Liverpool Biennial 5 October e-newsletter

All six Festival programmes are still going strong, the Festival continues until 28 November.  How much of the Biennial have you seen?  To help you see more, download our suggested tours.

Innovasion – The Live Action Game – Saturday 9 October

Beware the Innovasion is coming!

Something sinister has been lurking in the shadows at the Liverpool Biennial. There have been whisperings of an imminent catastrophic event.  Your job is to join the resistance and help prevent the downfall of the city.

From 10am on Saturday 9th October you will invited to join an adventure through the streets of Liverpool where you will solve clues, unravel riddles, witness unexpected performances whilst taking in many of the Liverpool Biennial art works. As you get further into the story, you and your group memebers will have to make decisions which will influence the outcome of the narrative. The structure of the day will be informal depending on how you respond to your challenges, but you can expect to be excited, surprised, challenged and hopefully have a lot of fun in the process. The whole event will end in a finale at a secret location in the city. Your decisions will decide what happens. The end of the day will be an opportunity for you to meet your fellow gamers, the games masters, and all the performers involved over a glass of wine.

Book your tickets now! You will then be emailed further instructions and the game begins!  Produced by Hope Street Ltd.

Upcoming Touched Talks

Wednesday 20 October – Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi – 18.30 in the Biennial Visitor Centre

FREE to book, click here

To be touched increasingly means to be in touch. We can reach every point in the world but, more importantly, we can be reached from any point in the world. Not silence but uninterrupted noise, not the red desert, but a cognitive space overcharged with nervous incentives to act: this is the alienation of our times…  Franco Berardi is a writer, media-theorist and media-activist. In this lecture he will discuss sensibility and the psychopathology implied in the connective mutation of the general intellect. What are the possibilities for a therapy that is conceived in terms of social control to become a new path of autonomisation from the capitalist domination of the mind?

Wednesday 27 October – AbdouMaliq Simone – 18.30 in the Biennial Visitor Centre

FREE to book, click here

AbdouMaliq Simone is an urbanist and Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths College, London. In his latest book, City Life from Djakarta to Dakar. Movements at the crossroads (2010), he describes the surprising ecologies of everyday life in some of the fastest-growing urban centres in the world. Urban development today is part of the global circulation of ideas and stories of what is possible to do in cities. In and among ducking and diving is imagination and resilience and an acute sense that difference and diversity are critical if, in future, people in cities are to thrive.

Weekend Tours

There are a number of exciting tours this weekend that are FREE but need to be booked in advance to avoid disappointment.

Saturday, 9 October:
Curator’s Exhibition Tour – the Bluecoat’s Sara-Jayne Parsons
Art Mediator Tours | Neil Winterburn

Sunday, 10 October:
EarlySundays Tour with Eleanor Rees
Art Mediator Tours | Sophie Bower

These tours are a good way to fulfil four of the five Year of Health and Wellbeing actions – connecting with the communitity, engaging in physical activity, keeping learning, and taking notice of the exciting events happening in Liverpool.  If you can’t make these tours with specially selected leaders, you can always attend daily tours at 12 noon at the Visitor Centre.

Blog Competition Winners Announced

The winners of the Touched Blogging Competition are Les Roberts and Rachel Gardner!  They have won a private tour with Lorenzo Fusi, head curator of Touched in the Public Realm.  Thank you to all of the contestants who submitted blogs over the past two weeks.  It was very difficult for the Biennial judges, Ian Jackson from ArtInLiverpool, and David Lloyd from SevenStreets to choose two winners from the high calibre of the entries. You can read Les and Rachel’s blogs here .  If you are jealous and would like a tour with Lorenzo, he is hosting a curator’s tour on 9 November (click here to book ).  It is not as intimate as the one our bloggers will enjoy, but will give you an inside perspective of Touched in the Public Realm.

Look Forward to the Long Night 2010

Thursday, 18th November, 16.00 – Late

A one-night arts and culture festival in Liverpool; Long Night presents you, your family and friends with a nocturnal patchwork of over 90 events including exhibitions, music, theatre, walking tours, talks and much more.

Come and celebrate our vibrant arts scene and enjoy Liverpool’s beautiful cityscape, late-night shopping and award winning cafes, bars and restaurants.  Let’s make it a Long Night to remember! The LONG NIGHT PROGRAMME hits the streets from 25th October 2010. Pick one up or request one by sending your name and address to – it’s your free essential guide to what’s on. Below are some of the highlights you can expect:

Liverpool Biennial 2010 stays up late across 17 sites

S.Q.U.A.T Liverpool host a Fancy Dress Party

DaDaFest launches with Objects of Curiosity & Desire

Bloomberg New Contemporaries and late night DJ’s and live music at the A Foundation

Bed-In at the Bluecoat: a participatory tribute to John & Yoko’s action for peace

Sound Relay a musical procession from Philharmonic Hall down to Tate Liverpool, calling at Biennial sites along the way.

Philosophy in Pubs at Tate Liverpool: Art touches a city, but how does it touch you?