Some news from Static:
Release of 8 Newly Commissioned Press Corps critical texts
Writers: Artnotart, Dave Beech, David Briers, John Byrne, Jordan and Hewitt, Sharon Kivland, Steven Paige and Gareth Woollam.
From September- November 2004 Static Gallery hosted Press Corps, ‘the official press corps of the Liverpool Biennial 2004’. Press Corps validated visiting journalists as official members of the press corps, and provided them with an extensive resource to enable the best quality response to the Biennial. During this period the public were allowed to access Static but to view the partially screened press from a viewing stage. In addition, Press Corps monitored the production of all press responding to the Biennial, noting the influence of the initial press release on all subsequent ‘independent’ responses. A live discussion between national and local press debated the flux between how audience determines journalistic content and vice-versa.
To conclude its activities, Press Corps is now pleased to announce the availability of 8 newly commissioned texts discussing the Liverpool Biennial, from writers: Artnotart, Dave Beech, David Briers, John Byrne, Jordan and Hewitt, Sharon Kivland, Steven Paige and Gareth Woollam. Writers were invited to respond to any aspect of the Biennial, although it was anticipated that existing interests might influence the direction of the texts. While the texts are varied there is a surprising consistency of direction. Many of the texts attempt to unpick the relationship between the Biennial and the Liverpool public, questioning whether projects that happen in social realms are automatically more democratic, articulate or accessible. Common to all texts is an interrogation of subjectivity-from discussions about art as a social practice to a focus upon the intimate individual reception of art the texts here grapple with questions about the universal language of art, the economic, political and social agendas of art events, the conflict between the different owners of a city’s culture, and to the lack of confidence perceived to exist at the centre of the city’s development and its Biennial.
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