Arts Pavilion Bournemouth

During the Preview week of the 55th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia at Palazzo Zenobio, Fondamenta del Soccorso, Dorsoduro 2596, Venice, Italy: Wednesday 29 May – Sunday 2 June 2013 from 2pm each day featuring live art performances by: The Girls (Zerelda Sinclair and Andrea Blood), Marcia Farquhar and Tim Russell. Visit: for updates and information.

Arts Pavilion Bournemouth presents, during the preview week of the 55th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia, Boîte-en-valise, a series of live art performances by established and emerging practitioners, curated by
Professor Stephanie James (Arts University Bournemouth) and Carol Maund (Arts Bournemouth). Appropriating and transmuting Marcel Duchamp’s Boîte-en-valise and responding to Venice Biennale Art Director Massimiliano Gioni’s
theme of The Encyclopedic Palace, each of the selected artists has been asked to pack work in a suitcase and travel to Venice for presentation at Palazzo Zenobio.

Marcia Farquhar reprises her highly regarded Acts of Clothing performance for an international audience in Venice. Acts of Clothing Venice draws on personal cultural and social associations, the semiotics of clothing, the pleasure and pain of outfits and the absurdity attendant to getting dressed. “…a lucid enactment of the process by which women’s clothing can express desires and thereby concede the means of repressing those desires…an extraordinary performance, the more exceptional for its agile language, where Farquhar, with the timing of the stand up comic…turn(s) her often hilarious anecdotes into unexpected revelations of vulnerability” (Mark Harris, Art Monthly, 1999)

The Girls tableau Diamonds and Toads invokes the ill-fated heroines of the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson while also alluding to contemporary concerns such as voyeurism and female objectification. The Girls
(Zerelda Sinclair and Andrea Blood) performance of Diamonds and Toads (from Charles Perrault), presented here in Venice also resonates with the Carnivale di Venezia, reimagined in the 1970’s from 12th Century roots as an international festival. ‘(The Girls) wear masks with the same red-lipped plastic anonymity as a blow-up sex doll, and perhaps it is that which makes this piece so compelling and disturbing.’ (Herbert Wright, FAD, 2011)

Tim Russell will present the Venice Oracle, a personal conversation between artist and each audience member who picks up a ringing mobile phone. Frequenting the waterways of the City, he practices the deceit of solitude. The gondoliers of Venice say, “that here at the centre of all is he who sees each thing done in its’ beginning and in its’ end…” This appropriated phrase from Rene Daumal’s unfinished novel Mount Analogue sets the tone for the utterances of the Venice Oracle, who will offer each person answering the phone a unique image of the mutually arising moment of encounter and their deepest concerns.

Arts Pavilion Bournemouth presents visual arts practice of the highest quality from Bournemouth and South West England to international audiences, while also bringing artists of international standing to Bournemouth and South West England to present their work.

Arts Pavilion Bournemouth is a partner in collaboration with workinprogress for Venice Agendas, a series of lively morning events during the preview week of the 55th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia in 2013, featuring additional performances by Aaron Williamson and Jennifer Cluskey as well as events with Jean Wainwright, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Vittorio Urbani, Penelope Curtis and others. See for details.