Art Fair 2008.

Cory Arcangel (b. 1978) is an American artist based in Brooklyn.


Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Variations on a Theme’, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg (2008); ‘Request for Comments’, Max Wigram Gallery, London (2007) and ‘A Couple Thousand Short Films About Glenn Gould’,  a book and touring project, Castlefield, Manchester, Spacex, Exeter, and Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland (2007-8). Recent group shows include ‘Color Chart’, The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2008); ‘Peer to Peer’, Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg; and ‘Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll since 1967’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2007).

Frieze Projects 2008

Pavel Büchler

Pavel Büchler

Pavel Büchler, Climate Change (2008)

Pavel Büchler delights in drawing attention to the obvious and his project was an expression of the metaphorical climate of the fair. Reinforcing the experience of dislocation from reality, his piece confounded the senses of visitors in the entrance corridor by playing sounds that represented the opposite of actual external weather conditions.

Pavel Büchler (b.1952) is a Czech-born artist, lecturer and occasional writer living in Manchester.

He has recently shown in ‘Whatever Happened to Social Democracy?’ (Rooseum, Malmö, 2005), ‘Off-Key’ (Kunsthalle Bern, 2005), 9th Istanbul Biennial (2005), ‘The Grand Promenade’ (National Museum of Modern Art, Athens, 2006), ‘ITCA 2008’ (National Gallery, Prague, 2008) and in solo exhibitions at Kunsthalle Bern (2006), Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2007), objectif/MuHKA, Antwerp (2007) and Max Wigram Gallery, London (2008). Forthcoming solo exhibitions include Frankfurter Kunstverein (2009), annex14, Bern (2009) and DOX, Prague (2010). A new monograph on his work, Absentmindedwindowgazing, was published in 2007 by Veenman Publishers, Rotterdam.

Frieze Projects 2008

Ceal Floyer

Ceal Floyer

Ceal Floyer, Stable (2008)

Ceal Floyer worked with one of the ubiquitous irritations of social life: the placing of a folded beer mat under a table leg to stabilize it.  In fact the idea of steadying an uneven surface was turned on its head and instead a situation of co-dependence was created, with all the legs of the table being balanced on beer mats and relying on each other to create ‘stability’.

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Ceal Floyer (b.1968) is an artist based in Berlin.

Recent solo exhibitions include: Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami (2008) and Museum of Contemporary Art Donnaregina, Naples (2008); and group shows include: ‘Color Chart’, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2008). She was the winner of the Preis der Nationalgalerie Fur Junge Kunst 2007, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2007).

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Frieze Projects 2008

Tue Greenfort

Tue Greenfort

Tue Greenfort, Condensation (2008)

Tue Greenfort excavated a chamber between gallery stands to present an installation that was both a space to relax and – literally – a distillation of the essence of visitors to the fair. While inside a darkened room filled with the sound of waves, dehumidification equipment imperceptibly extracted moisture from unsuspecting visitors.

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Tue Greenfort (b.1973) is a Danish artist working in Copenhagen and Berlin.

Recent solo exhibitions include: Fondazione Morra Grego Naples, Italy (2008); Secession, Vienna, Austria (2007); ‘Photosynthesis’, Witte de With, Rotterdam (2006) and ‘Betreten des Grundstücks erlaubt’, Kunstverein Arnsberg (2005). Group shows include: ‘Greenwashing’, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Turin, Italy (2008); Karriere Bar, Copenhagen, Denmark (2008); ‘Von Ort zu Ort. Lichtkunstwerke in Parks, Villen und Museen’, Winterthur, Switzerland (2007); ‘Kunstmaschinen Maschinenkunst’, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (2007) and ‚Still Life: Art, Ecology and the politics of change’,  Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah, UAE (2007).

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Frieze Projects 2008

Sharon Hayes

Sharon Hayes

Sharon Hayes, Unannounced (2008)

Sharon Hayes presented a performance that increased in intensity on each subsequent day of the fair. The performance was an exposure of the constitution of the fair’s audience and reflected notions of inclusivity, exclusivity and advantaged information.

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Sharon Hayes (b.1970) is an American artist working in New York.

Recent shows include: ‘In the Near Future’, Tanya Leighton, Berlin (2008); Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw (2008); The New Museum, New York (2007); Carpenter Center, Cambridge (2007); Documenta 12, Kassel (2007); Tate Modern, London (2007); Generali Foundation, Vienna (2007); P.S. 1/MoMA, New York (2006); MuMok, Vienna (2006); The Warhol Museum, Pittsburg (2006); PERFORMA05, New York (2005); Art in General, New York (2005). Upcoming shows include Tate Modern, London (2008); The Power Plant , Toronto (2008); YOKOHAMA Triennial, Yokohama (2008); Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, St. Gallen (2009).

Frieze Projects 2008

Jeppe Hein

Jeppe Hein

Jeppe Hein, Illusion (2008)

Jeppe Hein drew together the artificial construction of the fair with the natural surroundings of the park in an installation of subtly animated trees outside the entrance to the fair. Creating a visually unsettling illusion, the piece was also an encouragement to pause before the frenetic human activity inside the tent.

Jeppe Hein (b. 1974) is a Danish artist working in Copenhagen and Berlin.

Recent commissions include: Geo Centre, Møns Klint, Denmark (2008); Chiswick Park, London (2008) and ‘Private Rain’, Sculpture Pak Bodø, Norway (2005). Recent solo exhibitions include: ‘Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear’, Carré d’Art, Musée d’art contemporain de Nîmes (2007); ‘Distance’, The Curve, Barbican Centre, London (2007) and ‘Inbetween’, SCAI THE BAThHOUSE, Tokyo (2007). Group exhibition include: ‘Reconstruction # 3’, Sudeley Castle (2008); ‘The World As A Stage’, Tate Modern, London (2007) and ‘The Freak Show’, Musee d’art contemporain, Lyon (2007).

Frieze Projects 2008

Norma Jeane

Norma Jeane

Norma Jeane, The Straight Story (2008)

Norma Jeane, an artist who works outside the commercial gallery system, presented a performance that depended on audience participation. The piece was both a commentary on how the once-social activity of smoking has been transformed through regulation and legislation into something deeply-antisocial, and a presentation of the heightened discomfort required to indulge private pleasure in public space.

Norma Jeane (the artist) was born in Los Angeles when Marilyn Monroe (the movie star) died: in the night between August 4th and 5th, 1962. By taking possession of somebody else’s personal data, renouncing a specific gender, and creating a proliferation of personalities, NJ is an artist without a body, and therefore without a personal biography that extends beyond his/her artistic curriculum.

Recent shows and projects include: ‘Once Again, Again’, watch for the Swatch Club Artist Watch collection, Biel-Bien (2008), ‘Greenwashing’, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (2008), ‘00s’, 9th Lyon Biennial, Lyon (2007), ‘Young Italian Artists at the Turn of the Millennium’, Galleria Continua, Beijing (2006), ‘Rundlederwelten’, Martin-Gropius Bau, Berlin (2005), ‘Body Proxy’, Kunstverein, Freiburg (2005), Swiss Institute, New York (2005), Helmhaus, Zurich (2004), ‘Tempo’, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2002). Upcoming shows and events include Kunsthalle St. Gallen and La Friche Marseille.

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Frieze Projects 2008

Agnieszka Kurant

Agnieszka Kurant

Agnieszka Kurant, Ready Unmade (2008)

Agnieszka Kurant presented a trio of trained parrots that were taught to use an alternative language. Both a reflection on nature behaving unnaturally and a caricature of the zoo-like atmosphere of the art fair and the self-reflexive communication of the art world.  Referring to two similar but unrealized projects by other artists, Kurant questioned the notions of copyright and the marketplace.

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Agnieszka Kurant (b.1978) is a Polish artist based in Paris and Warsaw.

Recent solo shows and projects include: ‘Theory of Everything’, Museum of Modern Art, science picnic, Warsaw (2008); ‘The Unlimited Truth Company’, Coma, Berlin (2007);  ‘Snow Black’, Yvon Lambert, New York (2005), National Museum, Cracow (2007); and ‘Trailer Part 1’, Creative Time,Times Square, New York, collaboration with Charles de Meaux (2006); ‘L’exposition qui n’existe pas’, Mamco, Geneva (2006).
Group shows include: ‘East International’ (2009), Young Artists Biennial, Bucharest, Romania (2008); ‘Manual CC’, CAC Warsaw, Poland (2008); ‘God is Design’, Gallery Fortes Villaça, Sao Paulo, Brazil (2008) and ‘Invisible, Invincible, Curators without Borders’, Berlin, Germany (2007); ‘Code Unknown’, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2004).

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Frieze Projects 2008

Bert Rodriguez

Bert Rodriguez

Bert Rodriguez, Where You End and I Begin (2008)

Bert Rodriguez created a performance-based installation project consisting of a massage station located in a centralized, highly trafficked area of the fair. At certain times for the duration of the fair, the artist was available to perform a ten minute foot massage for any weary visitors walking through.

Bert Rodriguez (b.1975) is an American artist based in Miami.

Rodriguez graduated from New World School of the Arts BFA program in 1998.  He works in a variety of media including: film, video, photography, sculpture, installation and sound.  Recent projects include A Wall I Built With My Father and A Meal I Made With My Mother, two site-specific installations for Le Plateau, FRAC Ile de France Paris (2008); In the Beginning… for the Whitney Biennial New York (2008), and Advertising Works!, Fredric Snitzer Gallery Miami (2007).  Current projects include installing an oven in his apartment and training his dog, Wilson to be a gentleman.

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Frieze Projects 2008

Allen Ruppersberg

Allen Ruppersberg

Allen Ruppersberg, Placemats and Poems (2008)

Allen Ruppersberg followed in the tradition of the travelling bard by performing and selling poems at reduced prices during the time of the fair. Setting up an ad-hoc stall inside the Koenig bookstore, Ruppersberg brought some of the anti-commercialism of the beat era to the slick marketplace of the art fair.

Allen Ruppersberg (b.1944) is an American artist based in New York and Santa Monica.

Ruppersberg’s work is in numerous private collections and major museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.  His work was included in ‘The Last Picture Show: Artists Using Photography’ (2003-04) at the Walker Art Center and traveled to UCLA Hammer Museum, MARCO, Spain, the Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland, and Miami Art Central.  He is one of the artists in the upcoming Pompidou exhibition, ‘Los Angeles – Paris, 1955-1985’.

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Recent solo exhibitions include: ‘Selected Works’, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles (2008) and ‘The Singing Posters’, a touring exhibition whose venues included Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University; University Art Museum, Berkeley, CA; Jurgen Becker; Karin Guenther / Nina Borgmann Galleries, Hamburg (2004-06). Recent group exhibitions include: ‘ PAYDAY’, Greene Naftali Gallery, New York (2008); ‘Allan Kaprow—Art as Life’, The Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2007);  ‘Romantischer Konzeptualismus/Romantic Conceptualism’, Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Nürnberg, Germany (2007).

Frieze Projects 2008

Andreas Slominski

Andreas Slominski

Andreas Slominski, Untitled (2008)

Andreas Slominski furnished the fair with elements familiar from public spaces overseas but rare in the UK. Digital signage in various location inside the fair played with received notions of time and climate and disrupted expectations of trust in so-called official information.

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Andreas Slominski (b. 1959) ia a German artist working in Hamburg.

Recent solo shows have been held at Museum Boijmans, Rotterdam, Belgium (2007); the Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt (2007); and at the Serpentine Gallery, London (2005). He has contributed to numerous international group shows including ‘...5 minutes later’ at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, 2008.

Frieze Projects 2008

Kling & Bang

Kling & Bang

Sirkus, a bar in the scruffy downtown area of Reykjavik, was demolished this spring after serving for nine years as a living landmark and the hub of the city’s alternative arts scene. Kling & Bang, a gallery run by eight enthusiastic artists, not only helped the owner save the bar’s façade and interior, but also resolved to bring it to the UK and re-erect it at Frieze Art Fair. In an echo of the travelling circus invoked by the bar’s name, this place of celebration and creation moved town for a few short days.

Kling & Bang was set up five years ago and has since hosted and collaborated with a wealth of renowned international and Icelandic artists, consistently presenting challenging works of art. But like many downtown institutions, not least Sirkus, its life has always been on the brink, waiting for the day the bulldozers come. After months without a roof, Kling & Bang had to move into new temporary premises earlier this year.

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But change has come to be an accepted part of the Reykjavik art scene, and last summer Kling & Bang played on its transient existence by setting up temporary headquarters in Berlin. And now, instead of exhibiting in a white box, it is coming to London with its very own building, placing a Sirkus in the heart of the art fair. But ultimately what Kling & Bang will be bringing to Frieze is not simply a physical construction – an erstwhile façade gauchely painted with palm trees and a crumbling interior with its years of accumulated detritus – but the aura of the bar and the values it embodied. A programme of performances by artists, writers and musicians invited by Kling & Bang will take place inside Sirkus during the fair, bringing some of the character and atmosphere of the bar to the fair.

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Frieze Projects 2008

MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León

MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León

MUSAC opened on 1 April 2005 in the city of León, Spain, with the aim of providing the local community with a venue for contemporary art and of gaining a strong national and international reputation for its collection and public programmes. As a partner institution at Frieze Art Fair 2008, MUSAC challenged the traditional role of institutions at art fairs with the project Intangible Actions, curated by Agustín Pérez Rubio. Rather than acting as merely another agent at the fair, they opted to showcase Dora García’s invisible performance The Romeos; Carles Congost’s project Art Ringtones and Moments of Intensity, an action by Marc Vives + David Bestué. In addition, the space allocated to MUSAC at Frieze was used to distribute free copies of a special edition of FAKE magazine containing art works commissioned for the occasion.

Carles Congost, Art Ringtones

Carles Congost (Olot, 1970) has invented five artists from five regions with emerging art scenes (India, China, Serbia, Iran and Latin America) and composed a welcome ringtone for each, in reference to the warm welcome these regions have received from the international art market. Visitors were able to download the ringtones via Bluetooth at a designated point within the fair.

Dora García, The Romeos

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Dora García (Valladolid, 1965) based her project for Frieze on a historic event. A spy for the DDR in Western Germany during the Cold War years revealed in his memoirs that he had used attractive young male agents to seduce lonely female secretaries in Bonn as a means of accessing confidential information. In García’s project for Frieze Art Fair, young male actors established seemingly spontaneous contact with different types of fairgoers, from gallerists and curators to art students and artists. Visitors were made aware of the performances thanks to a large poster displayed at MUSAC’s stand, although the casual observer may never know the outcome of these encounters. García’s aim, however, was to generate a sense of permanent suspicion surrounding every chance meeting that happens at the fair.

Marc Vives + David Betsué, Moments of Intensity

Marc Vives (Barcelona, 1978) and David Betsué (Barcelona, 1980) proposed a series of 15 actions for Frieze Art Fair. Through these actions, the artists explored different forms of behaviour that arise in relation to the dynamics of the art fair. Thus, the fair’s exhibition space and functional facilities (toilets, rest areas, etc.) became the location for establishing a range of dialogues and metaphors for our everyday actions.

FAKE at Frieze

Free copies of a special issue of FAKE magazine, guest edited by Tolo Cañellas, were circulated from the MUSAC stand. As well as containing specially commissioned art works, the project was an extension of the FAKE installation at the MUSAC Showcases, on display in León from September 2008 to January 2009.

Frieze Projects 2003

Pawel Althamer

Pawel Althamer

Recent exhibitions include 50th Venice Biennale, and solo shows at Kunstverein Düsseldorf and neugerrimschnieder, Berlin. In 2004 he participated in the Carnegie International, Pittsburgh.

Frieze Projects 2003

Johanna Billing

Johanna Billing

Johanna Billing (born 1973) is an artist who lives and works in Stockholm. Billing works mainly with video and music through the label Make it happen. Recent exhibitions include: the first Prague Biennale; 50th Venice Biennale; the 4th Gwangju Biennale; ‘Vinyl Sky’ at Galleri Intro, Vilnius and ‘Baltic Babel’ at Rooseum, Malmö. Billing participated in the video series ‘It is hard to touch the real’ at Kunstverein München.

NIFCA was the co-commissioner of Johanna Billing’s project You Don’t Love Me Yet (2002-4). NIFCA supported the development of the You Don’t Love Me Yet tour and the presentation of the project at Frieze Art Fair in collaboration with Index and Frieze Foundation.

Frieze Projects 2003

Monica Bonvicini

Monica Bonvicini

Monica Bonvicini is an artist who lives and works in Berlin. She has had solo shows at Modern Art Oxford; Vienna Secession; Tramway, Glasgow; Emi Fontana Gallery, Milan; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Chouakri Brahms, Berlin; The Project Gallery, Los Angeles; Salzburger Kunstverein; De Appel Foundation, Amsterdam and Anton Kern, New York. Awards: Golden Lion, 48th Venice Biennale, 1999, and Paul Caussierer Award, Berlin, 1998.

Frieze Projects 2003

Jeremy Deller

Jeremy Deller

Jeremy Deller is an artist loosely based in London. He shows with Art Concept, Paris; Gavin Brown, New York and the Modern Institute, Glasgow.

Frieze Projects 2003

gelatin

gelatin

Exhibitions include: Liverpool Biennale; 49th Venice Biennale; Gwangju Biennale; Shanghai Biennale; EXPO 2000, Hanover; PS1, New York; Galerie Emanuel Perrotin, Paris; Ars Futura, Zürich; Leo Koenig Inc., New York; Galerie Meyer-Kainer, Vienna; Galeria Massimo de Carlo, Milan. Recent and upcoming shows: Arc de Triomphe, Rupertinum, Salzburg; ‘At Your Own Risk’, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt; ‘gelatin institut’, Leo Koenig Inc., New York; Galleria Massimo de Carlo, Milan.

Frieze Projects 2003

Liam Gillick

Liam Gillick

Gillick has established a reputation for his interest in the grey areas where architecture, design and art intersect. For Great Portland Street, Gillick produced a series of related posters featuring simple typography, strong pattern and single colours. The work made use of transcripts from non-specific television advertising – placing the structure of one communication medium into another. The structure of the message overwhelms the product and we are left to reflect on the potential of narrative and presentation.

Liam Gillick (born 1964) is an artist who lives and works in London and New York. Exhibitions include: documenta X, 1997; ‘What If’, Moderna Museet, 2000; ‘The Wood Way’, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, 2002; 50th Venice Biennale, 2003; ‘Exterior Days’, Casey Kaplan, New York, 2003 and ‘Communes, bars and greenrooms’, Powerplant, Toronto, 2003. Books include Erasmus is Late, (Book Works, London 1995); Discussion Island/Big Conference Centre (Derry/Ludwigsburg, 1997) and Five or Six (Lukas & Sternberg, New York, 1999). Gillick has also been teaching at Columbia University, New York, since 1997.

Frieze Projects 2003

Erik van Lieshout

Erik van Lieshout

Erik van Lieshout is an artist who lives and works in Rotterdam. Recent exhibitions include: 50th Venice Biennale; Kunstverein Düsseldorf; Museum Boymans van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Stella Lohaus Gallery, Antwerp; Fons Welters, Amsterdam; Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna; Haags Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; BüroFriedrich, Berlin, and Groningen Museum, Groningen.

Frieze Projects 2003

Paola Pivi

Paola Pivi

Paola Pivi is an artist who lives in London and Alicudi, Italy. Recent exhibitions include: 50th Venice Biennial; ‘Signatures of The Invisible’, PS1 Moma, New York; a collaboration with CERN (European Laboratory for Particle Physics, Geneva), curated by The London Institute and Antoine Guerrero. Most recent solo show: Wrong Gallery, New York, 2003

Frieze Projects 2003

Klaus Weber

Klaus Weber

Recent projects include ‘Demo Inverse’ as part of ‘Violence is at the margin of all things’ organised by the Generali Foundation, Vienna, and other interventions into the urban and social fabric of Berlin and Los Angeles. Past exhibitions include solo shows at Cubitt, London, and Andrew Kreps, New York.

Frieze Projects 2003

Erwin Wurm

Erwin Wurm

Erwin Wurm (born 1954) is an artist who lives and works in Vienna. He is represented by Gallery Krinzinger, Vienna; Gallery Anne de Villepoix, Paris, and Gallery Ars Futura, Zurich. Recent solo shows include: ZKM, Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe; ‘European Dream’, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Col San Angel, Mexico City; ‘Fat Survival – Handlungsformen der Skulptur’, Neue Galerie Graz am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz; ‘Erwin Wurm’, Centre National de la Photographie, Paris; ‘Fat car’, Palais de Tokyo, Paris; ‘Erwin Wurm’, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna, and ‘Sculptures with embarrassment’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Kiasma, StudioK, Helsinki.

Frieze Projects 2004

Adam Chodzko

Adam Chodzko

Working directly with the people and places that surround him, collectively imagining alternative relationships, Chodzko focuses on culture’s edges, endings and disappearances, creating assemblies of owners of a particular jacket and a reunion of the children ‘murdered’ in a Pasolini film; a god look-alike contest; lighting technicians asked to advise on the light in heaven;  a London gallery’s archive given to a group of Kurdish asylum seekers to edit and hide outside the capital; and most recently the multi-faceted ‘Design for a Carnival,’ a ritual event for the future.

Adam Chodzko is a British artist based in Whitstable. Recent solo exhibitions include Els Hanappe Underground, Athens and Carlier Gebauer, Berlin. Recent projects include Settlement (a video and legal contract), commissioned by Contemporary Art Society, where Chodzko bought a square foot of land in the centre of London and gave it as a gift to a stranger. Others include a major project to make a dress for a wind turbine, in collaboration with fashion designer, Jonathon Saunders (and organised by General Public Agency), as well as participation in shows at PS1, and the Kunstmuseum Luzerne.

Frieze Projects 2004

Annika Eriksson

Annika Eriksson

Recent shows include ‘Arbeitswelt’, Kunstverein München, 2003, ‘Spectakular’, Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf, 2003, ‘Berlin-North’, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, 2004, ‘Socle du Monde’, Herning Kunstmuseum, Herning, Denmark, 2004, and ‘Sparwasser at Platform’, Platform, Istanbul, 2004. Upcoming projects include the production of an artist’s book with Revolver, Frankfurt, and solo shows at DAAD Gallery in Berlin and Galeria Vermhelio, Sao Paulo.

Frieze Projects 2004

Emma Kay

Emma Kay

Solo exhibitions include the Approach Gallery in 1998 and 2002, Chisenhale Gallery in 2001, and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, in 2001. Group exhibitions include ‘Micro/Macro:British Art 1996-2002’, Muscarnok Kunsthalle, Budapest, 2003, the Biennale of Sydney, 2002, ‘ARS 01’, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, 2001, ‘British Art Show 2000’, Istanbul Biennale, 1999, and ‘Abracadabra’, Tate Gallery, London, 2000. Kay’s book Worldview is published by Bookworks, London, 1999. Kay’s digital animation The Story of Art is currently on display at Tate Modern in London.

Frieze Projects 2004

Los Super Elegantes & vivid astro focus

Los Super Elegantes & vivid astro focus

‘Make it With You: A Slow Dance Club’ was a mini club positioned in a central fair location offering alternative human interaction with dancing and performances by Los Super Elegantes. The set was designed by assume vivid astro focus and Los Super Elegantes. The ‘Slow Dance Club’ provided an environment distinctive from the typical competitive and commercial pace of traditional art fairs. The audience were invited to immerse themselves in a total artwork—to converse, watch and slow dance to a different rhythm.

The music they compose integrates different genres and fetishized pop sounds. Taking singing harmonies of the beach boys, metal guitar solos, and mixing this with a dirty house beats, or other combinations depending on the theme of a certain song.  Working in a way that is similar to collage. The lyrical writing is spontaneous, improvised and minimally edited, relying on the actual song to inspire the words that will pertain to it. Their performances are either with a full band or by themselves lipsynching to pre-recorded tracks. Their musical plays sample text from different movies and other sources, creating a new narrative for the performance, dealing with language similar to the writing of a song.

Born in Mexico and Argentina respectively, Los Super Elegantes both now live and work in Los Angeles. Working as musicians, playwrights and visual artists they exhibited at the Whitney Biennial 2004, New York, Peres Projects, Los Angeles, 2003, and Deitch Projects, New York, 2003.

Frieze Projects 2004

Aleksandra Mir

Aleksandra Mir

Recent shows include Terminal 5, JFK Airport, New York; the Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool; ‘Power, Corruption and Lies’, Roth Horowitz, New York; Art Statements - Art / 35 / Basel, Basel; ‘California Earthquakes’, Daniel Reich Gallery, New York; ‘Socle du Monde’, Herning Kunstmusem, Herning; ‘Nuclear War’, Kunsthaus Dresden, Dresden and ‘Localismos’, Perros Negros, Mexico City.

Frieze Projects 2004

Roman Ondák

Roman Ondák

Recent shows include ‘Spirit and Opportunity’, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne (solo, cat.); ‘Talker’, gb agency, Paris (solo), ‘Socle du Monde 04’, Herning Kunstmuseum, Herning; ‘That bodies speak has been known for a long time’, Generali Foundation, Vienna; ‘Utopia Station’, 50th Venice Biennial, Venice; ‘Durchzug/Draft’, Kunsthalle Zürich; ‘I promise it’s political’, Ludwig Museum, Cologne, Manifesta 3, Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana and ‘After the Wall’, Moderna Museet, Stockholm.

Frieze Projects 2004

Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan

Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan

Recent solo exhibitions include ‘That is the way, it is, it is, that is’, Sutton Lane, London, 2004, and ‘Think Thingamajig and Other Things’, Kunsthaus Glarus, Switzerland, 2003.  Recent group exhibitions include ‘Ain’t no love in the heart of the city’, Cardiff, 2004, and Zenomap, Venice Biennale, 2003.

Frieze Projects 2004

Pae White

Pae White

Recent solo exhibition venues include UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne; galleria francesca kaufmann, Milan; the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand; the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; greengrassi, London and 1301PE, Los Angeles.

Group exhibitions include ‘A Secret History of Clay from Gauguin to Gormley’, organised by Tate Liverpool; ‘The Americans: New Art’, organised by the Barbican Art Centre in London and ‘Made in California: Art, Image, and Identity, 1900-2000’, organised by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. 

Articles on her work have appeared in frieze, Tema Celeste, Contemporary, Art Monthly and Artforum, among others. In addition she has designed publications and advertisements for a number of museums, galleries and magazines.

Frieze Projects 2005

Richard Wentworth

If London Looked in the Mirror

‘When is a Londoner not a Londoner? When does a long-term visitor become a Londoner? What makes people into Londoners? What must you know to be a Londoner? How long does it last?’

Richard Wentworth, London, June 2005

If London Looked in the Mirror (2005), by Richard Wentworth, was a print project distributed on the London Underground network. The work prompts a consideration of how London has evolved and proposes a scheme for re-acquainting Londoners with their city. The naming (and renaming) of London’s parts has a contradictory history. Through a rearrangement of names on a rethought map of the city and a proposal for twinning its many boroughs, destinations, villages and landmarks, Wentworth’s project aims to ensure that London’s inhabitants become thoroughly familiarized with places previously unknown to them.

To accompany If London Looked in the Mirror, Wentworth was commissioned to devise a unique tour originating at Frieze Art Fair, winding its way out into the local environs of Regent’s Park and beyond. Wentworth offered commentary on the immediate surroundings and expanded on ideas proposed in If London Looked in the Mirror.

If London Looked in the Mirror was commissioned by London Underground’s Platform for Art and Frieze Projects. The tour was accessible to the art fair audience and took place on Friday 21 – Sunday 23 October at 2pm. Access to the tours was included in the Frieze Art Fair admission ticket.

Richard Wentworth (b.1947) is a British artist based in London. Wentworth has a prolific history of international exhibitions, recent solo shows include Tate Liverpool (2005) Glad that things don’t talk, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2003) and An Area of Outstanding Unnatural Beauty, produced by Artangel, London (2002). Wentworth has been included in such seminal shows as ‘Material Culture: The Object in British Art of the 1980s and 1990s’, Hayward Gallery, London (1997) and ‘Blast to Freeze – British Art in the 20th century’, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg (2002).

Frieze Projects 2005

Donald Urquhart

L’Entr’acte

‘L’Entr’acte takes place entirely backstage in a theatre. The curtain has just come down on Act One of a play (a dream ballet scene), and the cast are leaving the stage for their dressing rooms. One ballerina is in agony and some stagehands rush to assist her. An actress strides off-stage seething, seemingly outraged. Another breaks down in tears. The cast and crew busy themselves with preparations for Act Two. Make-up, costume and scenery changes take place; people drink, gossip, repair costumes, helping each other to dress. It seems as though no one will be ready in time…

... The backstage area appears to be an infinite warren of long, narrow corridors and stairwells. Visual motifs repeat and resonate: rows or ropes, water pipes, banisters, needles and thread, underlined passages of script, make-up brushes and pencils, shoes. The set is crammed with signage… Backstage movies all somehow have a similar look, from All About Eve through Opening Night and A Chorus Line. This film has the atmosphere of a damp, clammy, claustrophobic dream and should look considerably more sinister.’

Donald Urquhart, London, June 2005

Donald Urquhart was invited to make a short film that premiered at the fair in The Artists Cinema. L’Entr’acte (2005) is shot in black and white on high-definition video and features an original screenplay and sets created by Urquhart as well as a cast and crew assembled from a glamorous assortment of friends and associates.

Donad Urquhart’s L’Entr’acte was screened twice daily during the fair in The Artists Cinema and was accessible to art fair visitors. For a full programme and listings please download a copy of The Artists Cinema publication from The Artists Cinema page.

Donald Urquhart (b. 1963) is a Scottish artist based in London. Recent shows include I Still Believe in Miracles, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2005), Wolfgang Tillmans Presents, Portikus, Frankfurt and Noel Noir, The Horse Hospital, London, commissioned by Artangel (2003). In 2005 Urquhart was shortlisted for Becks Futures, at the ICA.

Frieze Projects 2005

Martha Rosler

Martha Rosler

surface/support

‘An enterprise on the scale of the art fair, in operation for a short while in a public park, requires a great effort of production, construction, support and maintenance. Martha Rosler provides a look at some of the processes and services – whether celebrated, taken for granted or ignored – that all would acknowledge are critical to the successful execution of the fair and the comfort and happiness of exhibitors, guests and attendees.’

Martha Rosler, New York, June 2005

Martha Rosler works in video, photo-text, installation and performance, and writes criticism. Her work addresses the mythologies of everyday life and the public sphere, as well as the construction of space. Major projects have centred on war; cooking, housing and domesticity; and airports, roads and subways.

Rosler was invited to make a project at the fair responding to the idea of the tour format. She chose to focus on the support structures that make the site workable, behind the scenes and in plain view – the cafés, toilets and cloakrooms, and the site construction, security system and park maintenance … as well as the people who work there.

Martha Rosler’s tour was accessible to art fair visitors and took place on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October at 12.30pm. Access to the tours was included in the Frieze Art Fair admission ticket.

Martha Rosler is an American artist based in New York. Rosler has a prolific history of international exhibitions. Her work has been included in the Venice Biennale (2003), Liverpool Biennial (2004), Taipei Biennial (2004), several Whitney Biennials, and Documenta in Kassel, Germany (1981), as well as numerous major survey shows, including ‘Open Systems’ at Tate Modern (2004). The first major retrospective of her work was shown in five European cities and two museums in New York (1998-2000). In 2005 Rosler presented a reworking of her iconic installation and performance work Garage Sale at the ICA, London.

Frieze Projects 2005

Matthieu Laurette

Matthieu Laurette presents WHAT DO THEY WEAR AT FRIEZE ART FAIR?
21–24 October 2005
Daily guided tours of Frieze Art Fair led by international fashion experts

Matthieu Laurette was invited to make a project at the fair responding to the idea of the tour format. Laurette asked a selection of the world’s leading fashion experts to conduct tours of Frieze Art Fair. Instead of commenting on the art works on display, the experts focused on the visitors and their fashion styles. The experts became both guides and performers; their distinct personalities and abilities created a special atmosphere through fashion’s highly specific vocabulary and a sense of occasion that shapes the artistic vision of the artwork.

The fashion experts included Peter Saville, Isabella Blow, Bay Garnett and Kira Jolliffe.

Laurette’s daily tours led by international fashion experts were accessible to art fair visitors and took place on Friday 21– Monday 24 October at 3.00pm. Access to the tours was included in the Frieze Art Fair admission ticket.

Matthieu Laurette (b.1970) is a French artist based in Paris. Recent exhibitions and projects include Populism, CAC, Vilnius, Lithuania; Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands and National Museum, Oslo, Norway (2005), Déjà vu, The 7th International Look-alike Convention at Dia Art Foundation’s Fall Gala, New York (2004), ‘GNS (GLOBAL NAVIGATION SYSTEM)’, Palais de Tokyo, Paris and ‘Publicness’, ICA, London (both 2003). Laurette also participated in the 49th Venice Biennale curated by Harald Szeemann (2001). In 2003 Matthieu was awarded the Ricard S.A. Award for the most innovative artist under 40 years in France.

Frieze Projects 2005

Roger Hiorns

Roger Hiorns

Roger Hiorns, Fleet St, 2005, Black and white photograph Courtesy Corvi-Mora

BENIGN

‘The simple act of a group against an individual and the realization of ignored prayer. Leave them with an empty reliance on a benign ceremony and a benign belief.
A film of a play and a song.
2005’

Roger Hiorns, London, June 2005

Roger Hiorns was invited to make a short film that premiered at the fair in The Artists Cinema. Hiorns took the opportunity to develop his sculptural work in a new direction, choosing to focus here on the simple narrative potential of the time-based medium of film. Crafted to a modest degree and as self-sufficient as possible, BENIGN (2005) is minimally shot and features a play written by Hiorns, which a single actor delivers as a monologue directly to the camera.

Circling around a central narrative conceit, the work draws on intimation and description to present a collective who perform a pointless symbolic act. The passive subjects have absorbed the idea of progress to such a degree of pacified banality that they cease to comprehend any notion of challenge or disruption. The piece explores ideas of ceremony, consumption, design, acceptance and criticality.

BENIGN was screened twice daily during the fair in The Artists Cinema and was accessible to all art fair visitors. For a full programme and listings please download a copy of The Artists Cinema publication from The Artists Cinema page.

Roger Hiorns (b.1975) is a British artist based in London. Recent solo shows include ‘Art Now’, Tate Britain, London and UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (both 2003). Forthcoming projects include a solo exhibition at Milton Keynes Gallery (2006). Hiorns is participating in ‘The British Art Show 6’ opening at Baltic, Gateshead in September and then touring to Manchester, Nottingham and Bristol.

Frieze Projects 2005

Henrik Håkansson

Henrik Håkansson

Henrik Håkansson, Tiergarten, May 12, 2002 (Luscinia megarhynchos), (detail), 2002, Video still Courtesy The Modern Institute / Toby Webster Ltd and Galleria Franco Noero

Birdconcert Oct. 23, 2005 (Carduelis carduelis) Part 1

‘A set to consist of a single bird performing its natural voice live onstage. The full set is with audience and 16mm film production focusing on the bird’s performance and the full aspect of the surroundings. The set should be open to the public at a venue directed toward musical performances.’

Henrik Håkansson, London, July 2005

Håkansson used the distinct cultural environment of the fair to facilitate the production of an off-site event, while also employing the format of performance and the scenario of filmmaking. A concert hall more regularly used for classical recitals was the site of a solo performance of a bird. In this synthetic environment a native British songbird became a fragile, exotic spectacle. The observation of nature results in the production of culture. The audience themselves became players and, in turn, the process of art-making became the subject of the piece. All Frieze Art Fair visitors were invited to take part. The performance was recorded and will be produced after the event as a film work.

The concert took place at 7.30pm on Sunday 23 October at the Royal Academy of Music, London, and was open to all holders of Frieze Art Fair admission tickets. The Royal Academy of Music is on Marylebone Road, a short walk from Frieze Art Fair in the direction of Baker Street, near Madame Tussauds.

Henrik Håkansson (b.1968) is a Swedish artist based in Berlin and London. Håkansson has a prolific history of exhibitions, recent solo shows include The Dunker Culture Centre, Helsinborg (2004) and Bonner Kunstverein (2003). In 2004 he participated in the Sao Paulo Biennale and in ‘Utopia Station’ at the 50th Venice Biennale (2003). In September 2005 Håkansson participates in the Lyon Biennale. Birdconcert Oct. 23, 2005 (Carduelis carduelis) Part 1was Håkansson’s first project in London since 2000.

Frieze Projects 2005

Jay Chung and Q Takeki Maeda

Jay Chung and Q Takeki Maeda

Jay Chung and Q Takeki Maeda, The Beatles in My Life, 16 April 2005

The Nickel Tour

‘Tour guides will ask for attention and a certain degree of docility, but they also allow for passivity, graciously leaving one to rest easy in the security of a predetermined course. Given the opportunity to indulge in abstraction, one might drift off to find the personification of one’s interests and motivations in such a guide. Certainly the idea of this figure – a version of which one is more or less discreetly following at all times in one’s life, otherwise nothing would get done at all – becomes more distinct at times; yet it never becomes so concrete that it stops being an apparition. One isn’t being so much led as projecting something ahead of oneself to follow. Who does it resemble? How and in which direction does it move?

At the outset, nothing, apathy. But ambivalence should be taken as a blessing; with nothing to resist against anything, one is free to plunge whole-heartedly into whatever might come one’s way, substituting a benign good-naturedness for anomie. So we propose a tour with no information, something that could be filled with … something that would play out the continual exchange of one interest for another, perhaps even evince a faint delight in interest per se. Who would be leading such a tour, and why would one be taking it?’

Jay Chung and Q Takeki Maeda

Jay Chung and Q Takeki Maeda’s tour took place on Monday 24 October at 4pm.

Jay Chung (b.1976) was born in America; Q Takeki Maeda (b.1977) was born in Japan. Both artists currently live and work in Berlin. Chung & Maeda have recently shown in the first Moscow Biennale (2005). They also participated in ‘Utopia Station’, Haus der Kunst, Munich (2004) and ‘The Object Sculpture’, at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds (2002).

Frieze Projects 2005

Michael Beutler

Michael Beutler

Michael Beutler, central avenue, 2005, Installation view, Bonner Kunstverein / Neue Kunsthalle St Gallen Courtesy Galerie Michael Neff

Michael Beutler’s expansive sculptures are usually created on-site in relation to given architectural arrangements. In an idiosyncratic experimental process Beutler employs conventional building materials to question standardization, using DIY strategies and creating machines that facilitate the construction of the piece.

At Frieze Art Fair 2005 Beutler presented next to center (2005), a site-specific sculptural installation that responded to the ordered formality of the fair’s internal grid. Beutler constructed a social space that made use of lo-fi resources found in and around the fair environs. Treating the peculiar architectural conditions of the fair as his own workshop, Beutler explored alternative ways of inhabiting this very particular landscape, resulting in a playful interrogation of form and function, private and public space.

Michael Beutler was born in Oldenburg in 1976; he lives and works in Berlin. Since graduating from the Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main, in 2001 Beutler has established a prolific history of exhibitions - most recently participating in the Gotebörg Biennal; ‘The Bench’ at the Bonner Kunstverein / Kunsthalle St Gallen and the Moscow Biennal (all 2005). Beutler has had solo shows at Frankfurt Kunstverein (2004); Kunstvereins Oldenburg / Heilbronn / Braunschweig / Solothurn (2004) and Vienna Secession (2002). This will be Beutler’s first presentation of a major public work in the UK.

Frieze Projects 2007

Richard Prince

Richard Prince

Richard Prince
Untitled (Original)

‘I was thinking about one more car. I’d found a ’69 Charger, a kind of sister to the Challenger. The one I’d found had just 9,000 miles on the clock. The tyre size, scribbled in yellow crayon at the assembly line, was still inside the trunk lid. Next to the size was another note, scrawled in the same yellow crayon, probably by the same worker: “Pavement pachyderms reign in the asphalt jungle.” Weird. I looked up “pachyderm” in the dictionary. Odd. It said: “Any thick-skinned, non-ruminant mammal, especially the rhino.”’
Richard Prince, Richard Prince, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, 1988

Richard Prince presented a unique installation intended as simultaneously critical and laudatory of the art of commerce, offering the ultimate vehicle in which to pursue the combined fantasies of upward and lateral mobility. Road to nowhere or stairway to heaven, Prince’s restless invocation of travel is equal parts pulp fiction sculpture and glorified assembly-line product.

Much of Prince’s work draws on automotive culture and American abstraction. Recently, he has begun to re-attach his painted car hoods to the formal structures of the chassis from which they were originally taken. The resulting sculptures speak the language of painting in the form of the car. Prince’s readymade for Frieze Commissions draws this process to its logical conclusion, resulting in a work that challenges our preconceptions about art fairs, and proving that what you see is not necessarily what you get.

Richard Prince (b.1949) is an American artist based in upstate New York, with a host of international exhibitions to his name. Recent solo projects include the major exhibition ‘Richard Prince: Canaries in the Coal Mine’, Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo, Norway (2006). Recent group exhibitions include: ‘In the darkest hour there may be light’, Serpentine Gallery, London; ‘Magritte and Contemporary Art: The Treachery of Images’, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (both 2006) and ‘Faces in the Crowd: Picturing Modern Life from Manet to Today’, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2005). Prince recently opened his solo retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum, New York.

Frieze Projects 2007

Elín Hansdóttir

Elín Hansdóttir

Elín Hansdóttir
Peripheral

‘The space is lit up with white light, which consists of red, green and blue light in equal parts. The idea of the project is to introduce an element of surprise, to alter people’s expectations of this apparently ordinary space by way of the multi-coloured shadows that appear when you move through it. I’m interested in the act of paying attention, in the moment when the mind takes possession, as William James defined it in The Principles of Psychology (1890), of “several simultaneously possible trains of thought”. There is a connection between action and perception – perception is a creative receptivity.’
Elín Hansdóttir, June 2007

Elín Hansdóttir’s architectural interventions turn traditional spaces of display and social interaction into sensorial environments that challenge the viewer’s expectations and perceptions. Her lyrical, site-specific installations, which are often barely perceptible, frame the nebulous space of engagement between the work and the spectator, and demonstrate Hansdóttir’s belief that art doesn’t exist without the viewer.

Hansdóttir presented a light installation that transformed the entrance to the fair. The neutral white light with which artworks are customarily illuminated was broken into its spectral elements and this simple passageway lent the form of a modern-day Plato’s cave.

Elín Hansdóttir (b.1980) is an Icelandic artist based in Reykjavik. Recent solo exhibitions include: ‘Taking Time’, Sequences Realtime Festival, Reykjavik; ‘Book Space’, Jugendbibliothek Zeisehalle, Hamburg (both 2006) and ‘Untitled (Nafnlaust)’, Reykjavik Arts Festival’ (2005). Recent group exhibitions include: ‘Between The Two Deaths’, ZKM Karlsruhe (2007) and ‘New Icelandic Art II’, National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik (2005).

Frieze Projects 2007

Kris Martin

Kris Martin

Kris Martin
Mandi XVI

‘One minute to read:
Fifty-nine, fifty-eight, fifty-seven, fifty-six, fifty-five, fifty-four, fifty-three, fifty-two, fifty-one, fifty, forty-nine, forty-eight, forty-seven, forty-six, forty-
five, forty-four, forty-three, forty-two, forty-one, forty, thirty-nine, thirtyeight, thirty-seven, thirty-six, thirty-five, thirty-four, thirty-three, thirtytwo, thirty-one, thirty, twenty-nine, twenty-eight, twenty-seven, twentysix, twenty-five, twenty-four, twenty-three, twenty-two, twenty-one,
twenty, nineteen, eighteen, seventeen, sixteen, fifteen, fourteen, thirteen, twelve, eleven, ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one, zero.
One minute of silence for no reason. For nobody. For nothing. Just one minute for yourself. One minute to gain or to lose, to spill or to use. Up to you.’

Kris Martin, June 2007

Kris Martin’s appeal to maintain a minute’s silence during the fair was an act that engaged every visitor and participant. Unspecified as to who or what it commemorated, this universal gesture aimed to induce the audience to embrace a moment of reflection, succeeding in temporarily stilling the wheels of commerce.

Morbid and absurd, Martin’s works describe the form of particular kinds of possibility, the outcomes of which are always uncertain. Like Mandi III (2003), a departure board whose everchanging black plates promise information they never deliver, or 100 years (2004), a bomb set to explode in 2104, Martin’s time-based sculpture is simultaneously tangible and unknowable.

Kris Martin (b.1972) is a Belgian artist based in Ghent. Martin has recently participated in the group exhibitions ‘Some Time Waiting’, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris; ‘Learn to Read’, Tate Modern, London (both 2007); and ‘Of Mice and Men: 4th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art’ (2006).

Frieze Projects 2007

Gianni Motti

Gianni Motti

Gianni Motti
Pre-emptive Act

‘The threat of terrorism, physical or psychological, has given rise to a collective stress in society. Even the police are affected and this particular stress is referred to as the “Police Paradox”.’
Gianni Motti, July 2007

Working within the varied arenas of sport, finance, media, international politics, parapsychology, and now, an art fair, Gianni Motti sets out to put himself, as he defines it, ‘in the wrong place at the right time’. Previously, he has hijacked a busload of Japanese tourists and taken them to an art opening, organized a national telepathy event in Bogotá urging President Ernesto Samper to resign, and seated himself in the VIP box of the French Open tennis tournament with a bag over his head, in a curious evocation of the images from Abu Ghraib. Without ever sermonizing, Motti’s improbable actions contain lessons about the freedoms we take for granted.

Continuing his examination of institutions of authority and issues of security, both perceived and real, Motti engaged the security presence at the fair, not in a demonstration of force, as one might expect, but in the act of maintaining inner peace though the practice of yoga. In our times of proliferating terrorism and great national and personal insecurity, Motti presents a humanist response to these circumstances with an image of calm.

Gianni Motti (b.1958) is an artist based in Geneva. Recent solo exhibitions include: La Salle de Bains, Lyon (2007); ‘Vidéoclub #5’, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2005) and Centre pour l’Image Contemporaine, Geneva (2003). Recent group exhibitions include: ‘Defamation of Character’, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York (2006); and the Swiss Pavilion at the 51st Venice Biennale (2005).

Frieze Projects 2007

Lara Favaretto

Lara Favaretto

Lara Favaretto
Project for Some Hallucinations

‘It is not important to know whether the Queen will come to the fair or not because, once the news of my inviting her spreads, the image of her visit will already be implanted in people’s minds. It is like when one listens to the relating of an idea that is so powerful it ultimately does not matter if it is ever realized, since there is already enough substance by which to visualize it. I imagine this to be like living surrounded by the empty set of a show, from which the main character is missing, when the end of the show is announced by an unexpected applause thanking all the participants.’
Lara Favaretto, July 2007

The playful, celebratory visual language employed by Lara Favaretto in her sculptures, installations and performances is often wilfully undercut by a simultaneous resignation to failure. Whether inviting a group of friends to try and make a donkey fly, or borrowing and suspending in mid-air a caravan belonging to a community of gypsies, the artist’s enigmatic choreographies gesture towards a theatre of the absurd.

Favaretto drew on the spectacle of the fair to give concrete form to an empty or unfulfilled dream. By inviting Her Majesty the Queen to attend the event and having prepared for the necessary ceremony her attendance would involve, Favaretto encouraged visitors to see the fair as a stage for drama and expectation. With the knowledge of the Queen’s declination, the fantasy is dispersed but the intervention that concluded each day prolonged a sense of occasion, acknowledging and celebrating the reality of the fair itself.

Lara Favaretto (b.1973) is an Italian artist based in Turin. Favaretto has had solo exhibitions at the Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, Turin (2005) and at the Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, Bergamo (2002). Recent group exhibitions include: ‘Une seconde une année’ (One Second, One Year), Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2006); ‘Ecstasy: Recent Experiments in Altered Perception’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and the Venetian Pavilion, 51st Venice Biennale (both 2005).

Frieze Projects 2007

Janice Kerbel

Janice Kerbel

Janice Kerbel
Remarkable

‘Remarkable is a print-based work that announces the achievements of a range of extraordinary beings imagined in response to the context of the fair. In the tradition of printed broadsides and fairground ephemera Remarkable employs hyperbolic language and un-illustrated texts to conjure these unique individuals. Produced to be distributed daily throughout the fair, the work acts to alert visitors to the potential presence of these anomalous attractions.’
Janice Kerbel, July 2007

Remarkable is a continuation of Janice Kerbel’s fascination with deception in all its forms, the outcomes of which range from plausible but impractical plans for a bank heist to a cheat’s pack of playing cards and a town designed specifically for ghosts.

The artist’s understanding of the visual codes that surround these activities allow her work to exist in its own reality, between thought and action, where suggestion and expectation flourish. Kerbel’s print project took 19th-century fairground posters as its inspiration, heralding the arrival of a series of remarkable characters. Building on her interest in predicting events, each print evoked a figure created in response to a specific detail relating to the fair.

Janice Kerbel (b.1969) is a Canadian artist based in London. Recent solo exhibitions include: ‘1st at Moderna’, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, and ‘Deadstar’, Locus +, Newcastle (both 2006). Recent group exhibitions include: the Montreal Biennial, Canada (2007); ‘Around the World in 80 Days’, South London Gallery (2006); and the British Art Show 6, BALTIC, Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle and touring (2005).

Frieze Projects 2007

Frankfurter Kunstverein

Frankfurter Kunstverein

Frankfurter Kunstverein
A Delicious Feeling of Confidence


‘Operating within the context of the fair, this project aims to address the notions of “trust” and “pleasure” in relation to contemporary art production today. Within our entertainment-driven society, art fairs constitute what we might call a “pleasure zone”: can they also provide a legitimate arena in which the spectator can not only view art but also reflect on contemporary culture today?

Frankfurter Kunstverein’s specially commissioned “space unit” by artist Tobias Putrih offers viewers the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the mission of the organisation: to promote curiosity about, and foster trust in, artistic practices that fall a little outside the territory of the commonsensical. The space’s key objective is to provide access: to our activities in Frankfurt, and the philosophy that drives them; to our guest speakers and their firsthand accounts of their working practices; to films, videos and databases of art and curating… This is architecture that aspires to promote free exchange, operating from the premise that every one of us needs to invest some time in exploring a universe of projects, images, words and sounds. The Frankfurter Kunstverein’s project is, quite simply, an experimental district inside the artificial city of Frieze Art Fair.’
Chus Martínez, June 2007

Frieze Projects 2006

Mike Nelson

Mike Nelson

MAGAZIN, Büyük Valide Han
2003
Found space with constructed darkroom, various media
including photographs
Installation view, Büyük Valide Han, Istanbul Biennial
Courtesy the artist and Matt’s Gallery

Mike Nelson
Mirror Infill

‘There is an expectation of criticality built into the invitation to produce a project for an art fair, one that is in itself disempowering. As a phenomenon the art fair is interesting — things are taken from their habitats, displayed and jumbled in a new purpose-built home to be consumed in every sense and elevated to another tier of mythology. It was a long time before I could think of an appropriate work, something which both adored and abhorred in equal parts, to become as a mirror held up and to expand the vacuum beyond. There also seemed to be an urgency to the project, as if there was a limited period in which outdated darkroom technology could speak of memory and reflection without being quaint. Turning to confront the unseen beast that tracks us, we are left to look and decide whether the recognition of this apparition is reassuring or frightening.’

Mike Nelson, July 2006

For Frieze Projects Mike Nelson presented a site-specific, immersive installation that, as in past projects, functioned as a physically and psychologically parallel environment to that in which it was installed. Constructed behind working gallery booths, a labyrinthine series of rooms revealed an industrious underbelly and a documentary fiction — a structural and conceptual counterpoint to the hiss and fizz of the fair. In a deserted darkroom, photographs — both evidence and artwork — detailed the daily transformation of the location from building site to smoothly running art fair. The construction of the room created an atmosphere of being ‘elsewhere’ in an environment where so much attention is paid to euphoric display.

Mike Nelson (b. 1967) is a British artist based in London. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Amnesiac Shrine’, Matt’s Gallery, London (2006), ‘Studio Apparatus for MAMCO’, MAMCO, Geneva (2005) and ‘Triple Bluff Canyon’, Modern Art Oxford (2004). Nelson has presented major installations at the São Paulo Biennial (2004), at the Istanbul Biennal (2003) and at the Venice Biennale (2001). Nelson was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2001.

With thanks to: image

Frieze Projects 2006

Lara Almarcegui

Lara Almarcegui

Construction materials of the
exhibition room
2003
Installation view,
FRAC Bourgogne, Dijon
Photo: André Morin

Lara Almarcegui
Construction materials of Frieze Art Fair

‘The project consists of a list of all the construction materials necessary to build the art fair building and its total weight… This list of materials should remind one of the building before it is constructed — when it is loaded onto the lorry ready for delivery, and should be similar to the pile of material it becomes once dismantled. The list is similar to a cookbook which shows the dish alongside the list of its ingredients; here you can see the building and its various component parts—’

Lara Almarcegui, May 2006

Lara Almarcegui’s work often explores neglected or overlooked sites, carefully cataloguing and highlighting each location’s tendency towards entropy. Her projects have ranged from a guide to the wastelands of Amsterdam to the display, in their raw form, of the materials used to construct the galleries in which she shows. Her works are simple actions that belie the vast research process which she undertakes to achieve them.

For Frieze Projects Almarcegui compiled a structural analysis of Frieze Art Fair. A large-scale wall text documented the range and volume of the material components of the tent: steel, wood, plaster, cloth, plastic. The list highlighted the scale of the event as well as its transitory nature, and as such represented an alternative way of drawing attention to, and experiencing, this site of production.

Lara Almarcegui (b. 1972) is a Spanish artist based in Rotterdam. She has had solo exhibitions at FRAC Bourgogne, Dijon (2004) and at INDEX, Stockholm (2003). She presented projects at the Liverpool Biennial (2004), in ‘Public Act’, Kunsthalle, Lund, and ‘Project Rotterdam’, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (both 2005) and at the São Paulo Biennial (2006).

Frieze Projects 2006

Pablo Bronstein

Pablo Bronstein

Office building, London
2006
Photo: Pablo Bronstein

Pablo Bronstein
Tour of London Postmodern Architecture

‘Focusing on the politics of architectural style during the Thatcher years, the bus tour will investigate a London before the economic crash, highlighting work by architects as great as James Stirling and as unfashionable as Leon Krier. Many of these buildings — having spawned a family of imitations — now blend into the frumpy local high street that they helped to transform; some, such as Charing Cross station by Terry Farrell, have become much-loved monuments to a more optimistic age. The tour will rediscover and reappraise the buildings in light of the architecture boom currently under way in London, and will give a backdrop to the climate that gave rise to the possibility of an international art fair.’

Pablo Bronstein, May 2006

Pablo Bronstein presented an architectural tour of London’s most lauded and most derided buildings of the 1980s and ‘90s, in a work that drew on and developed themes recurrent in his practice. While his intricately rendered drawings fuse the architectural tropes of the 18th century and the 1980s, Bronstein’s more recent architectural interventions — such as his Triennial Plaza for the Tate Triennial 2006 in collaboration with architect Celine Condorelli — draw attention to and choreograph movement through gallery space.

Pablo Bronstein (b. 1977) is an artist living and working in London. Recent group shows include Tate Triennial, Tate Britain (2006), ‘Beck’s Futures’ and ‘London in Six Easy Steps’, both at the ICA, London (2005).

Bronstein’s tour bus schedule and reservations can be confirmed each day at Frieze Art Fair Information Desk from 11am. Access to the tour is included in the Frieze Art Fair admission ticket; however, places are limited.

Frieze Projects 2006

Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Apichatpong Weerasethakul
The Anthem
2006
35mm film
Courtesy the artist

Apichatpong Weerasethakul
The Anthem

‘In Thailand the Royal Anthem plays before each feature film presentation, in order to honour the King. One of the rituals embedded in our society is to give a blessing to something or someone before certain ceremonies. I would like to propose a Cinema Anthem that praises and blesses the approaching feature for each screening. An older lady will perform a ritual channelling energy to the audience to give them a clear mind. The ritual will ensure that after the feature film ends, life and the outside world will be better.’

Apichatpong Weerasethakul, June 2006

Apichatpong Weerasethakul made a short 35mm film, The Anthem, for The Artists Cinema. Weerasethakul is a filmmaker and artist who since the early 1990s has been one of the few filmmakers in Thailand working outside of the strict Thai studio system. In his feature films, which include Syndromes and a Century (2006), Tropical Malady (2004), Blissfully Yours (2002) and Mysterious Object at Noon (2000), Weerasethakul plays freely and inventively with allegory, fantasy and metaphor, examining the intersection between documentary and fiction and pushing the limits of the cinematic narrative.

Apichatpong Weerasethakul (b. 1970) is a Thai artist and filmmaker based in Bangkok. Feature films include Syndromes and a Century (2006), Tropical Malady (2004, awarded the Prix du Jury at Cannes Film Festival), Blissfully Yours (2002, awarded the Prix Un Certain Regard at Cannes), The Adventure of Iron Pussy (2003) and Mysterious Object at Noon (2000). Recent group exhibitions include ‘Waterfall’, Solar Cinematic Art Gallery, Vila do Conde, and ‘La force de l’art’, Grand Palais, Paris (both 2006), the Baltic Triennial, Vilnius (2005) and ‘The Pantagruel Syndrome’, T1-Turin Triennial (2005).

Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s The Anthem was co-commissioned by Frieze Projects/LUX and shown daily during the fair in The Artists Cinema. This film will tour to UK cinemas, shown before main features, through the Independent Cinema Office.

Frieze Projects 2006

Loris Gréaud

Loris Gréaud

Loris Gréaud and DGZ
Research
Modelisation Study
2006
Courtesy the artist

Loris Gréaud & DGZ Research
Why Is a Raven Like a Writing Desk?

‘Imagine the idea of a space where the scale has disappeared, where the immaterial joins the infinite — a space where the ending doesn’t exist anymore. A place motivated by irresolution, like the image of Alice in Wonderland’s riddle which is still unresolved: Why is a raven like a writing desk?’

Loris Gréaud, June 2006

Loris Gréaud’s projects and exhibitions are often the result of collaborations with scientists, geo-biologists, engineers, filmmakers, writers, sound and graphic designers. His varied background in music and cinematography provides an expanded framework for his frequently cryptic installations, which test both the given characteristics of the mediums he employs and the expectations of the audience.

For Frieze Projects Gréaud presented Why Is a Raven like a Writing Desk?, an exhibition of his ‘nano-sculptures’ — objects only visible to the human eye through high-power magnification lenses. The nano-sculpture’s display — in a slick, bespoke micro-museum within the fair, designed by Gréaud and DGZ Research — highlighted the influence that presentation wields on a work’s content. The sculptures were developed by DGZ Research in Paris (Marc Dölger, Loris Gréaud and Damien Ziakovic) and researchers from the French scientific institution CNRS. The exhibition was accompanied by a limited-edition catalogue, produced by Coédition Xn Editions, Aurélie Geslin and Christophe Daviet-Thery, featuring a Panini-style sticker collection of images of the nano-sculptures.

Loris Gréaud (b. 1979) is a French artist based in Paris. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Devils Tower’, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2006) and ‘Silence Goes More Quickly When Played Backwards’, Le Plateau, Frac Ile de France, Paris (2005). Recent group shows include ‘Space Boomerang’, Swiss Institute, New York, and ‘Notre Histoire’, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (both 2006) and ‘Black Market World’, Baltic Triennale, CAC, Vilnius (2005). In 2005 Gréaud was awarded the Ricard S.A. Award for the most innovative artist under 40 years of age in France.

Please click here to download a conversation between Loris Gréaud and Frieze Projects Director Polly Staple.

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