18 september - 28 november 2010
밒n a world packed with countless biennials, triennials and the rest, this madcap event in liverpool remains distinctive and entertaining. the shows are scattered all over the city, often in pretty strange places, but the overall ambition ?to introduce british audiences to up-and-coming international artists and trends ?is adhered to excellently." the times
밚ike the fumes of the automobile and of heavy industry which befoul the urban atmosphere, the effusion of interpretations of art today poisons our sensibilities. in a culture whose already classical dilemma is the hypertrophy of the intellect at the expense of energy and sensual capability, interpretation is the revenge of the intellect upon art.?sup>1
touched presents artworks that affect the viewer through addressing a total context (mind, body and place: relatedness in space and time) artworks whose investment and inion in the particular and the personal affects the general and the social.
as with the last five international exhibitions for liverpool biennial, touched will consist of newly commissioned artworks made with sensitivity to the specifics of the place, time and audience of the exhibition, while originating in the artists?preoccupations with the state of the world and with their own personal obsessions. this is articulated in the concept of 멷mplacement? expanding the more common idea of embodiment. 밯hile the paradigm of 멷mbodiment?implies an integration of mind and body, the emergent paradigm of 멷mplacement?suggests the sensuous interrelationship of body-mind-environment.?sup>2
while the word touched suggests the contiguity and bodily presence that is involved in emplacement, it equally conjures the dynamic of affectivity in which the viewer is presented (brought to the present moment) with the artwork equally through the senses, intellect and emotions. this quality of presence starts with affect. once our emotions are engaged, the resultant disruption to our senses and thought processes makes change possible in our intellectual perspective, behaviour and relation to the world
both in physical and emotional terms, touched and touching are not simply 몊eparate orders of being in the world? but reversible conditions, coexisting in constant oscillation as in his famous example of one hand touching the other. perhaps crucially the visible and the invisible is an exercise to leave questioning open, not to reconstitute the subject apart from the object, the other, but to exist in and experience the ontological ambiguity of the 멹lesh?as both object and subject, body and world, art and city.
if you have questions about visiting this year's liverpool biennial, please direct them to email@example.com
liverpool is well connected - only two and a half hours from london, 100 minutes from birmingham and 40 minutes from manchester.
by taxi: make use of liverpool뭩 extensive black cab service or pre-book with mersey cabs (0151 238 1234) or intx cars (0151 727 7000).
albert dock, l3 4bb
open: tuesday뻊unday 10.00?7.50
closed mondays (except bank holiday mondays)
tel: +44 (0) 151 702 7400 www.tate.org.uk/liverpool
free entry / fully accessible