Manchester International Festival 2007

mif07-logo.jpgStarting to get more excited about this now. The Manchester International Festival is a biennial event launching on June 28 2007.

Drawing from the city’s pivotal role in music, the Festival programme will have a focus on new music – premiering work by established and emerging international musicians. In step with the city’s history, the Festival will focus on the important issues and stories of our time, through debates and new commissions. It will also reaffirm the city’s 24 hour party spirit by working with the city’s clubs, bars, cafes and restaurants.

There are a few good thing already announced including
Monkey: Journey to the West – a groundbreaking new production in Mandarin, set to a musical score by Damon Albarn and visual concept, set design and costume by Jamie Hewlett – the artists behind the award winning virtual band Gorillaz.

and an interesting visual arts concept at the Opera House
Il Tempo del Postino – Group Show will run 12 – 14 July 2007.

What if having an exhibition is not how to occupy space but a way to occupy time….?

Co-curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Philippe Parreno

A co-commission between Manchester International Festival and Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris.

The time is now. The space is Manchester’s Opera House and a group of the world’s leading visual artists are about to defy all accepted notions of the ‘exhibition’.

Each artist has up to 15 minutes of ‘exhibition time’, an array of materials, effects and special guests (but no film or video), to create their own distinctive part of this new work.

By focusing on time-based work, this group show aims to redefine how visual arts can be created and experienced. Set in a theatre, it transforms the established gallery model into an exhilarating, shared audience experience – and as there will only be 3 chances in the UK to witness these world premieres, time is of the essence.

Tickets are £15 though, I’m not used to paying for exhibitions.

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