To the Moon via the Beach

"Announcement that work has commenced will be made by three short blasts on an air horn—drawing people to the Amphitheatre. This is an exhibition about work, production, and change—ideas in constant motion. A moonscape will be created around which artists will develop new ideas. Everything will be visible—no difference between production, presentation, and exchange."
–Liam Gillick and Philippe Parreno, 2012

Uri Aran, Daniel Buren, Elvire Bonduelle, Lili Reynaud-Dewar, Loretta Fahrenholz, Fischli & Weiss, Jef Geys, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster/Ari Benjamin Meyers/Tristan Bera, Douglas Gordon, Pierre Huyghe, Klara Lidén, Renata Lucas, Benoît Maire, Oscar Murillo, Anri Sala, Pilvi Takala, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Tris Vonna-Michell, Lawrence Weiner

At the invitation of the LUMA Foundation, this summer twenty internationally recognised artists will come to Arles to work in its Roman Amphitheatre. This important historical site, a major tourist attraction often used for bullfighting and festivals, will host an exhibition under constant transformation. The title reflects its shifting nature and offers the promise of a journey: To the Moon via the Beach. At the start of the exhibition, visitors will encounter an arena covered in tons of sand. Over the course of the exhibition, the terrain will slowly be transformed from a beach to a moonscape by a team of world-class sand sculptors led by Wilfred Stijger. This site under constant motion will act as a backdrop to a series of interventions from the artists who will produce works in and around the arena.

This unusual exhibition offers a foretaste of the future programme of the new centre for production of art and exhibitions that the LUMA Foundation will build at the Parc des Ateliers. This connection is also manifested in the re-use of the sand brought into Arles to create this shifting landscape. After the exhibition, all the sand will be moved to the Parc des Ateliers, becoming a temporary public playground imagined by landscape architect Bas Smets, before being re-used once again in the foundations for the main building designed by Frank Gehry within the new cultural complex.

For this new collaboration Philippe Parreno and Liam Gillick (artists) together with Tom Eccles (Bard College, New York), Hans Ulrich Obrist (Serpentine Gallery, London), Beatrix Ruf (Kunsthalle Zürich), and Maja Hoffmann (LUMA Foundation)—who form the LUMA Core Group—have conceived an exhibition for Arles that takes visitors to the moon, via the beach.

Conceived by Philippe Parreno and Liam Gillick.
Curated by Tom Eccles, Liam Gillick, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Philippe Parreno, and Beatrix Ruf.
Commissioned and produced by the LUMA Foundation for the Parc des Ateliers in Arles.

Cave Allegories in Retretti Art Center

9 June 2012 – 28 August 2012

Adel Abidin, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Kari Cavén, Cleaning Women, Veli Granö, Ilmari Gryta, Tommi Grönlund & Petteri Nisunen, Bo Haglund, Sasha Huber, IC-98, Elina Juopperi, Pekka Jylhä, Tellervo Kalleinen & Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, Otto Karvonen, Antti Laitinen, Tea Mäkipää, Ville Ranta, Anni Rapinoja, Seppo Renvall, Paavo Räbinä, Emma Rönnholm, Kaija Saariaho & Jean-Baptiste Barrière, Charles Sandison, Pilvi Takala, Tommi Toija, Pauliina Turakka-Purhonen, Salla Tykkä, Roi Vaara, Elina Vainio

The artists of the Cave Allegories exhibition take over the Retretti caves for a while and open its allegoric curtain a crack to offer us glimpses of the multidimensional reality of our time. What are the chains of our time that make us believe that the whole play of entertainment and consumption that reigns over our visual imagery is true? Does the world have any other alternative than to serve as a stage of injustice for the strong, whose actions are primarily based on the values of personal gain and success? And is it possible that when all this is revealed to be a mere reflection, the light outside is too blinding for us to see what is outside the cave?

The corridors in the cave and the water flowing in its clefts do not carry along a congruous story or message. Instead, they set the pace for perspectives that move from one level to another and new chains of associations born from mutual dialogue on the natural conditions and cultural structures that define our existence. The only certain thing is that we cannot predict the future or know how sound a foundation our human culture is based on.

The Retretti Art Center is open every day from 9 June to 28 August 2012, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Welcome!

Retretti Art Center
Tuunaansaarentie 3
58450 Punkaharju Finland

Our Work is Never Over

Our Work is Never Over, group show curated by Yael Messer, opens on June 7 at 21 h. in Nave 16 / Matadero Madrid as part of PHotoEspaña 2012. In November 2011, Messer (Jerusalem, 1982, lives and works in Amsterdam) held a curatorial residency at Matadero Madrid, during which she shaped the concept of this show.

Our Work is Never Over features works from artists who are constantly exploring the place where art, labor, and everyday existence overlap in contemporary society. The artists participating in the exhibition choose to reflect on the totality of their bio-political existence from within and through life itself: some document their everyday life and use this documentation as an artistic work; others frame their artistic acts as identical to any other form of labor; and a few make the gray area between artistic process and immaterial labor part of their own life.

With: Mounira Al Solh, Joana Bastos, Guy Ben Ner, C.A.S.I.T.A, Tehching Hsieh, David Levine, Ahmet Ögüt, Levi Orta, Mladen Stilinović,  Pilvi Takala and Werker Magazine (Marc Roig Blesa and Rogier Delfos).

Save the date: next Thursday, June 7, at 21 h., opening of Our Work is Never Over.

Until 26 August. Tuesday / Friday from 16 to 22 hours.
Saturdays and Sundays, 11 to 22 hours.

Legazpi 8, Madrid 28045

Mind the System, Find the Gap

Mind the System, Find the Gap
Z33, Hasselt, Belgium

2.6. -30.9.2012

Mind the System, Find the Gap is this year’s summer exhibition at Z33. More than 30 international artists seek out the gaps in the system. 

Our society is governed by all sorts of systems and structures that organise and steer life. No system, however, whether political, judicial, economical, socio-cultural or spatial, can comprise life in its entirety. Every system has gaps, leaks and ambiguities.
The artists in the exhibition Mind the System, Find the Gap seek out these gaps. They set forth from this intermediate position to unveil, circumvent or criticise ruling systems and structures.
Mind the System, Find the Gap does not proffer an overly simplified critique on the notion of systems and structuring principles, but aims to seek out its complexity.
For the past few years, strong thematic exhibitions on societal issues have been Z33’s trademark. It is Z33’s ambition to challenge the visitor to look at the day-to-day reality with a different set of eyes, as do the artists in Mind the System, Find the Gap.

Artists: Agency (INT), Atelier Van Lieshout (NL), Shigeo Anzaï (JP), Yto Barrada (FR/MA), Heath Bunting (GB), Jordi Colomer (ES), Minerva Cuevas (MX), Jaime Davidovich (AR/US), Elmgreen & Dragset (DK/N), Leandro Erlich (AR), Dora García (ES), Simon Gush (ZA), Christiane Högner (D/BE), Anne Holtrop (NL), Matthieu Laurette (FR), Minouk Lim (KOR), Jill Magid (US), Gordon Matta-Clark (US), Tadashi Kawamata (JP), Ahmet Öğüt (TU), Karl Philips (BE), Julien Prévieux (FR), Esther Stocker (IT), Sebastian Stumpf (D), Stephanie Syjuco (US), Pilvi Takala (FI/NL), Pablo Valbuena (ES), Stijn Van Dorpe (BE), Benjamin Verdonck (BE), Katleen Vermeir (BE), the YES Men (US), Carey Young (US/GB)

Curator: Z33: Karen Verschooren, Ils Huygens, Evelien Bracke

OFFICIAL OPENING Saturday 02.06 at 7:30 pm
Welcome by Gilbert Van Baelen (deputy of culture of the Province of Limburg),
Jan Boelen (artistic director / Z33),
Evelien Bracke, Ils Huygens & Karen Verschooren (Curators / Z33)
Exhibition visit from 8pm to 10pm. Z33 guides can give you more information about the artist and artwork in relation to the theme of the exhibition.
+ festive opeing with music, drinks and bites.