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A HEARTWARMING TALE FOR THE HOLIDAYS

by the-biennial-project 25. December 2013 14:24

So the other night we had perhaps one too many at one of the Glittering Art Soirees that are mandatory this time of year, and got to chatting with artist friends about the Roadshow Biennial Marfa that The Biennial Project is hosting this coming April.

One of our co-conspirators, who had had, if we are to be entirely honest, perhaps two too many, suggested that we should ask our favorite art critic Jerry Saltz to jury the show with us.

At the time this sounded like just the most daring and Biennial Project thing to do, so we agreed with said co-conspirator that he should chat the old boy up and see if he was game.

What a surprise then when we awakened the next day to find that the aforementioned co-conspirator had face-booked his friend Jerry and asked him to jury our show.

Egad we thought - what would ever have given him the idea to do such a thing? What could he have been thinking? Seriously, that man drinks too much.

But as it happens around the holidays, everything happens for a purpose, and the purpose is always good.

And the purpose of our little adventure was to confirm that Sir Jerry Saltz is indeed not only the best major critic writing in the English language today, but also just the nicest and most decent famous person out there.

Not only did he answer our sorry little asses (OK, maybe not SO little this time of year), but he gave us a rejection letter that surely will reign forever as the most goddamned sweet rejection letter of all time.

Herewith:

On Wednesday, December 18, 2013 11:37 PM, Jerry Saltz wrote:

I want to – but I am so so so busy these days.

NYM is stopping publishing weekly and going bi-weekly; means MORE on-line writing for me; Whitney Biennial is March, etc., etc.

I am poor; you are poor: Bad match.

You don’t have enough to pay me. I can’t work for less than I charge – which is WAY more than you have.

I LOVE being asked; your lives there are so so much bigger than mine here.

I truly envy you all for these lives lived in art…

Thank you; I am honored to have been asked,

Really.

Sigh,

Jerry

OK Biennial Project friends, If you can find us a more generous rejection letter, we will print it in our blog - but we know you can't because such a thing would be outside the realm of human possibility.

Other than the general niceness, there are three things worth pointing out about this response:

Jerry Saltz thinks we're poor. Is it that obvious? Maybe we should stop cutting our own hair to save money. But more importantly,

Jerry Saltz thinks we're artists. How many times have we tried to explain this to you?  Take THAT, painters of fruit - we told you so!

Jerry Saltz thinks we're much bigger than him. OK, now we're just melting in a warm pool of wonderful.  LADADADADADA! LADADADADADA!

While we still have visions of invites to major biennials dancing in our heads, and definitely plan to achieve our goal of becoming super famous in the coming year, until then, this will do nicely. And they say there is no Santa Clause!

Now, be well-behaved children and go follow the good Mr. Saltz on face-book and wherever else you find him, so that you can enjoy his refreshing take on art and the art world - and don't forget to tell him The Biennial Project sent you!

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(US with Jerry outside the Whitney Biennial Preview Party last year.)

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Announcing the Biennial Roadshow!

by the-biennial-project 9. November 2013 13:11

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                                  (Rootless Cosmopolitans hit the road again!)

Attention Unindicted Co-conspirators and Fellow Travelers!

The Biennial Project  - never content to rest on our ever more sizable laurels - is just tickled to announce an Intensely Cool New Thing!

In the "off" year from our infamous Assaults on the Venice Biennale, we are going to host Biennial Exhibits in a series of Super Fun Art Locales that we have always wanted to visit.

Hence, the title - The Biennial Roadshow.

(Get the play on Antique’s Roadshow? Aren’t we just the cleverest and the meta-est?)

As we anticipate it, for future Biennial Roadshows, anyone who wants to can suggest a destination, but for the first one we have already picked a place.

The place is Marfa, Texas.

Yes, Texas.

OK, we will admit that the idea of Texas freaked us out a little at first too.

But as we hear it, it’s super beautiful out there, and we’ll be traveling as a large group to one of their artiest towns, so we’re thinking we may get out alive.

After all:

THIS LAND IS BIENNIAL PROJECT LAND

Here's a video with more info about Marfa:

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and more:

Why Marfa is a Really Cool Place that Cool People Already Know About

We’ll have more info soon about how to apply to get your important work included in Biennial Roadshow Marfa, but for now we want to offer the opportunity for a select small group to travel with us.

We can check out super cool spots, see art, make art, re-enact the Last Supper in the dessert, and generally make our parents proud. And you know that you can trust us because you’ve touched our perfect body with your mind.

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When are we going you ask?

The week of March 30th thru April 6th, year of our lord 2114.

Where are we staying you ask?

Only THE coolest place ever – check it out!

THE Coolest Place Ever - El Cosmicobobby

Yep, we thought you’d agree that there could be no cooler base camp from which to partake of the bounty of Marfa. Did we mention that they have hot tubs?

And that on Friday April 4th The Biennial Project and El Cosmico will host the best party in town to celebrate the opening of the Biennial Roadshow Marfa exhibit?

OK, by now you either realize that this is the coolest thing ever, or you are considering reporting us as spam.

If you are in the cool kids group, and are in the mood for a road trip, let us know.

ONWARD BIENNIAL PROJECT SOLDIERS MARCHING AS TO WAR

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And to end on a more serious note:

THIS IS A TASTY BEINNIAL!

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Who won the 2013 ArtVenice Biennale’s l'Invitation Palme d'Or?

by the-biennial-project 2. October 2013 15:51

The Biennial Project, as everybody knows, travels in the rarified circles of the World’s Most Elite Artists.

So when we set out to choose the artist who would be honored with the coveted l'Invitation Palme d'Or to participate in the 2013 ArtVenice Biennale, we obviously had a lot of great art to pick from.

We thought about Pussy Riot, friends of ours who have been shaking things up a bit recently in Mother Russia.

But upon considering the difficulty that they might have getting their work to us, we decided to limit our search to artists who are not currently confined to work camps.

This narrowed down the competition somewhat, but still left a lot of impressive art in the running.

But it was clear that there was one artist whose work just had to be part of our Biennale.

We are so very proud to announce that our friend Francisco Bassim was been chosen to receive the 2013 ArtVenice l'Invitation Palme d'Or.

We met Francisco at the 2011 Venice Biennale where he was was representing his country – Venezuela. (Did we mention that we have cool friends?)

In a Biennale in which there was some jaw-droppingly strong work, Francisco’s installation stood out.

Both artistically and politically au courant, brave, honest, gorgeous, sure to piss off the folks at the Vatican among others – Francisco is the total package.

And then there’s his work. Exactly the same. So damned cool.

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SEE MORE ART FROM FRANCISCO BASSIM

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POOR LINDSEY….(Anna and Eric watch TV)

by the-biennial-project 22. September 2013 14:44

 

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Let us now praise famous artists by Anna Salmeron and Bo Petran

by the-biennial-project 18. June 2013 15:49

 

OMG, Venice, where to start?

Where exactly to start to tell this mind-fuck of a tale?

The Fabulous Villa, overflowing with ever-so-talented and as-of-yet unindicted co-conspirators?

The City, well not exactly a city so much as the world’s largest convention center, but oh what a god-damned jaw-dropping convention center after all?

The Convention Itself (that’s the 55th Venice Biennale, thank you Sir) – a head-spinning and entirely overwhelming conglomeration of all that goes by the name of ART?

The Parties Out There – who knew it was even possible to get tired of champagne?

The Parties At Home – rooftop dancing till the sun came up (and in retrospect perhaps a tad more nudity than was entirely necessary - goodbye, Security Deposit, we hardly knew ye)?

The Famous People – rubbing elbows (AND MORE!) with artists who were actually invited to this thing

(Not that we would ever kiss and tell, but well, if we were to, we would have to mention that at least two Artists Representing Their Countries had, uh, breakfast at our Fabulous Villa. (The Biennial Project Venice Work Group takes their practice seriously!)

Well, Us, being Us, we’ll start with some of The Famous People that we met.

But don’t worry, it’s a long lazy summer up here in New England, and before it’s over, we’ll have gotten to everything!

US with Art Forum Writer Linda Yablonsky, plus Bahamas Pavilion Curator Stamatina Gregory, and Bahamas Artist Tavares Strachan!

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US with Russian Artist Vadim Zakhaov!

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US with Kosovo Artist Petrit Halilaj!

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US with Hungarian Artist Zsolt Asztalos!

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US with Zimbabwe Artist Portia Zvavahera!

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US with Finland Artists Terike Haapoja AND Antti Laitinen.

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US with Turkey Artist Omer Ali Kazma!

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US with Indonesia Artist Albert Yonathan Setyawan!

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US with Latvian Artist Kaspars Podnieks!

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US with Czech Artist Zbynek Baladran!

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US with Palestinian Artist Bashir Makhoul!

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US with Uruguay Artist Wilfredo Diaz Valdez – we LOVE this guy AND his family!

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OK, we’re fairly certain you get the idea – WE met lots of Famous Folks.

And we’re just positive that knowing Famous Arty Folks will eventually pay dividends in our campaign to achieve the fame for ourselves that we so deeply deserve.

To paraphrase our hero Tony Montana, “we want our fucking artistic rights NOW!”

(FYI – there are a few deck of our amazing Limited Edition Venice Biennale 2013 Artist Trading Cards still to be had. To order yours: click here)

Ciao bella, for now darling, but we’ll be back soon.

Next up, The Best Party in Venice (OURS of course).

 

 

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“Just don’t be a Dickhead” Boston Policeman explaining the rules of The Irish Day Parade in Southie

by the-biennial-project 21. March 2013 04:51

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The Biennial Project had always heard about the cheerful confluence of outright racism, homophobia and xenophobia that takes place at Boston’s Annual drunken Irish soiree known as ‘The Southie St. Patrick’s Day Parade’. Needless to say we stayed away for many a moon. This year, upon hearing about an alternative, inclusive march called The Peace Parade, The Biennial Project decided it was our duty as citizens of the great City of Boston to show up. The only way to change opinion on race and gender is through exposure.

“We’re here we’re queer, we’re fabulous don’t fuck with us!”

 On top of the activism, honestly, we went because we love love love a big party.

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Well, from what we witnessed, we were totally wrong about the attitude of the main event. Though the crowd was predominately white and Irish (it is their day) there were many ethnicities guzzling Vodka out of water bottles along side the pale skinned ginger haired crowd doing the same. Even with the shame of the gays still not being allowed to march, we saw a little bit of everything mixed in with the Bag Pipers, step dancers and drunken union workers. There were ghost busters, Storm Troopers, Renaissance people, Rat Pack impersonators, Latin Salsa dancers, skipping bananas, Hip Hop Clubs and a flat bed truck of what we think might have been Russian Strippers. It resembled the array of characters that show up for Biennial Project events. At times it felt like the color altered acid days of our teen years. We went to make a statement but in reality whole day was big green, foolish fun.

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For our global fans who might not know anything about our town’s history, here is a little lesson. In the 19th century Irish immigrants started to come to Boston in droves.

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The Biennial Project is not sure of the exact figures. We are far too lazy to look them up, but trust us; lots and lot of Irish came. So many that Boston still takes on the personality and flavor of the old country. With communities as tight as the Irish were in Boston intolerance formed. In the Early 1970s there were outright riots when the city started to bus school children from one neighborhood to another to harbor diversity and equality of education. For over 20 years Gay groups have had their applications rejected by Allied War Veterans Council who host the parade. In 1995 the rejection was taken all the way to the US Supreme court in the case Hurley vs. Irish-American Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Group of Boston, which ruled parade organizers do have a legal right to decide who marches in the parade.

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We never attended the Parade because of the outright
prejudice and also, lets face it, a big drunken Irish posse can seem scary.

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Last year an organization called Veteran’s for Peace started their own parade, after the big parade, to let the rejected groups march. Yes, it is sort like crumbs from the table but it gives visibility to the fact that the host organization still has fear in their hearts. The Biennial Project tries to conjure up some compassion for these old men who are living a life time of shame for that blowjob they gave as a teenager - but really. Is it too hard to admit you enjoyed it? Anyhow, The Biennial Project went to support The Veteran’s for Peace and stand up for our own rights. Kara Suffredini, executive director of MassEquality, said it well -

“I think this is the work we do every day of changing hearts and minds. There will be a day when we will be welcomed in this parade.”

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So enough with the politics, we went to stand up for our rights but we were really surprised by the inclusive, positive, fun and slightly weird energy of the big green party. What does this have to do with art? As usual we don't know or care - we had a friggin good time. Witness though our (fine art) photos.

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The whole day was cool as shit, with the coolest moment among many coming when one of the GORGEOUS AND FRIENDLY black cops charged with keeping the peace demonstrated the cool new boston with his chill handling of a drunk who stumbled dangerously close to the parade route. "Hey, don't be a dickhead", he gently warned the guy. The guy immediately changed course - trouble averted. None of the old-fashioned scary Boston cop I-bet-his wife-has-a-restraining-order-against-him posturing needed. And did we mention that these very same cops are currently starring in a nationally televised TV show produced by Dorchester boy Mahk Wahlberg called 'Boston's Finest'. There may be hope for our little seaside village yet.

Scranton with clams indeed!

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The Save Ireland from the Curators Project (TM)

by the-biennial-project 26. January 2013 10:47

THE BIENNIAL PROJECT AWAKES TO FIND THAT WE HAVE ATTRACTED THE ATTENTION OF A MAJOR CURATOR:

Dear Mr Hess, Ms Rollins and Ms Salmeron,
I'm writing to you in connection to photographs on your Facebook page - namely Nos 18 and 19 from "Shit we liked at The Venice Biennale 54".
Corban and I would be grateful if you could remove these, as permission to stage/use these photographs was not obtained from us and the images present the artist, his work and the Pavilion in a less than favourable light. Also we find the captions rather derogatory, in particular: 

  • It is deeply offensive to refer to Corban as "a little person from Ireland"
  • Despite your claims he is not married
  • You comment about "Irish Slaves" is rather crass

Whilst we fully respect your artistic intention, we don't feel these photographs project a positive image about your work or that of a fellow practitioner.
I look forward to you response.
Kidnest,
Eamonn Maxwell
Curator
Irish Pavilion @ Venice Biennale

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WE REPLY:

Dearest Mr. Maxwell:

First and foremost, let us say how deeply honored we are to have received this notice from you. Finally, The Art World is paying attention to us.

Secondly, we would point out that putting one's work in the rather public forum of the Venice Biennale unfortunately does open one up to the possibility of being responded to by others in a less than a "positive image".

Thirdly, upon reflection, the "little person" reference was perhaps not our very finest moment. The artists of The Biennial Project are passionately committed to complete and total human and political rights for all of society's oppressed minorities, and this of course includes the height-challenged. Our comment was made in the context of praising Mr Corbin's work, and we thought that it was clear that we were poking fun at a stereotype rather than reinforcing it.

Which brings us to Fourthly - taking offense to the "Irish Slaves" reference. Really? Have you no sense of humor whatsoever?

We're from BOSTON for Christ's sake - we get the history of the Irish.
We arethe history of the Irish, a part of that history anyway."Irish Slaves"  built this town, swim deep in our personal gene pools, and have given Boston so very much of what we hold near and dear about our little seaside village. 

We're the ones after all who were insulted when Jack Nicholson did his usual crazy shtick while wearing a "kiss me I'm Irish" t-shirt in The Departed.

And way back when there were politics in the world, we're the ones who went to fundraisers in Dorchester for Noraid. (When the U.S. government bombed Afghanistan on the pretext of wanting to root out support for al-Qaeda, Noam Chomsky said it that was like the English government bombing Boston to defeat the IRA.) Hey there FBI agents reading this - finally something you can nail us with!

Not to mention that The Biennial Project usually plays well in Ireland - our website gets more hits from Irish users of the internet than any other country per capita. We have always attributed that to the Irish having a more developed ability to comprehend irony than most. 

Apparently there are exceptions to every rule. And because we know that manners apply even to those one believes to be misguided, we will take down the offending pics of Corbin.

More's the pity, we really do like his work.
XXOO,

The Biennial Project

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A CURATOR FRIEND OF OURS ALSO REPLIES:

Dear Sirs,
I am writing as a fan and supporter of the conceptual artist group known as “The Biennial Project.” As attendees at the opening reception for the Venice Biennial (with legitimate press credentials I might add) they took photos and published an edgy and satirical entry on the Biennial Project blog aptly titled “Shit we like…”

As luck would have it, The Biennial Project  had stumbled upon the Irish Pavilion. They really enjoyed the work presented there and loved chatting with the exceptionally friendly staff. When it came time for them to write a witty and sarcastic blog entry, they couldn’t help but to express sympathy and solidarity for these lovely ladies (and all behind-the-scenes art worker bees) by referring to them as Irish slaves. Perhaps it would have been more accurate to say (as they usually do in their writing) “gallery slaves”, but they were so excited to share with the world what they had seen that they couldn’t resist hitting the send button before the editor arrived.

And yes of course, they couldn’t let well enough alone and decided to have a bit of fun with Corban Walker by referring to him as a “little person” in their post. I will admit it: they and I love his work and are extremely jealous. We may be physically taller, but he is “culturally” taller than we’ll ever be.

In light of the above, The Biennial Project artists and their fan base were quite surprised to receive a “friendly” note from the curator of the Irish Pavilion which essentially represented a “cease and desist” order r/t the blog post referred to above. Apparently, as press-pass carrying visitors to the Biennial, they are not allowed to take pictures of the Irish Pavilion and present them in a way which didn’t show the artist and his work in a pre-approved light.

But wait a minute!  Aren’t we talking about Corban, the self-same artist who consistently references his bodily dimensions in sculptural work? Aren’t we talking about the fun-loving Corban who posed with Shaq in a picture which is readily available on the internet?

Yes all supporters of The Biennial Project were tickled. Yes we felt very important. Believe it or not, they don’t hear from upper-echelon international curators every day!  But ultimately we were sad. If freedom of speech and expression didn’t exist, Corban would not be having his 15 minutes…and neither would anyone interesting.

Truly in Art,
Cleah Saraholi,

WE ARE SAD:

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 BUT  AFTER A SUITABLE MOURNING PERIOD WE GET OVER IT:

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TEXT AND PHOTOS FROM THE CORBAN WALKER LIMITED EDITION ARTIST TRADING CARD THAT WE PRODUCED FOR THE 2011 VENICE BIENNALE:

Ireland Corban Walker

Born, June 23 1967 Cancer in Dublin (Baile Átha Cliath) (IE)

Lives and Works In New York

Parents were architect Robin Walker and the art critic Dorothy Walker,

Mr. Walker, 43 years old, is a minimalist sculptor and installation artist known for layering and stacking industrial materials like glass, steel and LED lights into precarious arrangements.

Mr. Walker's work plays with mathematical rules of order and scale, yet he occasionally adds a distinctive twist by making pieces that stand around his own height of 1.2 meters.

He has his own App for The Venice Biennale

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How To Build an Art Movement

by the-biennial-project 20. November 2012 07:54

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Hey Artists and Art-Lovers out there!

When The Biennial Project Team was participating in the 2009 Venice Biennale, one
of the coolest of the many cool folks we met was German-born film-maker Alec Onsemska (seen at left mugging for the camera the day we met him). He's ridiculously talented, speaks about a million languages, and travels the world like a true jet-setter. He's also very insightful about the art world.

 

As luck would have it, Alec is spending this year teaching film history at Harvard - and recently wrote a super interesting article about the Boston art scene. Even though he wrote it in response to his experience here in Boston - it's relevant to artists everywhere, so we wanted to share it with our readers. So here we go:  

 

 

An Open Letter to Boston Artists

By Alec X. Onsemska

 

"So here I find myself, a European artist and art-lover teaching in Boston this winter. I wanted to offer a few impressions on the local art scene from the perspective of a visitor, in the hope that they could be of some use to the multitudes of great artists who call this fiercely gorgeous city home.

 

Yes, multitudes of great artists and gorgeous city. I know, you're shaking your collective heads now, wondering where I got off the plane, and that's exactly the problem.

 

Boston artists have internalized the general Bostonian characteristic of trash-talking their own town, and their own art. Now don't get me wrong, I get the tell-it-like-it-is, a-million-stories-in-the-cold-city esthetic that permeates your hard-ass Boston soul, making the display of anything resembling enthusiasm as un-hip as betraying the neighborhood or talking to the cops, and it is one of the many qualities that makes me feel at home here. I am German after all, and we are a people also acquainted with the night.

 

But really, enough is enough. There is a point where embracing the middle-of-the-night futility of it all passes over from being recognition of reality to causing said reality to suck worse than it does already (something we Germans alas also know a thing or two about).

 

So, although it's not as familiar as lamenting how the art scene here sucks, and that anything that's worth happening only happens in New York, let's take a moment to talk a little truth about this town that doesn't suck for a change. 

 

To start, Boston is an amazing, one-of-a-kind city, the kind they don't make anymore, what's more, and you know it. That's why you came here or decided to stay.

 

Everywhere you look is this ridiculously majestic blue ocean, and it's not vapid vacation-land ocean - it's the take-no-prisoners cold Atlantic, with giant tankers approaching and receding on the horizon like dream cities. Talk about your end-of-continent sadness. Boston's ocean is a working ocean, and Boston is a working city - where being the real thing matters, and how. The only city I know of where local boys get rich getting Hollywood to tell its story from the side of the 'townies".

 

Boston is at the centre of the most progressive region of this country, and has been at the forefront of innumerable important intellectual, social and political movements. 

 

Tell the truth - you didn't have to live here - you could have moved to New York, or la la land, or wherever hip people were supposed to go - but you chose to live here. Not to deny New York it's due, but every not-born-rich person I know who lives there actually lives two towns away or works 3 jobs to pay for their little scrap of paradise.

 

And the NY art scene, yes, it's cool, cool, cool, but so is the Berlin art scene, and the Peking art scene, and the San Paulo art scene, and undoubtedly a lot of art scenes that most people have never heard of.

Because that's the thing about cool scenes - their key quality is their ability to define their coolness on their own terms. And cool art scenes that exist in the mainstream consciousness are usually not as cool as they are thought to be, because once the mainstream comprehends and begins to absorb them, the independent people start to move on.

 

For art to be meaningful, we must be truly the avant-garde of society, defining our own terms, rather than chasing advertizing agency notions of hipness. Berlin, once an extremely unlikely art-world mecca, became "cool" because its artists stopped chasing Paris or any other art "centre", and instead spent their time creating art and art communities on the ground where they lived.

 

Why do I tell you this Boston?

 

Because of all the places I've visited in the states, you have the most potential to stop chasing the commercial centre and just be great. A great city, with great art schools, where cutting-edge artists live in droves - you have the power to be cool on you own terms.

 

Among the many artists I love here are the innovators from the Boston-based (yes!) art collaborative known as The Biennial Project - who, by doing a fantastic parody of artist success-seeking at the pillars of official art-dom, and by demanding to know why they (we) are not good enough to succeed, point the way for artists to just get down to work in the here and now. 

 

Their upcoming 2012 Boston Biennial is exactly the sort of project that's needed - riffing on the lure of the 'biennial" world, while placing the carrot right here at home where it should be, and cutting out the "critical" intermediary by organizing an artist-controlled biennial. We need more of this.

 

Boston, to your places!"

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

   lennon

 

 

  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.

tick tock tick tock tick tock tick tock…

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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