Your Chance to Participate in the 2013 Venice Biennale

by the-biennial-project 2. September 2012 13:07

     

Hi friends. 

Yes, it's that time of year again.

Time to start thinking about The Biennial Project's 2013 Venice Biennale Tour de Force...seven nights of art, art, and more art in, well, let's call it a pretty nice town.

And did we mention the parties?

The Venice Biennale - the world's largest Art Event, opens on June 1st 2013, with press preview days on May 29th, 30th, and 31st.
  
  
The Biennial Project 2013 Venice Biennale Tour will begin on May 30th - so that anyone who is interested in getting a press pass (it's not hard, and we can work with you to help you get one) can have some time to see the exhibits, meet the artists, and go to the insanely-cool pre-opening parties before the Biennale is officially open. With press credentials you also get in free everyday and can get friends in free too!
 
Here is where we will be staying:  

(This Residence is the perfect accommodation for a large group of people wishing to stay at the same place while having their own and individual privacy. The location could not be better, just footsteps off Campo San'Angelo, about 10 minutes away from San Marco, Rialto and the Accademia Bridge. The building is composed of 3 spacious apartments laid out on 4 floors in total.)

Click Here to see Our Fabulous Digs in Venice

Not bad huh?

The cost for this unforgetable trip will be between round $550 per person double occupancy for 7 nights.

For your ruples you will get a very well-organized trip and a one-of-a-kind experience with other fascinating artists, and an ability to promote your own work to an international audience. 
 
You do not have to participate in any Biennial Project antics if you are silly enough to prefer not to - but everyone MUST help out with the ridiculously cool party that the group will host - not so terribly unpleasant. 
 
We have spots for eighteen artists - with 14 spots already spoken for. So let us know right away if you want to be part of this amazing trip!!! 
 
To help you decide, here are excerpts from a few of the many reviews our artists wrote for the press after coming back from our trip last year:
 
 

"Where to start in trying to report back from the first week of a spectacle that represents the art world equivalent of the Super Bowl, Cannes Film Festival, and Mardi Gras rolled up all into one? First, by admitting that this huge city-wide production does undeniably include a fair portion of the narcissistic self-congratulation by pretentious bores and snobs that you imagine that it would. Then, by trying to explain that despite all the silly pomp and circumstance, the Venice Biennale is worth it, because of two crucial additional ingredients. One is a heart-breakingly beautiful city that deserves every one of it’s endless accolades, and remains deeply intoxicating despite hoards of tourists.

This is a city that is built on art and festival, and is easily up to the challenge of hosting planet earth’s biggest art circus.

The second is an intense focus on art and what art means that is not matched anywhere in the world. The closest experience I’d had to this prior to this trip was several years ago when I spent some time with actor friends at a Shakespeare festival. After a week of nonstop watching/thinking/talking all things Shakespearean, a friend leaned over and whispered mischievously that “the problem is, now we’ll think that Shakespeare matters”.

The Venice Biennale is this level of intensity raised a few orders of magnitude, and leaves you feeling that art might possibly still be relevant to the role of being human. For an artist, there is nothing like this. We few, we lucky few indeed.

So that’s what me and the band of artist siblings I traveled with are feeling now – the euphoria not yet dispelled by returning to stacks of unpaid bills and dirty laundry. That’s one good drug, and I’ll take it again the next chance I get."

Anna Salmeron, 2011 Venice Biennale, The Power and the Glory, DigBoston

 

"I’m in Venice – at last – and, with its subtle mists and roaring crowds, it does not disappoint. I have seen my first ineffable sunset and have had the various parts of my anatomy shoved by an indifferent attendant into an impossibly packed vaporetto. So I’m in Venice and pretty indiscriminately happy, wandering around the ‘back-behind’ of mobbed St. Mark’s Square, escaping from the sun and heat and screaming masses of people, who, as Henry James observed a century ago, should immediately leave and let me properly enjoy all this alone, when I happen on the big red “Biennale” pennant outside an old building, church, whatever, and enter, mostly just to get a rest. The place is dim, quiet, cool, and a bit of a ruin, stripped to its architectural bones, former function unrecognizable.  I climb the stairs to the loft and settle into a room-sized beanbag, and all I want or expect is about 15 minutes of peace. Luckily not to be had...

...Spectacle, you say? You bet. And I’d see it again. And, what’s more, it’s stayed with me and resonated this past month as no blockbuster movie has ever been able to do. One other point, about going to Venice.  Getting there cost an obscene amount of money and was a hard thing to decide to do in these times.  For anyone who still contemplates the purchase of, say, that big screen TV or latest i-thing, using the logic that these things are tangible and lasting whereas some vacation will be over in a matter of weeks, 

my advice is to go for the real lasting thing, the trip.

True, I saw some really bad art, ate some mediocre food, was roasted, stomped on, and drenched by torrential rains, but this show alone (and it wasn’t alone in its wondrousness, ref. Swiss, German, Polish, and British Pavilions) was worth the price of admission. When the electronic objects are nothing but additions to the recycle bin, I’ll still have the Biennale and the aging Disney marvel that is Venice."   

Charlene Liska, 2011 VENICE BIENNALE: THE CLOUD OF UNKNOWING, DigBoston

"When I look at art, I am unreasonable. I want it to ravish me, delight me. I want a revelation. Naturally, I am usually disappointed. But the Venice exhibition “New Chinese Art After the Cold War” left me exuberant and panting for more. I wish you could have been there."

Shelah Horvitz, Atlantic Works at Venice Biennale, DigBoston

 

That's all for now comrades -

see you in Venice!

XXOO,

(your favorite travel planners)

The Biennial Project

 

 

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Checking in on The 18th Sydney Biennial

by the-biennial-project 29. August 2012 20:51

 

Just as there are Biennales all over the globe, The Biennial Project has collaborators across the oceans. One of our ‘mates’ is Marlene Sarroff who resides in Australia . Marlene is one of those special artists who just does it. She proved this to us at last year’s Venice Biennale by coming to stay with us, The Biennial Project, without having ever met us in person. She co-habituated with us only knowing our reputation (which might keep the shyer artist away) and instantly became part of The Biennial Project.

Not only did she take the opportunity to witness the best art in the world, get rowdy at the most fabulous parties and brighten up our Villa, Marlene had the good fortune to watch a top international prositute make ‘a date’ on skype right in the middle of the lobby of The Hotel Danelli.

If you think you can handle us, stimulating art, fashionable parties and world class hookers keep reading our blog and our facebook page to see how you can join us and elevate your hip factor by coming to The opening week of The 55th Venice Biennale this June.

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Anyhow seeing how important and far-reaching our blog is Marlene wanted to share with you a little of The 18th Sydney Biennial (which also happens to be her hometown). In this article Marlene educates you on Maria Fernanda Cardoso and Ross Rudesch Harley’s MUSEUM OF COPULATORY ORGANS (MoCo) 2012

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THE MUSEUM OF COPULATORY ORGANS (MoCo) 2012

by Marlene Sarroff

Cockatoo Island is one of four sites chosen for the 18th Biennale of
Sydney
. A small island in Sydney Harbor, steeped in early history, with

large cavernous spaced buildings originally built for shipbuilding and coupled
with remnants of convict history and an undulating topography makes for
intriguing spacial opportunities for artists.

The shipyards former workshops are a perfect museum-like setting to present Maria Fernando Cardosa’s Museum of Copulatory Organs, (MoCo), a selection of scientific models (3D and 2D) and photographs of insect genitalia, together with a film,
Stick Insects most intimate moments.

Originally from Colombia, now living and working in Sydney, she is inspired
by the animal and natural world. She is best known for her flea circus,
whose smallest show on earth became a hit more than a decade ago, when she
discovered the curious yet beautiful plant-like forms in insect genitalia,
which then lead to a PhD at Sydney University on the study of insect
genitalia
- The Aesthetics of Reproductive Morphology.

Whilst  Cardosa¹s work is placed within the context of art, much of her practice demonstrates a link between the disciplines of art and science. It raises the question of what makes this art and not science? It is perhaps largely a matter of framing the work in the context of such an exhibition.

Evolution has made this collection of dazzling shapes and reproductive devices, however, it takes the artist to make it become visible.


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Along with collaborator Ross Rudesch Harley, Cardosa has created an
orthodox natural history museum encompassing her entire collection of
objects -featuring scientific sculptures modeled from glass, metal and
waxy 3D printed resin. MoCo’s extraordinary pieces are created using
scanning electron microscope imaging to magnify and photograph the tiny
appendages
.

These black and white photos, which are a part of the exhibition
are then transformed into large resin and glass sculptures. Cardoso and
Harley understand the humorous aspect to their work. The exhibitions title
references the male obsession with penis size and is intentionally
provocative, playful and ultimately true in relation to insects. 

They invite the viewer to consider the beauty of these sculptural forms, rendered
with scientific precision as they exist in nature.  The collection of the
insect genitalia, featuring reproductive tracts and penises is wide ranging
from the beautifully modeled insect and snail spermatozoa, sex organs of the
female fruit fly, to the penis of the daddy-long-legs. The viewer would not
be mistaken in thinking that a lot of animal species are promiscuous,
especially insects and some species which often compete with each other - their
penises including hooks to remove sperm from previous matings.

Video work and 3D prototypes displayed on small LCD displays are part of new media artist Harley’s contribution.

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The vast collection has been accumulating over several years of study. It is
not hard to understand the artist¹s fascination with the subject: a close
examination of these miniscule organs reveals an endless morphological
variety  - all serving a function, including ensuring successful attachment.

The installation gives us insights into worlds known only to scientists and our
perception is compounded by the unbelievable, yet exotic display of nature
as we have never seen it before. ‘It is a celebration of the diversity of
life’ Cardosa says.

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Artist StatementMaria Fernanda Cardoso

Genitalia are confined to the last two segments of the abdomen, and flea
copulation has been hailed as one of the wonders of the insect world. The
male, normally much smaller than his mate, slides beneath her from behind,
embraces her back-to-belly with his antennae and softly caresses her
genitalia. Then his tail curls up like a scorpion¹s and he penetrates her
with what Brendan Lehane calls the most elaborate genital armature yet
known. The male, he writes, possesses two penis rods, curled together like
embracing snakes. Inside his body, the smaller rod moves outwards lambently,
catching delicate skeins of sperm and moving it into a groove on the larger
longer rod. Then the whole phallic coil slides out from this sensitive rear,
the large rod enters the female and guides the thinner along beside it. The
thin rod continues inwards, eventually depositing its sperm and withdrawing.
Any engineer looking objectively at such a fantastically impractical
apparatus would bet heavily against its operational success writes
entomologist Miriam Rothschild, the astonishing fact is that it works.    

                                                                                                                                               

There you go - everything you always wanted to know about insect copulation!

XXOO, The Biennial Project


  

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Free Pussy Riot

by the-biennial-project 18. August 2012 15:31

by Martha McCollough, for The Biennial Project

 Pussy_Riot.jbig “Only in Russia do they respect poetry. They even kill you for it.” —Osip Mandelstam.


The “crime”: 

 

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The “criminals”:

Pussy Riot. “we realized that this country needs a militant, punk-feminist, street band that will rip through Moscow's streets and squares, mobilize public energy against the evil crooks of the Putinist junta and enrich the Russian cultural and political opposition with themes that are important to us: gender and LGBT rights, problems of masculine conformity, absence of a daring political message on the musical and art scenes, and the domination of males in all areas of public discourse.”

Interview with Pussy Riot

http://www.vice.com/read/A-Russian-Pussy-Riot

(This interview is a must-read.)

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 The charge: Hooliganism?!

What is hooliganism and why could a conviction put Pussy Riot in prison for seven years? 

“any deliberate behaviour which violates public order and expresses explicit disrespect towards the society."

This law was often used by Soviet authorities against political dissidents and clearly still comes in handy.

Sounds like a punk band’s job description, and the kind of activity politically aware artists everywhere should be ready to embrace.


What did they actually say?


“The protest song Virgin Mary, redeem us of Putin was performed in Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow on 21 February 2012 by several members of the feminist Pussy Riot group with their faces covered in balaclavas.

The song calls on Virgin Mary to become a feminist and banish Vladimir Putin. It also criticizes the dedication and support shown to Putin by some representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church.

It was one of a number of performances intended as a protest against Vladimir Putin in the run-up to Russia's presidential elections in March.”

—Amnesty International

Read the Amnesty International article 


Where are they now?

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Maria Alekhina, Ekaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who are accused of “hooliganism on the grounds of religious hatred” have now been behind bars for months —Amnesty International


Check this statement by one of the prosecutors: "All the defendants talked about being feminists and said that is allowed in the Russian Orthodox church," said Yelena Pavlova, a lawyer for several of the nine
complainants who claimed they were insulted by Pussy Riot's performance.

"This does not correspond with reality. Feminism is a mortal sin." [Prosecutors] also argued that the leader of the church, Patriarch Kirill, had been personally insulted and was "not just an ordinary citizen".

(read an article on Madonna support for Pussy Riot).

 

The treatment Pussy Riot has received suggests that Russia is sliding back into dictatorship, with Putin, their main target, as untouchable strong man, supported by a religious institution so patriarchal its leader is known as The Patriarch.

Their trial is only one of many example of how the Russian justice system is being abused by the powerful, but artists everywhere need to show solidarity with Pussy Riot.

There are parts of the United States where fundamentalists are attempting to institute functional theocracy. The religious right has a history of attempting to silence artists, from Andre Serrano to Robert Mapplethorpe. As their political power increases, will artists begin to self-censor in order to be able to show their work? Have they
already?

The attention Pussy Riot has is receiving has turned their incarceration into a PR problem for Putin and the Russian Orthodox church. Both the church hierarchy and Vladimir Putin have said they believe Pussy Riot should be treated with leniency. Attentive to the wishes of their master, prosecutors are asking for three years imprisonment for Pussy Riot.

The “verdict”:

All three women were found guilty this Friday by a Moscow court and sentenced to two years in a penal colony. The judge declared that the women posed a danger to society and had  committed “grave crimes” including “the insult and humiliation of the Christian faith”.

Russian chess champion Gary Kasparov arrested protesting the Pussy Riot verdict

 

 

Russian chess champion Gary Kasparov arrested protesting the Pussy Riot verdict.

 

 

This conviction follows several recently passed laws cracking down on opposition to Putin, including one that raises the fine for participating in “unauthorized” demonstrations by 150 times to 300,000 rubles (about $9,000). On the same day as the Pussy Riot sentence was handed down, a Russian court continued the ban on Gay Pride events for the next 100 years.

The Orthodox Church, whose primate Patriarch Kirill is closely allied with the Putin regime, said in a statement after the verdict that the band's stunt was a "sacrilege". The Patriarch also stated that he forgives the “girls” and is praying for them to change their ways, while noticeably not asking for a pardon.

Pussy Riot’s lawyers plan an immediate appeal.


You need to help Pussy Riot

to defend free speech in Russia.

Go to

Amnesty International Pussy Riot Campaign

http://www2.amnesty.org.uk/blogs/sms-action-network/pussy-riot


to find out what you can do.


And in case you think Pussy Riot are a bunch of silly twats who don’t deserve your support and are only getting noticed because of their stupid name, a) you are an asshole, and b) Here’s a link that’s serious as a heart-attack. Happy now?

serious as a heart attack article

http://chtodelat.wordpress.com/2012/08/09/support-pussy-riot-by-all-means-but-support-the-kazakh-oil-workers-too/

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The Social Event of the Summer Season

by the-biennial-project 13. August 2012 15:47

Critics agree – Bizarre Artist Happenings is the social event of the season!

One can’t truly claim to have summered in Boston without having experienced the multimedia phantasm that is The Biennial Project’s Bizarre Artist Happenings.” Clea Saharoli, noted art critic and curator

Warholian”, Boston Phoenix

“Did you ever feel like you were missing out on all the fun?  Well, if you weren’t at the Biennial Project’s Bizarre Artist Reception this Thursday then you’re correct to think so.”  Stephanie Arnett, critic, and star of the blogosphere

Well-attended”, Boston Globe

They’ll be talking about this one in Berlin for a while”, Alec Onsemska, film critic

Freakin bizarre”, Erica Femino, style icon

“With its summer show at Atlantic Works, the Biennial Project makes a serious effort to satisfy your minimum monthly requirement of horny Boy Scouts, opium-smoking eccentrics, circus freaks, aging hippies, lumberjacks, and sex workers. Even if you missed the opening party…come to the closing reception: Aug 16, 7-10, Martha McCollough, Boston’s Reigning Hippest Person

Free Beer, then more free beer”, Michael St. Germain, the most interesting artist in the world

No Joke – just look at the press we got!

Boston Globe on Bizarre Artist Happenings

More Boston Globe on Bizarre Artist Happenings

Still More Boston Globe on Bizarre Artist Happenings

Boston Globe Pick of the Day for Bizarre Artist Happenings

Boston Phoenix on Bizarre Artist Happenings

Boston Phoenix Pick of the Week for Bizarre Artist Happenings

The Art Blogs on Bizarre Artist Happenings

More Art Blogs on Bizarre Artist Happenings

NOW, If you missed the opening, don’t despair – we’re having another awesome event this very Thursday Aug 16 from 7-10PM.

Bizarre Artist Happenings Pajama Party!

Sleepovers are the perfect alibi for youth around the world.

Tell your parents you are spending the night at your bestie's house and prepare for a night of debauchery and teenage fulfillment. Don't miss one of the last hot parties of the summer of 2012!! Let's show Hugh Hefner how its done in 2012!

Come to the sexy closing party for The Biennial Project's Closing Reception for their show 'Bizarre Artist Happenings' Music being created by DJ Dylan Jones and venue is The Atlantic Works Gallery.

You are encouraged but not required to show off your skimpiest or most comfortable sleep ware. Pillow fights, bedtime stories and steamy sex are encouraged. This also happens to be Madonna's 54 birthday so give the old whore from Detroit some honor and heighten your level of hedonism with us.

Don’t Miss it!!!!!!!!!

 

Here are some great moments from our opening party!

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Hell yes it was crazy!

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With TONS of people!

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And LOTS of LOVE for Biennial

Project ICONS Anna and Eric!

 

Love ME Love MY Work by Mitchel Ahern

 

Plus amazing live Performance

and Super Excellent Moving Images!

 

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Many gorgeous Fashionistas!

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And let us not forget the

U.S. Launch of The Biennial Project’s

Signature Fragrance STAR OF VENICE!

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The U.S. Launch of STAR OF VENICE

 

 More Art World Glitterati!

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They LOVE us in North Korea!

They love us in North Korea!

 

 

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And Mark Peterson jurying our

Art with the Stars Photo Contest as

well as winning Best Performance

of the evening!

 

Mark Sends a Shoutout to Dads Everywhere!

 

 Ok, kids that’s it for now.

See you this Thursday!!!

 

 

 

 

Bizarre Artist Happenings Pajama Party!!!

 

Photo by Grandmaster Paul Weiner,

Eric Hess, Jaymes Leavitt,

Schon-Ray M. Joseph, Levi Camacho,

and Anna Salmeron

       

Video by Branden Harrington, Eric Hess,

Stephanie Arnett, Charlene Liska,

Mitchel Ahern, and Anna Salmeron

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Global Biennial Digest August

by the-biennial-project 3. August 2012 13:54

So with the entire world following the opening of The Biennial Project's new
show ‘Bizarre Artist Happenings’ we feel that in respect to our fellow
creators we should update you, our readers, on some of the other
Biennial/Biennales taking place this summer. We will even highlight a few
that you can enter yourself including The upcoming Boston Biennial and next
year's Boston on-line Biennale.

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First off, we wish we could have made an appearance at the Venice Beach
Biennale brought to you by The Hammer Museum in sunny Los Angeles CA. Years
ago, when we barely knew the ins and outs of the art fair circuit, we found
ourselves on Venice Beach thinking for sure this was the location for the
world renowned Venice Biennale. I mean Venice Beach not only reeks of
marijuana but it reeks of hipness, coolness and creativity. We simply could
not have imagined that ‘the’ prestigious art event would happen in a
decaying, sinking, outdated city in some far away land. We asked many people
where the Gioardini was located but we were always pointed to the many ‘Dr.
offices and medical facilities’ that line the Venice Beach boardwalk. Who
says that the US health system is in trouble? There are ‘Dr. offices’ on
every block filled with patients from every walk of life. They all seem to
offer a cure-all magic prescription known as ‘Medical Marijuana’ and it
helps everything from glaucoma, to stress headaches and numerous mental
illnesses. This cure all seems to be accessible to all without any long
nasty insurance forms to deal with. Any enough with that, The Venice Beach
Biennale was special because it not only ‘high’lighted famous artists such
as Barbara Kruger, Evan Holloway, Katie Grinnan and Nick Herman but it
represented the artists who show on the boardwalk each and every day. The
Venice Beach Biennale was shown in conjunction with The Hammer Museum¹s
’Made in LA’ Biennial, which is running this summer.
http://hammer.ucla.edu/exhibitions/detail/exhibition_id/216

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The Santorini Biennale of Arts is taking place on that somewhat scenic
island in Greece. The Biennale is the idea of artist, designer and economist
Kikos Papadopoulos; supported by the Municipality of Thera, the Estia
Association of Pyrgos, and the Santorini of the Past Cultural Village in
Pyrgos. This season you may want to redirect your yacht on your summer¹s
Mediterranean cruise and skip Cefalu (I mean we all know Turkish ports are
so last year) and return to the 'vintage cool' destination of Santorini. As
well as having put on a great art show with a list of artists too vast to
repeat, The Santorini Biennale has one of the best and most personable
twitter feeds out there. They are always tweeting us, The Biennial Project,
and we are always excited to tweet them back as well as retweet their twats.

For more information on this biennale go to www.santorinibiennale.gr/
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So you are enjoying your summer and seeing great art at The Sydney Biennial,
Documenta and Manifesta. Let's not forget that September is approaching fast
and you don't want to get stuck without plans. September is a good time to
travel and see art because those pesky little ingrates, known as children,
are back at school. No more having to push away an entire clan who are
trying to ‘expose’ the young ones to culture while they refuse to look up
from their electronic mobile devises. At The Whitstable Biennale you will be
granted the space an adult should have. Nowhere on the venue's website do
they mention what country Whitstable is located in but we think it is
England just outside on London. We know there are one or two events taking
place in London this summer of some importance but at the moment all we can
think of is this Biennale. We also can not find any information on their
website that lists what artists are showing but it¹s a Biennale so its got
to be great. The Whitsable Biennale is also on twitter and that makes them
cool. So to find out 'some information’ on this mysterious but happening
Biennale please go to http://www.whitstablebiennale.com.

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So we told you we would list a biennale or two that you can enter to become
world famous artists much like ourselves. II you follow us on Facebook, and
we know you do, because why wouldn't you, you would see the frequent
Biennale/Biennial opportunities we post for you. For those of you that are
too lazy or stupid to read our Facebook page we'll let you know here of one
or two art shows you can present at.

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First there is The University of Hawaii ­Hilo: 2012 Pacific States Biennial
National Print Exhibition. This exhibit is open only to US residents and
residents of the US territories. We really hope all our fans in The US
Virgin Islands, America Samoa and The Federated States of Micronesia read
this and WIN!! Our territories which also include Puerto Rico, Palau and The
Midway islands all sound like warm, tropical paradises and we would love an
invitation to one of these places if the winning artist enters because they
read it in our blog. Hell even if you don¹t win and have a futon near the
beach we will visit you. So all you artists on The Marshall Islands go to
http://bayareaartgrind.com/2012/06/09/call-for-encall-for-entries-university
-of-hawaii-hilo-2012-pacific-states-biennial-national-print-exhibition/
and
enter by October 1sst.


Entries for The Kaunas Biennial, entitled "Unitext" are due by September 15th.
The 9th Kaunas Biennial UNITEXT will create conditions for immediate
collisions of an artwork and a spectator, allowing the experience of art as
a universal text. Curators of the exhibition together with artists will
pursue a concept that is new and unfamiliar in a cultural context and will
consolidate it by presenting practical examples. We will go into the
question of a unitext, which is the latest link in work -> text -> intertext
-> hypertext -> unitext semiotic chain of a philosophic / art criticism /
artistic field.

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Those Lithuanians certainly do not beat around the bush and get right to he
point of what you should create. If the theme wasn't enticing enough we know
That The Most Interesting Artist in The World, formally known as Michael St.
Germain, showed in Kauunas in 2005 before he became as famous and as
interesting as he is today. For more information for this biennale taking
place in Lithuania's second largest city please go to
http://www.bienale.lt/2011/?p=2163&lang=en

We cannot wait for information to be released for 21st INTERNATIONAL
BIENNIAL OF HUMOUR AND SATIRE IN THE ARTS /IBHSA/ - GABROVO 2013!  That is
one we plan to dominate in ourselves. If you feel, as we do that the Biennial
Project should be the center of attention at this Bulgarian Biennale by all
means let them know.

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Finally stay tuned for the details to two of the earth's, hell the solar
system's biggest art events. One being the Boston Biennial being held in
Boston this December as in 2012. Secondly The 2nd Boston Online Biennial
will be held later this spring with another fabulous reception being held
the opening weekend of The Venice Biennale, in fucking Venice, again. Keep
reading our blog, our twitter and our facebook for details.

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Also stay tuned for our Global Biennial Project collaborators to update you
on the art they saw this summer. We are hoping Marlene Sarnoff will tell us
all about the Sydney Biennale or that Tom Estes might write about the
artistic happening around that little sporting event taking place in his
town of London right now. We also sent our very own Charlene Liska across
the pond this summer as an envoy todOCUMENTA(13) and Manifesta The European Biennial of Contemporary Art..

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Guys We’d F**k - #2

by the-biennial-project 24. July 2012 17:40

by Shanda von Shtupper – a Biennial Project Artist

It has come to my attention that people think the Biennial Project would fuck anyone.

Nothing could be farther from the truth.

We may be sluts but we are sluts with taste.

So I would like to expound on what makes a man fuckable.

Contrary to popular belief, a bulging wallet does not make a man fuckable. It may help but a really sexy man does not need money.

A six-pack abdomen helps but a really sexy man does not need a six-pack abdomen.

So what makes a man fuckable?

To explore this special je-ne-sais-quoi, let’s come up with a short list of Guys We’d Fuck:

1. My top contender for Guys We’d Fuck is Arthur Rimbaud 

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He’s the most fuckable man in history.

 

 

 

 

       Alexander-the-Great-Statue 

 

 

 

2. Second most fuckable man in history is Alexander the Great.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do these men have in common?

They’re gay, they’re really good-looking, and they’re dead.

So evidently we have a thing for formerly good-looking but now-dead gay men.

Being alive and female, that makes us kind of screwed, or not screwed as the case may be. Let us proceed.

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3. Third most fuckable man is David Bowie. A bisexual man with the benefit of being still alive.

 

 

 

 

 

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  4. Fourth most fuckable man is John Lennon. Another dead man with the benefit of not being gay.

 

 

 

We have doubled our sampling and gotten no closer to getting laid. Especially because Iman and Yoko would string us up by our nipples if they caught us, and that would not be as much fun as it sounds.

However, this sampling is starting to display a trend: we like our men daring, brilliant, and with an obsession for seizing their freedom at all costs.

In other words, we love narcissists.

We love men who are amazingly creative and intelligent and brilliant and nothing – particularly not us – would ever get in their way.

We love men who would not leave their toothbrushes in our bathrooms.

We love men we can’t trust.

We love men who leave us guessing like a bunch of 13-year olds, “Do you think he likes me?”

Another thing about these men is that they are completely unreachable.

They’re either dead or famous. Doesn’t that leave us completely safe from rejection!

OK, is there anyone who’s straight and available that we would consider fucking? Let me think.

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Oh there was that really cute 18-year old with the really slim hips that walked by a second ago.

He would be a “keep your mouth shut honey, don’t ruin the mystery” fuck, but would we keep him around for more than a week?

Even if we could get him to want us for more than a week?

Look what Ashton did to Demi!

Are you nuts?

No really, let’s be serious. Let’s be drop-dead serious. Is there anyone we know we would consider fucking?

Or more to the point, which is why you’re reading this, would we fuck YOU?

 

Well we would if you were brilliant, gay, handsome, and dead.

 

 

XXOO, The Biennial Project

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Countdown to Bizarre Artist Happenings!!!

by the-biennial-project 17. July 2012 07:29

 

The opening of The Biennial Project’s HUGE Summer Show is only 2 DAYS AWAY! It’s like waiting for Christmas – only with way more work to do! Today we finished the hanging – and the quality and diversity of the work in this show is incredible.  Here are a few Sneak Previews from the hanging!!!

 

Guru Mitchel Ahern meditating next to his piece!

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Directice of ALL Things Olfactory Samantha Marder getting ready for the US Launch of Star of Venice!!!!!

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The Most Interesting Artist in the World – aka Michael St. Germain - hanging his work!

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Kristen Freitas putting the final touches on her ground-breaking assemblage!!

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John Kennard with his meaningful AND beautiful work!!!

 

The opening THIS THURSDAY NIGHT JULY 19TH FROM 7 TO 10PM will be SO VERY OVER THE TOP – even by our over-the-top standards.

There will be a real red carpet, with real celebrity photographers snapping pic’s of the arriving crowds.

There will be a real award-winning photographer inside composing pictures of the guests with the Biennial Project life-size cutouts! With LOTS AND LOTS of real prizes for best shots with the cutouts.

There will be a real good-looking man-person bar tending topless all night.

There will be real performative art by many of Boston’s best real performance artists.

There will be all the city’s hippest artists and glitterati decked out in their coolest art duds.

There will be SWAG!!!!!

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The event of the summer of 2012. It will be one of those things you will always recall with affection or horror when you remember the Summer of 2012. COME TO OUR OPENING THIS THURSDAY JULY 19th or LIVE WITH REGRET!!!! Atlantic Works Gallery, 80 Border Street, East Boston, MA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fan of the Month July 2012

by the-biennial-project 8. July 2012 17:23

 

 

This month’s Fan of the Month is one of the coolest artists around – Kelly Jo Shows. She’s really just too amazing, and if she weren’t also so super nice we would be kinda jealous of her. OK, we admit, we are still jealous of her, but in a good way.                  

                                                                                                                                                

She lives in one of The Biennial Project’s Favorite Towns – Kennebunk Maine (a frequent vacation spot for creative types like us), and she has the house and studio of our dreams. It’s totally gorgeous, and chock full of her awesome artwork. And she has rabbits! And ducks!

 

 

She has this cool series of paintings called “Sole of the Artist". Here’s how she describes them: “This is a unique and untraditional collection of portraits. Rather than focusing on the face of the artist, I'm painting different scale images of their shoes. Shoes tell a lot about a person and they speak volumes about the lives we lead. They develop a character over the years & become a visual roadmap to the experiences you have had and the places you have traveled. I'm interested in capturing that character.”

                    

 

                                                                                                         She’s painted lots of interesting artist’s shoes – including some really famous ones! (Not that things like that matter to us here at Biennial Project Productions, but if they did, how about Ed Ruscha and William Wegman for starters?) And, you guessed it, The Biennial Project is proud to be counted among the soles that Kelly Jo has collected! Check out the BEAUTIFUL painting at the lower left – or BETTER YET, meet Kelly Jo and see this gorgeous paintingat the upcoming Bizarre Artist Happenings presented by The Biennial Project opening July 19th at Atlantic Works Gallery!

 

 

   

 

 

Here’s to you Kelly Jo –

ridiculously talented artist,

super cool person,

animal lover,

and Biennial Project Fan!

 

 

Check out more of Kelly Jo’s work at:

http://www.fearnoart.net/

 

And don’t forget to come to The Show of the Season!

Invite to Bizarre Artist Happenings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Biennial Project Does The 2012 Whitney Biennial

by the-biennial-project 19. June 2012 11:39

Its been 2 months since the opening of The 2012 Whitney Biennial and
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As usual, there were so many old friends to say hi to and many new Biennial
Project admirers
to pay our respects to. In this weeks blog we’d like to
share with you some our experiences of some of the more dynamic people we
partied with at the opening reception of the 2012 Whitney Biennial.
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First off, we want to give a shout out to our main supporter in the press,
Jerry Saltz. Being such a busy evening it was stroke of good fortune that we
bumped into the senior art critic and a columnist for New York Magazine
while leaving the event. It would not seem like a complete biennial without
catching up with our old friend Jerry, who was the sole advisor for the 1995
Whitney Biennial.
In spite of the cold drizzle of late winter NYC we spent
some quality time conferring with Jerry, who is also our favorite judge on
Bravo TV’s ‘Work of Art’
. We learned that he has been praising The Biennial
Project
for being maniacs and then he asked us for our highly regarded
refrigerator magnet. Jerry, who is the senior art critic for the New York
Times
, sees our magnets in all of the most important kitchens in Manhattan
while attending high profile salons. We gave him two and apologized for the
oversight.

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Earlier in the evening we were able to catch up with cutie-putie filmmaker
and Rupaul Drag Race uber-fan Michael Robinson. Mike was there to present
his film ‘These Hammers Don¹t Hurt Us’, footage of Elizabeth Taylor’s 1963
Hollywood epic Cleopatra is seamlessly combined with images of Michael
Jackson’s
mid-1990s Egyptmania, culminating in a mesmerizing phantasmagoria
of hypnotic color strobe.’
Mikey also showed  ‘Line Describing Your Mom’ its
title a cheeky nod to Anthony McCall’s canonical ‘solid-light’ film Line
Describing a Cone (1974)-sets altered footage of amateur liturgical
choreography to the sounds of a woman’s You Tube confessional.
Biennial Project member Eric Hess secretly has a major crush on Michael!
Eric follows him around because he is a handsome, young artist who might be
very well hung. Michael smells fantastic. Eric also watches over Michael because he shares the same twisted perception of pop culture. Eric also believes in predetermined
destiny
. He knows he and Mikey and he will be bonded in this lifetime and
the next. If not eternal afterlife together hopefully they will at least hook up some weekend. Michael, if you are reading this, and we know you are, Eric would love to spend a weekend, or eternal lifetime in bed with you ‘snuggling’ and watching marathons of ‘Rupaul’s Drag Race’. He apologizes for that incident in Toronto last autumn and feels that theBelgium restraining order won’t matter outside of the EU. It could be fresh
new start to a beautiful, creative, adventurous existence together!!!!!!Michael, If you
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Speaking of spending a weekend in bed, Biennial Project member Anna Salmeron
was quoted as saying that she would love to ‘swim in the lady pond’ with
Nicole Eisenman after first seeing her inspiring painting then gabbing with
her for a bit on the 4th floor dance floor. The Biennial Project, often gets
misquoted. It is the price of fame. Anna never-ever said this. She is very
happy with her current partner, painter Bo Petran!! Anna did in fact say,
that after meeting Nicole and sharing some light hearted, witty banter,
’that if her life had to be different she could see herself living as a
lesbian in Brooklyn and that she would love to take a dip in the
lady
infinity pool
with Ms. Eisenman’
. Everybody knows Anna does not like the
slimy, muddy, creature lined floor of natural outdoor swimming. The Biennial
Project
very much enjoyed spending time with Nicole and her friends and
thought her paintings were one of the highlights of the entire 2012 Whitney
Biennial.
Anna also promises to take her meds everyday as well.

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Another life we’d like to adopt is the life of Liz Deschenes. Liz is a
photographer who teaches at Bennington College in VT. Anna and Eric both
came forth in the art world originally as photographers and Bennington
College
is one of the coolest little schools we know of. The Biennial
Project
loves, loves, loves The Green Mountains of Vermont. One of the
highlights of last summer, after our appearance at The 54th Venice Biennale,
was a lovely swim in a pond, during sunset, in Bennington VT. This was not
necessarily a ‘lady pond’ and Anna minded the dogs while Eric took the
actual swim but it was still a memorable afternoon. We loved Liz’s
photograms at The Whitney Biennial so much that Anna said that if things
ever went south with Bo or Nicole she would definitely like to assist Liz in
’the Darkroom’ being that Bennington probably has no infinity pool.

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Well, there were so many other people to gossip about that you had better
keep your eyes open for future blog posting on our favorite subject -us at
Biennales.
We’ll tell you the story of how Dawn Casper wouldn’t sign her
trading card because we listed that she lived at one time at 545 Terrill
Avenue in Los Angeles, CA 90042. She doesn’t even live there anymore and
even if we wanted to stalk her we know where to find her -at The Whitney
until the end of May. No ‘lady pond dipping’ with Dawn, not with us anyhow.
We want to tell you about the time we spent with New Hampshire born
international art rock star Tom Este whose work was seen all over The
Whitney
. We can¹t wait to tell you how we did not take Lutz Bacher photo
because she does not want her photo taken. We would have respected her space
even if Peter, from Alex Zachary Peter Curri Gallery didn’t try to prove his
relevance as her gallerina by steppin’ in. We want to show you LaToya Ruby
Frazier
beautiful gown proving that she looks just as good in her cloths as
she does without. Another lady pond candidate for Anna? We can’t wait to
gossip with you about Nick Mausse and is boyfriend and how great Wu Tsang’s
hair looked that night. We also plan on sharing how we took time out from
the festivities and our limited time with our associates to Skype with Red
Crayola
who were in Cali and could not attend the events.

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Bizzare Artist Happening

by the-biennial-project 19. June 2012 11:25

at Atlantic Works Gallery

 

 

Artists:

Eric Hess, Anna Salmeron, Mitchel Ahern, Dell Hamilton, SamanthaMarder, Michael St. Germain, Erica Femino, Marlene Sarroff,Tom Estes, Martha McCollough, Kelly Jo Shows, Sonia Domkorova, Matt Keller, Bo Petran, Branden Harrington and Paul Weiner

As featured by Ben Lewis in his TateShots video of the 2011
Venice Biennale, (http://www.tate.org.uk/contextcomment/
video/tateshots-venice-biennale-2011), The Biennial
Project
mobilizes a posse of shit-kicking international artists for
Bizarre Artist Happenings. Expect a rousing good time with
The Biennial Project’s cast of loonies, ne’er-do-wells, circus freaks,
sex-workers, debutantes, opium-smoking rich eccentrics, aging hippies, pill popping
Moms, gender rebels, lumberjacks, the gays, cold-hearted euro trash, dreadlocked trustifarians, horny Boy Scouts, gamers and burners, addicts and of course "’Americas' Next Top Models’.
This far-ranging show includespainting, photography, video, multi-media,
installation and of course the performative antics
the world has come to
expect from The Biennial Project, such as:
- The US Introduction of The Biennial Project's signature perfume, Star of
Venice
, designed by artist Samantha Marder.
-An elegant portrait of The Biennial Project’s shoes by Maine painter Kelly
Jo Shows
.
- "Death in Venice," a moving photo essay on the water burial of The
Biennial Project’s effigies
in the Venetian canals staged as part of the
2011 Venice Biennale and produced by noted Australian artist Marlene
Sarroff.
- Participatory Artistic Focus Groups, organized by The Biennial Project
Head of Marketing and Research, Michael St.Germain.
Exhibition Dates: July 19­ until August 18, 2012
Location:Atlantic Works Gallery, 80 Border Street, 3rd floor, East Boston,
MA
Opening Reception: Thursday July 19th 7­-10pm
Closing Reception: Thursday August 16th 7­-10pm
ATLANTIC WORKS GALLERY
is East Boston¹s Collaborative Space for Art and
Ideas.
Established in 2003, it is a member-operated gallery located on the top
floor of 80 Border Street on the waterfront. It is T-accessible (Maverick
stop on the Blue Line) and there is usually ample parking. For detailed
directions, information about members, future shows, etc., please see
atlanticsworks.org.
Press contact: For more information or to schedule a private press viewing,
please call Anna Salmeron at 617-913-1832 or email at
annasalmeron@comcast.net.

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