Lisson Gallery is delighted to announce that 6 of its artists are participating in dOCUMENTA (13), which will run from 9 June – 16 September 2012.
It was unveiled yesterday, 6 June 2012, that Marina Abramovic, Allora & Calzadilla, Gerard Byrne, Ceal Floyer, Ryan Gander and Lawrence Weiner will all show projects at dOCUMENTA (13). This marks a substantial selection from the 39 artists currently represented by Lisson Gallery. Under the artistic direction of Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, the quinquennial show will include over 150 artists representing 55 countries.
Marina Abramovic’s video work Performance with a Donkey and documentation material from the work Hero is included in The Worldly House, a diverse archive housed in the baroque Karlsaue Park. The archive, compiled and presented by Tue Greenfort, is inspired by Donna Haraway’s (member of the dOCUMENTA (13) Honorary Advisory Committee and renowned feminist theorist) writings on multi-species co-evolution.
The artist collective Allora & Calzadilla present Raptor’s Rapture, a film involving a flute carved by Homo sapiens 42,000 years ago from the wing bone of a griffon vulture, the oldest musical instrument found to date. The artists invited Bernadette Käfer, a flautist specializing in prehistoric instruments, to attempt to play the flute in the presence of a living griffon vulture, documenting a shared moment between a scavenging bird of prey and the musical beginnings of human culture.
Gerard Byrne commissioned RTE, the Irish public Television broadcaster to create his television drama, A man and a woman make love, for Documenta (13). The piece recreates a discussion investigating the field of eroticism between the Surrealist Group held on January 27th, 1928, in the apartment of Mssrs. Marcel Duhamel, Jacques Prévert, and Yves Tanguy at 54 Rue du Château, Paris. The resulting televisual format is presented as a series of synchronised video projections dispersed throughout a derelict ballroom in Kassel.
Yesterday morning, prior to the dOCUMENTA Press Conference, Ceal Floyer took the stage for Nail Biting Performance, enacting the anxiety and anticipation preceding a public appearance. The work was first performed at Floyer’s IKON exhibition in Birmingham in 2001. In addition, she is showing Til I get it Right, in which one line from a Tammy Wynette song is repeated ad infinitum, transforming the romantic lyrics into an intense, repetitious analysis of failure, persistence and anxiety.
Ryan Gander has three separate projects at dOCUMENTA, the most ambitious of which, need some meaning I can memorise, (The Invisible Pull), converts the bottom floor of the Museum Fridericianum into a wind chamber. Visitors are sucked into the space and blown through its corridors by a breeze generated within the building. Gander’s other projects see an actor disguised as a playwright working on a screenplay in one of Kassel’s cafes, and Escape Hatch to Culturefield, a trapdoor installed in the middle of the woods leading to Gander’s imaginary creation ‘Culturefield’. The escape hatch follows on from earlier work, Porthole to Culturefield, which featured in Gander’s solo exhibition at Lisson Gallery in 2010. Gander has an upcoming exhibition from 11 July – 24 August at Lisson Gallery, entitled The Fallout of Living.
Lisson Gallery will also present a solo exhibition later this year of Lawrence Weiner, from 21 November 2012 – 12 January 2013. At Documenta (13), Weiner presents a text based piece printed on a floor-to-ceiling pane of glass installed in the ground floor of the Museum Fridericianum. As the viewer examines a printed phrase repeated three times on the lower half of the glass, they can simultaneously survey the artworks and spectators in the room beyond.