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[Nettime-ro] FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FREE BIENNIAL TO BE HELD APRIL 2002
Daniel Knorr on Mon, 28 Jan 2002 17:47:02 +0100 (CET)


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[Nettime-ro] FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FREE BIENNIAL TO BE HELD APRIL 2002



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>FREE BIENNIAL TO BE HELD IN NEW YORK DURING APRIL, 2002
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>contact: info {AT} freebiennial.org
>http://www.freebiennial.org
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>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
>Wednesday, January 23, 2002
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>NEW YORK. This spring New York will host a different kind of art biennial, 
>The Free Biennial.
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>The Free Biennial is an exhibition of free art in public spaces, open to 
>any artist who wishes to participate. It will be held in New York during 
>the month of April, 2002 (April 2 - April 30, 2002).
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>Functioning both as an exhibition, and as a situational artwork, The Free 
>Biennial is a project of artist Sal Randolph who says: 3It1s an experiment 
>in presenting a show which is completely democratic and unedited. There1s 
>always an element of the unpredictable when you open the doors.2
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>In an increasingly crowded field of international art expositions, the Free 
>Biennial offers a new artistic situation, both for the viewer and the 
>participating artist. For the artist, the Free Biennial eliminates the 
>selection process - the curator as gatekeeper or filter. It puts the 
>question of participation in the hands of the artist, and throws open the 
>question of value.
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>For the viewer, the safety of traditional curatorship and spectacle is 
>removed, allowing an experience which is more direct, raw, and intimate.  
>The city is transformed into a place of potential where any encounter could 
>be an artistic one. Armed with a map and the idea that art might be 
>anywhere, the viewer is invited to step into the shoes of what Baudelaire 
>and the Situationists called the flâneur, the wanderer, ready to experience 
>anything.
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>3It1s a new way of looking at public space,2 says organizer Sal Randolph. 
>3We1ve gotten used to seeing public space as either institutional or 
>commercial. Here is a way for artists and viewers to operate together as as 
>citizens, engaged with the life of the city. It holds out possibility for 
>the values of generosity and civility, which we are so in need of at this 
>time.2
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>3There1s plenty of free artwork out there,2 Randolph adds, 3but there1s 
>very little context in which to show it.  It1s one of the hidden art 
>movements of our time. This show aims to provide a context which will make 
>the underground gift economy of art more visible.2
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>Randolph1s other recent projects have included 3Free Words2 in which 2,000 
>copies of a free book are being infiltrated into bookstores and libraries 
>worldwide (for more information: http://www.freewords.org).
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>THE FREE BIENNIAL
>http://www.freebiennial.org
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>A CALL TO ARTISTS
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>The Free Biennial is an open exhibition of nonmonetary artworks to be held 
>in greater New York during the month of April, 2002.
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>Any artist who wishes may participate with such works as ephemeral 
>installations, guerilla performances, dérives, situations, giveaways, 
>ambulatory declamations, parties, neo-happenings, apartment shows, guided 
>experiences, screenings, projections, mail art, downloadable music, 
>web-based work.
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>During the exhibition, maps and schedules will be available on the website 
>to help viewers locate and experience the participating works. Tours and 
>events will be organized to support the show.
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>ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
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>Artists of all kinds are invited to participate in THE FREE BIENNIAL which 
>will take place in New York during the month of April, 2002.
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>Any project which is nonmonetary in nature, and which takes place in public 
>or quasi-public space in the greater New York area any time during the 
>month of April 2002 is eligible.
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>Works which are not eligible include those where an admission is charged or 
>where anything is for sale, as well as works not taking place within the 
>time and space designated for the show (greater New York City area, month 
>of April 2002).
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>Web-based projects are welcome, and will be represented by a description 
>and a URL link. Mail art projects are also welcome, and will be represented 
>by a description and a mailing address (the address may be anywhere in the 
>world as long as participants in New York are invited).
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>Projects taking place in ordinarily private space (for instance apartment 
>shows) are eligible if they are open to the public by appointment or during 
>publicized hours.
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>Group projects and projects organized by collectives and independent 
>curators are encouraged.
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>There is no deadline for participation, but if you wish your information to 
>be included in publicity materials it must be received by MARCH 1, 2002. 
>For inclusion in the website, information must be received by MARCH 30, 
>2002.
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>To enter please visit http://www.freebiennial.org
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>THE FREE BIENNIAL
>http://www.freebiennial.org
>info {AT} freebiennial.org
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