Art of the Lived Experiment

8th Nov 2014 - 11th Jan 2015 | 10:00am - 6:00pm

  • Audio described

Free

The exhibition addresses the idea that both art and life are in a state of continual change and uncertainty. Its starting point is the practice of alchemy, taking its magical, transformative and experimental associations as a template with which to consider practices employed by contemporary artists.

David Lock artwork

thebluecoatConceived by DaDaFest, curated by Aaron Williamson and delivered in partnership with the Bluecoat, Liverpool. 

The exhibition addresses the idea that both art and life are in a state of continual change and uncertainty. Its starting point is the practice of alchemy, taking its magical, transformative and experimental associations as a template with which to consider practices employed by contemporary artists.

Containing 9 new commissions, 6 reworkings of earlier pieces adapted especially for the exhibition and 28 artists from the UK and abroad, ‘Art of the Lived Experiment’ will include sculpture, film, installation, painting, prints and performance works. Also included will be artifacts relating to the lives of Isaac Newton, Franz Kafka and Johnnie Ray. Serious yet playful, it responds to themes pertinent to the disability festival and the lives of us all, such as subjectivity, the everyday, transformation and experimentation.

New works include ‘Gold Lamé’ by Tony Heaton – a transformed Invacar (invalid car) shiny, gold and suspended; a durational performance by Brian Catling throughout the opening week of the exhibition; and Simon Raven’s ‘Headspinners’ mannequin installation facing out onto a shopping street through the Bluecoat’s windows. Australian Mike Parr is traveling to Liverpool to create new prints for the exhibition.

Reworks include a film about the vacuum cleaner’s self-made mental health institution, ‘Ship of Fools’, Katherine Araniello’s video of her negotiating the cobbled streets of Liverpool’s Albert Dock in her wheelchair and Juliet Robson’s exploration of radically different perspectives using tape markings on windows.

The exhibition will also include an introductory ‘Ignition Room’, presenting an eclectic range of historical artifacts that contextualise the exhibition and illuminate its themes, demonstrating how historical figures adapted to their environments. Items here include a 19th Century acoustic chair – possibly the world’s first hearing aid chair, illustrations from alchemical text ‘Mutus Liber’, a gold disc and hearing aid as worn by 1950s singer Johnnie Ray, and alchemical diagrams by Issac Newton. Other figures represented in this room include Sarah Bernhardt, Jack Smith and Franz Kafka.

Art of the Lived Experiment exhibiting artists:

Katherine Araniello (UK)                       Bobby Baker (UK)
Anna Berndtson (Sweden)                    Brian Catling (UK)
Ellie Collins (UK / Canada)                    Stephen Cripps (UK)
Ellen Friis (Denmark)                             Joseph Grigely and Amy Vogel (USA)
Tony Heaton (UK)                                   Melanie Jackson and Esther Leslie (UK)
Floris Kaayk (Netherlands)                     David Lock (UK)
Kate Mahony (UK)                                    Maurice Mbikayi (Democratic Republic of Congo / South Africa)
Sinéad and Hugh O’Donnell (Ireland)  Mike Parr (Australia)
Bekki Perriman (UK)                                Simon Raven (UK)
Adam Reynolds (UK)                               Juliet Robson (UK)
Dimple B. Shah (India)                             Terry Smith (UK)
the vacuum cleaner (UK)                        Matthew Thompson (UK)
Aaron Williamson (UK)

Audio description of the exhibition will be available to borrow on mp3 players or download each track here:
(PC/ Mac Users: Right Click each track and select ‘Save Link As’. Mobile Users: Tap and hold then select ‘Save Link’)

Gallery 2 – A/D – Art of the Lived Experiment
Gallery 3 – A/D – Art of the Lived Experiment
The Cloister – A/D – Art of the Lived Experiment
The Ignition Room – A/D – Art of the Lived Experiment
The Vide – A/D – Art of the Lived Experiment

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated publication.

Every Saturday, 2pm
Exhibition Tours
No booking required, just turn up

Join us for tours of the exhibition led by different artists and groups, giving their own insights and perspectives on it, starting with Curator Aaron Williamson on 8 November at 2pm and 4pm following a signing of the Art of the Lived Experiment book at 1pm.

Brian Catling – Antix 2
There will be a durational performance by Brian Catling in the gallery on 8 & 9 November, 2 & 3 December, 8, 9 & 10 January.

Following its showing as part of DaDaFest, the exhibition will move to Michigan, US to be displayed in galleries in Grand Rapids at the Urban Institute for Contemporary art, Kendall College of Art and Design (KCA), and Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) as part of the DisArt festival, co-curated by Amanda Cachia, 10 April – 31 June 2015.

Talk by Anna Berndtson
Friday 28 November, 1:30pm

Anna Berndtson, one of the exhibiting artists in the exhibition (Duckie and Churned) will be visiting the Bluecoat to give a talk about her pieces. This talk is free, just turn up.

The exhibition is closed on 25 & 26 December as well as 1 June.

Watch a video about the exhibition featuring curator, Aaron Williamson here:

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8th Nov 2014 - 11th Jan 2015 | 10:00am - 6:00pm

  • Audio described

Free

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