Call: Liverpool Biennial 2010: Touched Conference

Liverpool Biennial 2010: Touched Conference

Saturday 18 September 2010 from 11.00 – 17.00 at LJMU Art & Design Academy, Liverpool

The conference is part of Touched, the International exhibition for Liverpool Biennial 2010, which opens on 18 September and runs until 28 November.

Speakers include: Tehching Hsieh, artist; Alfonso Lingis, philosopher and Professor of Philosophy Emeritus of Penn State University; Coco Fusco, artist, writer and Chair of the Fine Art Department at Parsons/The New School for Design.; Tania Bruguera, artist; Mark Waugh, Director of Afoundation and Co-director of the International Curators Forum (ICF); Prof. Steven Connor, writer, critic, broadcaster and Professor of Modern Literature and Theory, Birkbeck College, London; Tony Chakar, artist, architect and writer; Jamie Isenstein, artist; Danica Dakic, artist; Peter Gorschlueter, former Head of Exhibitions and Displays Tate Liverpool, now Deputy Director of the Museum of Modern Art Frankfurt; Julieta Aranda, artist; Minerva Cuevas, artist; Alfredo Jaar, artist; Will Kwan, artist Anton Vidokle, artist; Lorenzo Fusi, Curator Liverpool Biennial.

As the story of Doubting Thomas tells us, to touch is the mark of truth, the most intimate gesture and the greatest commitment. To touch or to be touched is the performance of truth, when incredulity is displaced and the world condenses into a moment of all enveloping realisation, changing everything. But let us not limit touch to mean touch physically, even that lowliest of senses, smell, can touch us deeply. To be touched arrives unexpectedly though every sense – including thought itself – locating our most intimate moments in space and time. How to live by these moments where strength and vulnerability conjoin in both their terror and beauty is what we would define as commitment.

The Touched Conference has invited the artists, curators and thinkers involved in the making of the exhibition to discuss these three important aspects of Touched. 

For more information and to book a free place or contact me below.

Antony Pickthall Head of Marketing & Communications Liverpool Biennial PO Box 1200 55 Jordan St Liverpool L69 1XB t: +44 (0)151 709 7444 Direct line: +44 (0)151 203 3574 f: +44 (0)151 709 7377 Visiting address: 55 New Bird Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 0BW

Engaging art, people and place. 6th Liverpool Biennial: International 10: Touched 18 September – 28 November 2010

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