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Archived 2008, another new folder

  Feeding the 5000  

Feed the 5000
Biennial opening night
Independent District


  Detail from work by Steve Gent  

Steve Gent
Liverpool Biennial 2004


  Tom Murphy, Liverpool Biennial 2004  

Tom Murphy
Liverpool Biennial 2004


  Detail from 'footprintsinthesnow' by Rick Myers  

Rick Myers
Liverpool Biennial 2004


  Jyll Bradley, Liverpool Biennial 2004  

Jyll Bradley
Old Haymarket
Liverpool Biennial 2004


  Peter Coffin's 'Untitled (greenhouse)'

White Diamond

Transparent Eyeball

Independent District

55 New Bird Street


'In the woods, we return to reason and faith. There I feel that nothing can befall me in life, - no disgrace, no calamity (leaving me my eyes), which nature cannot repair. Standing on the bare ground, - my head bathed by the blithe air and uplifted into infinite space, - all mean egotism vanishes. I become a transparent eyeball. I am nothing. I see all. The currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part or particle of God.' Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature (1836)

At a time when America was riven by deep conflicts about Native American genocide, slavery and religious fundamentalism, Ralph Waldo Emerson and the New England Transcendentalists sought to establish a distinct, new cultural identity - fusing a questioning of religion and politics with a respect for nature and the individual spirit. It was a pivotal moment: for the first time it became possible to talk about a uniquely (non-Native) American culture. Yet the pacifist politics and Pantheism of the Transcendentalists quickly receded as the fledgling nation was hijacked by an upsurge of nationalism and expansionism. Over the past 150 years, American culture has taken this nationalist enthusiasm to an new extreme, breeding a society so infatuated with images of itself, it can barely acknowledge the existence of a world outside.

Today the US is again in the midst of a cultural and political identity crisis, recognized across the world as first and foremost the home of powerful business brands. In response to this White Diamond Projects in association with afoundation and FACT present 'The Transparent Eyeball', a programme that brings together American artists and curators too reflect on the role that Transcendentalist ideals of skepticism, romanticism, and individualism now play in American life.

The project has three distinct (though related) parts: an exhibition featuring the work of Ara Peterson, Cory Arcangel, Skytimelapse, Amy Globus, Meredith Danluck and Peter Coffin, a performance by artist groups Paper Rad and Beige, a film screening programme at FACT and a special edition of the Black Diamond magazine designed to place the project within a wider cultural and historical context.

Saturday 18 Sept - Friday 22 October
open Tuesday to Friday 12 - 5pm
55 New Bird St

Paperrad/Beige Friday 17th and Saturday 18th September
9pm till late
55 New Bird St

Saturday 18 September and Sunday 19 September
11.15am, 1pm, 4.30pm, 6.30pm (admission £2)
FACT, 88 Wood St

Black Diamond
Magazine Launch
Saturday 2nd October
55 New Bird St
Available at all venues throughout the Biennial


Artists represented at White Diamond:

Cory Arcangel
Peter Coffin
Ara Peterson
Paper Rad
Lauren Cornell
Astria Suparak
Kendra Gaeta
Michael Connor
Meredith Danluck
Amy Globus

Jeremy Laing
Will Munro
Rohesia Hamilton
Chadwick Rantanen
Seth Price
Scott Thomas
Gerard Holthuis
Saki Satom
Paul Slocum
Kent Lambert
Rebekah Rutkoff
Kelly Oliver
Abbey Williams
Andrew Jeffrey Wright
Clare Rojas
Bryan Boyce
Dara Greenwald
Jim Finn


Archived February 2008, another new folder