A Unique Opportunity to Support The Biennial Project’s Important Charitable Work.

by the-biennial-project 11. January 2014 12:22

 

As you’re preparing your entry for Biennial Roadshow Marfa (ENTER BIENNIAL ROADSHOW MARFA HERE), you can also help us establish a Biennial Roadshow Marfa Artist Residency for a Deserving International Artist who would otherwise not have the means to participate in this career-making event (ENTER BIENNIAL ROADSHOW MARFA HERE).

The artist selected for this prestigious residency by the Biennial Roadshow Marfa Advisory Council (BRMAC) will be invited to participate fully with the Biennial Roadshow Marfa Traveling Group (BRMTG) as an artist-in-residence for the entire week of Biennial Roadshow Marfa – March 30th thru April 6th, 2014. (ENTER BIENNIAL ROADSHOW MARFA HERE).

Lodging will be provided for the Artist-in-Residence within our state of the art campus on the spacious grounds of the internationally renowned El Cosmico Centre for Artistic Development.

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This fortunate artist will have full access to the sophisticated creative apparatus of The Biennial Project to develop their own artist practice and to contribute to the greater good of The Biennial Project. (ENTER BIENNIAL ROADSHOW MARFA HERE)

The BRMAC will look to select an artist whose body of work demonstrates the vision, maturity and collaborative ability to contribute to The Overall Biennial Project Oeuvre.

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We will also look to select our Artist-in-Residence from an underprivileged area - someplace where artists don't have access to the multiple resources to support the arts that we as Americans take for granted.

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(To give just one example of many, guns. If an aspiring artist in many parts of the world is called by their muse to use guns as part of their practice, they are forced to deal with a Kafkaesque nightmare of boring bureaucracy.  When artistic inspiration strikes, who has time for paperwork?)

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In summary then, the BRMAC will scour the world to identify the most talented but geographically-challenged contender, and with your support will assist them with travel costs, accommodation, and beer money.

What you will receive in return for your generous support of this project:

Good Karma, plus:

Support Level One – Smile – $1 (Click YES to Donate $1 to Support Art Residencies when submitting your work to Biennial Roadshow Marfa). Help make the Biennial Roadshow Marfa look more prestigious on your resume and curry favor with the judges! (ENTER BIENNIAL ROADSHOW MARFA HERE)

Support Level Two - Sparkle – $10 - A Limited Edition Biennial Roadshow Marfa Commemorative Postcard signed by all BRMAC members OR a personal email exchange with the BRMAC member of your choice (up to 3 emails each).

Support Level Two – Glitter – $25 - A Limited Edition Biennial Roadshow Marfa Commemorative Postcard signed by all BRMAC members PLUS a Limited Edition Biennial Roadshow Marfa Commemorative Poster OR a brief hug with the BRMAC member of your choice (travel costs not included).

Support Level Three – Bronze – $50 - A Limited Edition Biennial Roadshow Marfa Commemorative Postcard signed by all BRMAC members PLUS a Limited Edition Biennial Roadshow Marfa Commemorative Poster PLUS a Limited Edition Biennial Roadshow Marfa Commemorative T-shirt OR a somewhat longer hug with the BRMAC member of your choice (travel costs not included).

Support Level Four – Silver – $100 - A Limited Edition Biennial Roadshow Marfa Commemorative Postcard signed by all BRMAC members PLUS a Limited Edition Biennial Roadshow Marfa Commemorative Poster PLUS a Limited Edition Biennial Roadshow Marfa Commemorative T-shirt PLUS a Limited Edition Video of the Highlights of the Biennial Roadshow Marfa OR a lingering hug with the BRMAC member of your choice (travel costs not included).

Support Level Five – Gold – $250 - A Limited Edition Biennial Roadshow Marfa Commemorative Postcard signed by all BRMAC members PLUS a Limited Edition Biennial Roadshow Marfa Commemorative Poster PLUS a Limited Edition Biennial Roadshow Marfa Commemorative T-shirt PLUS a Limited Edition Video of the Highlights of the Biennial Roadshow Marfa PLUS a signed photo from the Biennial Roadshow Marfa Artist-in-Residence, PLUS regular (no less than 7) email updates from the Biennial Roadshow Marfa Artist-in-Residence as he/she completes the artistic journey of a lifetime OR a lingering hug with wandering hands allowed with the BRMAC member of your choice (travel costs not included).

Support Level Six – Platinum – $500 - A Limited Edition Biennial Roadshow Marfa Commemorative Postcard signed by all BRMAC members PLUS a Limited Edition Biennial Roadshow Marfa Commemorative Poster PLUS a Limited Edition Biennial Roadshow Marfa Commemorative T-shirt PLUS a Limited Edition Video of the Highlights of the Biennial Roadshow Marfa PLUS a signed photo from the Biennial Roadshow Marfa Artist-in-Residence, PLUS regular (no less than 7) email updates from the Biennial Roadshow Marfa Artist-in-Residence as he/she completes the artistic journey of a lifetime PLUS A Single Edition (yours will be the only copy available!) video of the Biennial Roadshow Marfa Artist-in-Residence during his or her residency - including their performance during the Closing Ceremony OR a lingering hug with wandering hands allowed with the Biennial Roadshow Marfa Artist-in-Residence (travel costs not included).

Support Level Seven - Plutonium – $1000 - you tell us what you're interested in, and we'll talk.

TO SUPPORT THE BIENNIAL ROADSHOW MARFA ARTIST RESIDENCY PROGRAM, SEND YOUR TAX-DEDUCTABLE CHECK TODAY OR PAY VIA PAYPAL HERE:

SHOW US THE MONEY

ENTER BIENNIAL ROADSHOW MARFA HERE

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Announcing a World Wide Artist Search!

by the-biennial-project 4. September 2013 16:39

 

Announcing A World Wide Search for


THE NEW FACE of Star of Venice


the first fragrance developed

specifically for the visual artist.

The acclaimed design team responsible for Star of Venice is proud to announce an exciting new campaign that could make you a star!

We are launching a search for the new face of Star of Venice - the fragrance as unique as you are.

Our team of judges will pore over photos from artists all over the world to select a winner or winners who best embody the Star of Venice essence.

Star of Venice is not about looking like a model (although that's never a bad thing) - it's about being fabulous and knowing it, about owning your own fabulosity.

So throw your name in the hat, because the winner(s) will enjoy these spectacular prizes:

-A fashion shoot with internationally famous fashion photographer Eric Hess.

-A makeover by Star of Venice lead designer and makeup-artist-to-the-stars Samantha Marder.

-A fashion spread in Biennial Project Style magazine and blog.

-The opportunity to have your photo splashed across the globe as part of the Star of Venice 2014 Advertising Extravaganza.

Just send us pics of yourself of your most enchanting self!

And if you want us to snap your entry pic, come on down to the campaign's formal kick off - a glittering gala in Boston's hippest gallery, and one of our talented team of photographers
will be happy to oblige!

Star of Venice Glittering Gala at Space 213


450 Harrison Ave.

(in Boston's trendy SOWA art district)

Friday Sept. 6th 7-9PM


We will also be available at Space 213 to take entry pics for two hours during South End Open Studios - on Saturday September 21st from 2-4pm.

You know you're fabulous, now show the world!

Contest deadline November 2nd (Day of the Dead), 2013. All decisions of the Judges are final. Probably.

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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Biennial Project Saves the World

by the-biennial-project 17. January 2010 17:24

Given the recent presence of The Biennial Project just about everywhere you turn in the Art World, one might be tempted to think that it really is ALL about us. 

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But in addition to showcasing our own ground-breaking work to the world, we have been busy working for the betterment of mankind. 

 

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As part of our ongoing efforts to improve the lot of the non-famous many, we recently took our campaign against swine flu and other evil-doing microbes to the masses in San Marcos Square (Venice, Italy). 

 

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Now, you may have wondered if there were activities that were prohibited in San Marcos Square, and we can tell you at this point with certainty that there are at least two.

 

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The first such activity is handing out promotional materials, even those clearly dedicated to the improvement of the human condition. 

 

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The second activity that is “forbidden! forbidden!” (to quote Venice’s finest)  in San Marcos Square is feeding the birds.

 

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This is the case even when such bird feeding efforts arise from the sincerest desire to improve the lot of Our Friend the Pigeon,

 

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and not any crash attempt at publicity or sympathy from the animal lovers of the world. 

 

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But no, the pigeons will not be fed. On this point the Police were clear.

 

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So, rather than risking further discoveries on other activities prohibited in San Marcos Square, off we went to spread our message of good will and hygiene to the denizens of some of Venice’s less highly regulated public squares.

 

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As always, out efforts were well received, especially by Venice’s cognoscenti and glitterati, who know a good world-betterment campaign when they see one.

 

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Afterward, we rested.

 

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For more of our exploits in and around San Marcos Square, check us out on YouTube:

 

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