liverpool biennial independents 2004

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  Feeding the 5000  

Feed the 5000
Biennial opening night
Independent District


  The Art Organisation, Liverpool Biennial 2004  

The Art Organisation
St Bride's Church
Liverpool Biennial 2004


  Detail from 'Amongst these dark Satanic mills' by David Hancock  

David Hancock
Le Petit Paysage
Liverpool Biennial 2004

  Unit 2, Jordan Street

Michael White

Unit 2, Jordan Street

Independent District

Greenland Street



16 September – 16 October 2004
In the Independent District at 2 Jordan Street, Liverpool L1.
Opening hours Friday-Sunday 12-6pm

INVITATION is an exhibition of the collection of legendary West End impresario Michael White of everything under the sun.

The man who pretty much invented theatre producing has for the last 40 years kept every invitation, badge and VIP guest pass he's ever been sent. Instead of focusing on the event itself, INVITATION surveys the discarded wrapping and trappings that lie at the margins of the social and art worlds they promote. It highlights rarely examined ephemera that usually gets neglected as people rush to enjoy the moment or appraise the art object.

At first sight this exhibition may appear random and chaotic. It is largely a collection of invitations for private and formal events, that also includes postcards, buttons, aged envelopes, tattered tissue paper, VIP passes, menus and a bar of chocolate from a fashion show.

Michael White approached artist Goshka Macuga to curate INVITATION as their mutual love of collecting draws them together.

These items were designed to be short lived, forgotten. The objects are often mere scraps and fragments but they disarm, charm and make you giggle.

The objects speak for themselves but they are also intended to work in context. The fragments lay a trail that is not only witness to a life but documents the evolution of etiquette.



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