the Bluecoat – Liverpool Live 08

imageContinuing their live art programme created specially for the Liverpool Biennial, the Bluecoat presents a series of experimental works by international and UK artists over three weekends in November. Major commissions – unexpected, intriguing and irresistible – will occupy and transform the new spaces at the Bluecoat, recently reopened after its capital development.

Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 November
12.00pm – 4.00pm
Geraldine Pilgrim
with pupils from the Blue Coat School, Liverpool
The clatter of a plate, a glimpse of children in the corridors and the toll of the dinner bell … The school room of yesteryear becomes the museum of today as the spirit of Blue Coat girls haunts the building during this installation and performance produced by Geraldine Pilgrim, working with pupils from the Blue Coat School.

Erected in the early 18th century, the building was a charity school, becoming a centre for the arts when the school moved to new suburban premises in 1906. Traces of the school’s history are revealed in this new work by Pilgrim, commissioned to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the founding of the Blue Coat School in premises opposite.

Traces was inspired by the discovery of a document listing the names of 52 girls who left in July 1949 when the Blue Coat became boys only. At the same time the school decided its unique uniform would no longer be worn.

There had been girls at the Blue Coat since its founding in 1708, and their passing ended an epoch in the school’s history. “This break with the tradition of nearly two and a half centuries has become inevitable and the blank left by the departure of the girls will never be completely filled” (quote found in the school’s archive). In 2001 the school once again became fully co-educational.

Supported by The Heritage Lottery Fund

Saturday 15 November
Rules and Regs 2008 National Finale

Rules and Regs is a programme of artists’ residencies hosted throughout 2008 at six venues in the UK.  Selected from an open submission, the artists were asked to respond to a set of rules designed to challenge their usual creative strategies. Rules so far have included: “Less isn’t more. MORE is more”, “Do not start at the beginning”, “The artist must not work alone”, “Don’t move”, “Spend 24hrs awake in Blackpool” and “Go ahead punk, make my day”.

Each host venue worked with several artists. The Bluecoat, one of the six hosts, selected three artists for its Rules and Regs – Eitan Buchalter, Grace Surman and Ange Taggart, the results being presented here in October. For Liverpool Live we are pleased to host highlights from the whole of this year’s Rules and Regs. The line up for this finale event, which will inhabit the Bluecoat’s performance spaces and public areas, will be determined once the artists have completed their residencies. Expect however an eclectic bill of truly unusual performance by artists with refreshing new approaches to live art.

Saturday 29 November
8.00pm, check-in opens 7.00pm
No advance booking available
On the day, book an expert for £1 or €1!

Mobile Academy presents:
Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No 11
On WASTE: The Disappearance and Comeback of Things
A conversation installation with 50 experts and two bonus digressions – The Rhetorics of Dialoguing and A Liverpudlian Couple’s Marathon

A Blackmarket is an interdisciplinary research on learning and un-learning where narrative formats of knowledge transfer are tried out and presented. The installation imitates familiar places of knowledge exchange, like the archive or library reading room, and combines them with communication situations such as markets, stock exchanges, counselling or social service interviews.

Each Blackmarket presents a different topic, generating an encyclopaedia with local experts. In Liverpool the theme deals with the relationship between human beings and their material world, the moment when things lose their form, deteriorate, rot, explode, slide into decay; and when remembrance and forgetting lose their distinction. In our economy of waste, garbage is the repressed side of consumption, whilst non-biodegradable, radioactive toxins have made waste an ecological survival problem. In response to this we have developed a range of methods to stabilise waste, such as recycling, burning, conserving or archiving.

At this new Blackmarket you can book a 30-minute one-to-one dialogue with one of 50 experts recruited from Liverpool, including garbologists, philosophers, economists, alchemists and psychoanalysts. Or you can observe and listen into select conversations via headphones on Blackradio’s six channels. The experts will put together a lexicon that fragments, mirrors and hallucinates the theme of waste – through stories, theories, documentation and myths.

Mobile Academy is a project devised by Hannah Hurtzig with changing partners based at HAU, Berlin. Following ten Blackmarkets on different topics in Berlin, Warsaw, Istanbul, Hamburg, Graz, Vienna and other cities, this is the long-awaited first Blackmarket in the UK.