Various venues – No Longer Empty: On the Road

nle-logo-100No Longer Empty: On the Road – Liverpool Biennial 2010
18 September – 27 November 2010

Conceived as a response to the present economic condition, The New York-based group No Longer Empty (NLE) creates site-specific installations that temporarily transform vacant venues throughout the city. For Liverpool, NLE will feature thirteen international artists, including four from Liverpool using sound as a medium to explore the history of the city, occupying and activating two previously disused and derelict buildings and a city centre car park. NLE is one of the Liverpool Biennials’ six official programs.

Phase 5
15-21 Seel Street

Hours: Sat 18 Sep – Sat 27 Nov 2010, Tue – Sat, 12.00 – 16.00 (closed Sun/Mon)
A former bank and abandoned nightclub development, Phase 5 will feature works by ten international artists working at the forefront of experimentation with new technologies in sound:
Juan Cruz, Joe Diebes, Clemencia Echeverri, Phil Jeck, Ray Lee, Mayke Nas & Wouter Snoei, Miguel Angel Rios, Jani Ruscica, Giuseppe Stampone, Imogen Stidworthy.

binarycell
40 Seel Street

Hours: Sat 18 Sep – Sat 27 Nov 2010, Tue –  Sat, 12.00 – 16.00 (closed Sun/Mon)
Occupying the ground floor of the binarycell, a new multimedia lab building, New York-based artist Ted Riederer ’s Never Records is a record store turned art installation, continuing and developing a project which took over the former Tower Records store in New York City.

Drive-Thru Gallery
Renshaw Hall Car Park, on the corner of Renshaw and Benson Street, L1

Hours: Sat 18 Sep – Sat 27 Nov 2010, Tue –  Sat, 12.00 – 16.00 (closed Sun/Mon)
Marina Rosenfeld: Public Address no.2
Borrowing its form from the sound systems of social gathering places, Rosenfeld’s Public Address no.2 (2010), will use the complex overhead airspace and daily function of Liverpool’s historic Renshaw Hall, now a car park, as both a reflecting and distorting structure for sound.

Information about the participating artists:

Juan Cruz : This artist is mostly known for using translation as a means of constructing identity. Cruz challenges our concept of what it means to listen by using resources other than sound to tell a story.

Joe Diebes: Scherzo is a music film that explores the limits of human virtuosity and the convergence of human and machine. The virtuoso’s desire to achieve machine-like speed and perfection is realized in both exhilarating and disturbing dimensions as his performance is fragmented and recombined into an impossibly extended musical climax.

Clemencia Echeverri: Voz. This video project works with sounds that exist within prisons. The artist evokes the idea that the voices are the inner core of the body, and yet they are detached from the prisoners, eliminating any sense of identity and reinforcing the forgotten people within the building.

Phil Jeck: Pool of Voices takes old records and turntables salvaged from junk shops, playing them as musical instruments. The music, which is a combination of spoken word and synthetic sounds, is a uniquely original creation, moving beyond the gimmick to compositions that are music in their own right.

Ray Lee : Murmur is a site-specific sound installation that explores the invisible phenomena of this particular empty space. His large installation “Siren” won five stars at the 2007 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Mayke Nas and Wouter Snoei: I Delayed People’s Flights By Walking Slowly In Narrow Hallways. Percussion group SDH uses sound enhanced blackboards to create a meeting point between composed music and image, with the audience completing the collaboration, resulting in a new musical composition.

Ted Riederer: Never Records is an artwork that resembles a functioning record store rather than an art installation. It is a continuation of a project with No Longer Empty, which made its debut in January 2010 in an abandoned Tower Records store in New York City.

Miguel Angel Rios: Opus320419311905911317116 is a film with very careful ‘mise en scène’ and a very dense physical presence. It can be considered a requiem to violence of our days in general, but subtly hints at New York, Madrid, London, and other places of acts of terrorism.

Marina Rosenfeld: Public Address no.2. Borrowing its form from the sound systems of social gathering places, Rosenfeld’s Public Address no.2 (2010), will use the complex overhead airspace and daily function of Liverpool’s historic Renshaw Hall, now a car park, as both a reflecting and distorting structure for sound. Rising and falling in unpredictable counterpoint with the ambient noises of the site, Rosenfeld’s work sweeps the architecture and transient residents of the space–both human and vehicular–with arcs of abstract sound, producing momentary transformations of ambience, mood, attention or distraction.

Jani Ruscica: Beatbox video portrays sound and movement as self-expressive navigational tools. Filmed in NYC, hip-
hop artists and beatboxers interprete and imitate the sounds of their surroundings.

Giuseppe Stampone: Play is five custom-made sound installation coffins inside a large mausoleum inspired by the
countries that have played an important role in the collapse of the world economy.

– Imogen Stidworthy: Latitude: 53˚ 27’ 46.67” N, Longitude: 2˚ 59’ 10.35” W (By ours)
The voices of two men (Tony O’Donnell and Dave Schofield) whose speech and relation to words are affected by trauma, are accompanied by the sound of 46 Willard Street, Bootle – at the centre of a New Heartlands redevelopment area – as it tumbles to the ground. Dave Schofield is a veteran of the Yugoslavian war in the Nineties and the current Gulf War; Tony O’Donnell is affected by aphasia, a condition resulting from the neurological upheaval of a stroke. A description of bomb-damaged streets (based on an extract from WG Sebald’s ‘Rings of Saturn’) is interpreted by each man in his own way, in a slippage between different timeframes and forms of conflict.

Also part of No Longer Empty:

Kaarina Kaikkonen at FACT, 88 Wood Street, Liverpool, L14DQ
Hours: Mon to Sat: 11.00 – 18.00, Sun: 12.00 – 18.00
Finnish artist Kaarina Kaikkonen ‘s work crosses the boundaries between sculpture, installation and architecture, for the 6th Liverpool Biennial Festival of Contemporary Art she will be taking over the atrium of FACT with a piece of sculptural work made from second hand clothes donated by people from the city.
www.fact.co.uk/news/blog/2010/08/25/liverpool-biennial-2010-kaarina-kaikkonen

Curated and produced by Asher Remy-Toledo and project managed by Dan Simpkins in collaboration with FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) and T.A.O. (The Art Organization) in order to create a larger impact in the urban and social regeneration of the Liverpool Ropewalks area. This event will launch NLE on the Road, an ongoing project which will continue to access new spaces and develop new opportunities internationally.

For full details on No Longer Empty, visit the website:
www.nolongerempty.org


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Marina Rosenfeld

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