Frieze Projects 2014: artisti selezionati

Jérôme Bel

Ed ecco giunto il comunicato sugli artisti selezionati per i progetti nella fiera di Frieze di quest'anno. Il programma pare alquanto stimolante, vediamo se si realizzeranno al meglio. 

Jonathan Berger 

Press release 
Frieze Projects at Frieze London 2014 will bring together seven new commissions, realised both at the fair and in a number of offsite locations around the city. Curated by Nicola Lees, Frieze Projects is the programme of artist commissions that takes place annually at Frieze London, and this year has a focus on artists whose practices intersect with other disciplines including dance, film and music. Many have been produced in collaboration with institutions across London and the UK, drawing attention to the working relationships that crisscross the cultural fabric of the city.

The artists participating in Frieze Projects at Frieze London 2014 are: Jérôme Bel with Dance Umbrella; Cerith Wyn Evans with ZSL London Zoo; Isabel Lewis with the ICA, London and Liverpool Biennial; Nick Mauss with Northern Ballet; Sophia Al Maria, Jonathan Berger and Tobias Madison.

At the fair, Nick Mauss will create a ‘living stage’ on which a new ballet will be performed each day. His first major dance work will be produced with Northern Ballet, with text and music performed live by Kim Gordon and Juliana Huxtable. Jonathan Berger will reassemble fragments from Andy Kaufman’s personal life and career, and restage a forgotten piece of music from Kaufman’s variety show at Carnegie Hall. Tobias Madison will construct an experiential environment in which visitors’ movements will be translated into light, while Sophia Al Maria carves out subliminal routes across the fair, pointing to potential conspiracies.

Offsite from the fair, Cerith Wyn Evans will locate a new work and performance in the heart of ZSL London Zoo. Isabel Lewis will host a series of ‘occasions’ throughout London, including one at the Old Selfridges Hotel, that play with the accepted behaviours between host and guest. In partnership with Dance Umbrella, Frieze Projects will bring Jérôme Bel’s acclaimed Disabled Theatre to London for the first time.

Nicola Lees said: ‘Frieze London continues to provide an exciting context for the commissioning of works that engage with the live dynamics of the fair. Dance and choreography have emerged as significant threads running though this year’s Projects programme, with artists exploring the dynamics between on-stage/back-stage, and the processes of rehearsal. Projects range from Jérôme Bel’s Disabled Theatre, a direct translation of the rehearsal en- vironment, to Nick Mauss’ ballet, described by collaborator Kim Gordon as “an ongoing rehearsal” for an unfinished work; and Cerith Wyn Evans has completely transported his stage to the Zoo. I am pleased that we’ve been able to collaborate with a diverse group of institutional partners to realise this year’s projects, and that the focus on performance will be further articulated through Frieze London’s first “Live” section of galleries.’

New to the fair in 2014 is the inaugural Frieze Artist Award, established to enable an emerging artist to present a site-specific work at Frieze London. The winner of this year’s award is Mélanie Matranga. This year’s fair also introduces ‘Live’, a new section of galleries in the fair dedicated to perfor- mance-based installations, selected by Nicola Lees.

Frieze Projects presents newly commissioned artworks by international artists, and gives an opportunity to realize ambitious ideas in an exceptional environment.

Frieze London takes place from the 15–18 October 2014. In 2014, Frieze London is sponsored by Deutsche Bank for the eleventh consecutive year.

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