HEAVEN 2nd Athens Biennale 2009

HEAVEN 2nd Athens Biennale 2009

15 June 2009 - 04 October 2009
Flisvos Building & P. Faliro Beach, Athens, Group Exhibition
Greece
“Live” curated by Dimitris Papaioannou & Ζafos Xagoraris. Temporary installations form successive theatrical scenes, screens and floating stages, while the spectators and the spectacle interchange, as residents and users of the aquatic limit are invited to attend actively in the configuration of communal spaces. New uses of the spaces are triggered, under the surface of the sea, in the street or in the roofs of neighboring buildings, without impeding the ones already existing.
Pot Luck: Food and Art

Pot Luck: Food and Art

22 May 2009 - 26 July 2009
The New Art Gallery Walsall, Group Exhibition
UK
The New Art Gallery Walsall is proud to be the launch venue for a major new touring exhibition 'Pot Luck: Food and Art', produced by Art Circuit'Pot Luck' brings together works by 17 acclaimed international contemporary artists including Damien Hirst, Mona Hatoum, Antony Gormley, Lucy + Jorge Orta and Subodh Gupta, who demonstrate how the use of food in art continues to be re-discovered. With each artist bringing a ‘dish’ to the table, the exhibition will combine personal tastes with the current flavour of our social and political climate. From antiquity to today, food has been a recurring subject matter in the history of art; from early depictions in mythological scenes to those found in religious art of all cultures. Food represents ideas of desire, pleasure, greed, excess, life and death; it is the very substance that sustains life and also takes it away.
Dress Code

Dress Code

08 May 2009 - 25 July 2009
Iselp - Brussels, Group Exhibition
Belgium
Clothing, the second skin which personifies the person wearing it, becomes, in certain contexts, the symbol of a socio-cultural identity. In the history of clothing, it has appeared from the beginning as a set of garments that covered the human body to protect it and adorn it. Throughout the history of art, artists have represented clothes essentially in a flat way in various pictorial or ornamental forms. Today, however, clothing has emerged from this two-dimensional representation to establish itself on the artistic stage in its own right. Contemporary artists use clothing as a material, a medium, a symbol and above all as a substitute for the “body” subject. In this way, they invite us to reconsider the so-called established material facts, our way of appearing in order to be. Through this exhibition, we are interested in the codes implied by these pieces of sculptured fabric and the way in which contemporary artists re-use clothes to express a social criticism. Far removed from the world of haute couture, clothes demonstrate here the extent to which the class divide relies on the dress code.
OrtaWater

OrtaWater

06 May 2009 - 10 May 2009
Vienna Art Fair - Motive Gallery - A 0901, Installation
Austria
Originally co-commissioned and exhibited by Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa for the 2005 Venice Biennale, and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Rotterdam 2006 the body of work 'Orta Water' focuses on the general scarcity of water and issues surrounding the privatization and corporate control effecting access to clean water. Starting from a rigorous analysis of this crucial resource through visual and text research, Lucy + Jorge Orta develop poetic artefacts, sculptures, large-scale installations and public artworks that evoke the water cycle. Of particular significance is research undertaken into low-cost water purification devices enabling filthy water to be pumped and filtered directly from natural water sources such as the Canal Grande Venice and Emmersingel Rotterdam, and made drinkable and available for the public to taste. Fully functioning filtration systems are incorporated into the 'Pumpstation Unit' and the entire installation has been linked by a continues system of pipes, for vistors to drink at the numerous taped artworks along their journey.
Return to Function

Return to Function

02 May 2009 - 23 August 2009
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Group Exhibition
USA
Return to Function' brings together contemporary artists who make functional objects based on theoretical principles. Featuring a dune buggy, a camper, a soccer ball with right angles, a cellular telephone that doubles as an exercise device, and a mobile studio—as well as garments and a do-it-yourself coffin, among other works—'Return to Function' examines the role of objects in our lives as perceived by 20 contemporary artists who employ the expansive nature of art to illuminate unexplored aspects of the familiar.Conceived for a post-industrial world, the objects included in 'Return to Function' look like items we buy and use on a daily basis. However, their usefulness within the art context exposes a complicated dynamic between individuals and commodities. These works of art address our desire for objects, while also exposing pervasive advertising manipulations. At the same time, each work imagines new and innovative ways of approaching old tasks. In doing so, the works suggest that objects can play a central role in improving our lives.
Green Platform

Green Platform

24 April 2009 - 19 July 2009
CCCS - Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina - Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, Group Exhibition
Italy
Curated by Valentina Gensini and Lorenzo Giusti, the exhibition will be adopting a complex critical view based on an interdisciplinary approach to the issue of the environment, in the dual sense of a crisis in our thermo-industrial society based on non-renewable sources of energy and of an ecological crisis caused by pollution and by the worrying overheating of our planet. Thus the problem of ecology will not be explored merely in terms of an environmental approach. It will be analysed in its myriad philosophical, psychological, environmental, economic and social implications. That way ecology can become not only the science of nature but an inter-relational science, a border and cross-border science, the link between nature and culture.
OrtaWater

OrtaWater

17 March 2009 - 17 April 2009
DSM, Solo Exhibition
Holland
The Paris-based artist couple Lucy + Jorge Orta will create a unique art project for DSM based on the DSM Triple P Report 2009, DSM’s sustainability report. The project will be ready in March 2010, and will be presented during the launch of DSM’s 2009 sustainability report. DSM announced this during the launch of Triple P Report 2008. The launch was combined with the opening of an exhibition by Lucy + Jorge Orta in DSM’s offices in Heerlen and Sittard (the Netherlands). In the head office in Heerlen the artists present their project ‘ OrtaWater’ which focuses on the worldwide shortage of water. In the Sittard office their ‘Antarctica Village – No Borders’ project is exhibited which draws attention to the current climate of migration and the refugee status in which many people throughout the world find themselves. The exhibits are open until 2 June during office hours. It is the first time that the artist couple Orta will create an art project based on the sustainability drive and achievements of a company. DSM and Lucy and Jorge Orta share the same focus on the real issues confronting our world, which involve securing sustainable energy supplies, combating climate change and providing balanced food supplies and health for the global population. The Orta’s will base their project on the four global trends upon which DSM has based its business and sustainability strategy: Climate and Energy, Health and Wellness, Functionality and Performance and Emerging Economies.
Life Size Utopia, Lucy + Jorge Orta / Louis De Cordier

Life Size Utopia, Lucy + Jorge Orta / Louis De Cordier

12 December 2008 - 13 January 2009
Motive Gallery, Group Exhibition
Holland
In March 2007, fifty brightly coloured dome tents landed on the white ice caps of Antarctica. The intervention was carried out by Lucy + Jorge Orta. The exhibition 'Life-size Utopia' provides a glimpse of the visual impact of the impressive expedition. But even more, the presentation reveals that the symbolic implications of the intervention have not lost any strength outside the boundaries of the distant South Pole region. In Motive Gallery, the artists will present works from the series 'Antarctica World Passport'. Louis de Cordier’s 'Blob' refers, as does Studio Orta’s 'Antarctic Village - No Borders', to a possible peaceful future. Louis is showing the maquette and drawings for an architectural installation grafted onto human measurements.
Peace Summit Award 2008

Peace Summit Award 2008

12 December 2008
Hotel de Ville Paris, Event
France
9th WORLD SUMMIT OF NOBEL PEACE LAUREATES, Paris 11-13 December 2008"Human rights and a World without violence". Each year the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates honour with the Peace Summit Award personalities selected within the culture and entertainment business who stand out in the defence of human rights and in the diffusion of the principles of Peace and solidarity in the world. During the ceremony at the Hotel de Ville in Paris, Bono was awarded Window on the World Antarctica by artists Lucy + Jorge Orta, depicting an image of the Antarctic continent from their series Antarctic Village No Borders symbolising a world free from violence. Courtesy of Galleria Continua.The Nobel Peace Laureates draw public attention to the young generation and nonviolence it is of utmost importance to turn our eyes to the problems of Human Rights. Without such rights violence, poverty, lack of resources will thrive and will impede us to ensure a future of a long-lasting peace throughout the planet Earth.The 9th Summit proposes to touch upon the following questions: how can we build peace through the safeguard of human rights, what are the strategies to affirm the universalism of the fundamental rights, how to ensure the defence of individual rights in today’s world, how to foster the establishment of the democratic values worldwide and finally, how to make rights concrete by eliminating social and financial inequalities among people in our societies. The Summit will represent an opportunity for the Nobel Peace Laureates to elaborate strategies of international policies, which shall be implemented to ensure a real observance of the principles, reflected in the Declaration. http://www.nobelforpeace-summits.org/
70 x 7 The Meal act XXIX

70 x 7 The Meal act XXIX

30 October 2008
La Venaria Reale, Torino, Event
Italy
70 x 7 The Meal act XXIX at the historical Savoy palace, Venaria Reale is the first collaboration with Fondazione Slow Food per la Biodiversità Onlus. The theme chosen by the artists for the 29th setting is food biodiversity with the aim to support the project Cooperativa Cauqueva (Cooperativa Agropecuaria y Artesanal Union Quebrada y Valles) and to protect the production of the precious Andean potato, the fundamental food and financial resource for the Argentine population. 150 guests participated in the Orta performance based on the preparation of the most basic of dishes, the Soup. “The soup is universal, across all socio-economic groups with different staple origins and wonderful colours: green vegetable, black bean, red tomato, orange pumpkin, white garlic and onion, …”. Each guest was given a calico bag filled with vegetables that had been prepared live, to take home and prepare a soup. The Limoges porcelain plate edition designed especially for the occasion celebrated the theme by depicting delicately drawn vegetables and a recipe for the potato soup. The menu was created by Turin’s most promising chef Alfredo Russo, from Dolce Stil Novo restaurant at the Venaria Reale, taking his inspiration from the plate: “The soup is the common denominator, a sustainable dish which brings together populations and cultures of every continents. From the main course to the dessert I will utilise ingredients so called ‘poor’ – although I prefer to call them ‘democratic’ – like the potato and vegetable in order to give a contribution, in terms of cooking, to the theme of the event”. Curated by Maria Perosino and Bartolomeo Pietromarchi
Survival

Survival

29 September 2008 - 31 October 2008
Fashion Space Gallery, London College of Fashion, Solo Exhibition
UK
The Fashion Space Gallery at London College of Fashion, the UK’s leading provider of fashion education, will this autumn present Survival, by international artist Lucy Orta. This exhibition which will showcase work never displayed in the UK, on the theme of survival, including Urban Life Guard and Survival Kits from the Antarctica project, which was originally presented in the transient landscape of the Antarctic ice-caps as part of the inaugural End of the World Biennale, 2007.During the course of her research as Professor of Art, Fashion and the Environment at London College of Fashion, Lucy has created thought provoking objects that take on the form of life jackets, parachutes and metaphoric garments using the surface of the fabrics for textual communication, with slogans and graphics related to her themes of research.The core of Lucy Orta’s working practice focuses on the human condition in an era of global crisis through themes of shelter, war, water shortage, migration, economic and environmental disasters. She responds to contexts in which social structures are not capable of protecting individuals, and has advanced proposals that can offer self-sufficiency and protection for the human body.
Body Architecture

Body Architecture

09 September 2008 - 02 November 2008
The Swedish Museum of Architecture, Solo Exhibition
Sweden
The Swedish Museum of Architecture and Svensk Form (the Swedish Societyof Crafts and Design) jointly present a selection of works by the artisticpartnership of Lucy + Jorge Orta at the Swedish Museum of Architecture.The artistic duo has a strong social commitment, which is reflected in theirprojects. A number of their works focus on the connection between mankindand the survival of our planet, depicted through textile and architectonicsolutions. Among other things, they created ”Dome Architectures” in theform of a temporary settlement for Antarctica.The duo develop their artworks by posing various questions:How can art pave a new critical role faced with the growing problems in this world?What can architects and artists contribute towards the development ofmore humane, environmentally suitable and ecological forms of architecture?How can art projects contribute to and participate in a constructive dialogueand improve conditions for the less privileged members of our society?
Poëziezomer Watou 2008

Poëziezomer Watou 2008

30 June 2008 - 07 September 2008
Watou, Group Exhibition, curated by Giacinto Di Pietrantonio
Belgium
Movement is a versatile notion. To move means to change places within space, within time, it means to move yourself or an object. During the previous century, mobility grew to be an important factor in daily life. There are no limits for the mobile world where people move in cars, helicopters and airplanes. That mobility also created breaks in history. Earlier, the different cultures of our universe were explored rather slowly, by boat or on horseback. With the limited speed of a carrier pigeon, new ideas were spread. Now, the most diverse cultural experiences find their way into our living rooms. Movement has become a constant factor in the world and the universe, and there are no limits to communication. It has a capacity of four million units per second. “Through a fine thread, in one second the content of different encyclopaedias is transmitted”. The often simplistic mobility evidently generates protests. Often, creative standstills are used to express a meditative attitude. Some people manage to live with isolation in a creative way. Artists from different disciplines confront themselves with a world that is less familiar to them and then to claim it in a sometimes fascinating way. By linking the different disciplines of art together, Poëziezomer 2008 looks into the questions: what is movement, what causes a standstill? The starting point is a certain limitlessness within a specific location, in order to be open for utopia, a spatial utopia within a limited topology. In 2008, mental mobility is a must. Watou is not a sports field, it is a place to walk, to move and to re-explore your own dimension. That might very well be the starting point of Poëziezomer 2008.http://www.poeziezomerswatou.be
1% Water and our future

1% Water and our future

29 June 2008 - 28 September 2008
Z33, Group Exhibition
Belgium
1% WATER aims to be a catalyst for change, reconnecting us physically and psychologically to water and helping us to shape a sustainable future. The exhibition explores themes such as AbUse, Sacred Waters and Reconnect through works by artists such as Atelier van Lieshout, Brandon Ballengée, Elina Brotherus, Edward Burtynsky, Amy Jenkins, Michaela Nettell and Studio Orta, designers such as &Made, Doshi Levien and Fulguro & TJAW and graphic designers Karlssonwilker, as well as key historic pieces.
Antarctica

Antarctica

28 June 2008 - 05 October 2008
Galleria Continua / Le Moulin, Survey exhibition
France
Antarctica is an itinerant exhibition curated by Bartolomeo Pietromarchi, which opened at the Hangar Bicocca Milan in April. It arose from an expedition made by the artists to Antarctica in 2007 following a commission from The End of the World Biennale. This journey, both real and symbolic, to the furthermost reaches of the world and to a protected ecosystem free from any military activity, enabled the artists to tackle issues regarding climate change and human survival in the severest of conditions.

The Antarctic Village is an embodiment of a symbolic community open to all human beings, a ‘nation of humanity’ and a peaceful land for those who have been forced to leave their home country as a result of economic or natural disasters, war or political intimidation. With Antarctic Village – No Borders, the artists propose a new clause Article 13.3, to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) that would guarantee the right of freedom of movement and circulation.

The exhibition at Galleria Continua / La Moulin is an occasion to reflect on alternative solutions for a fairer form of globalization, where resources, freedom of movement and human rights could be guaranteed for everyone. Also on show are previous works by the artists dealing with themes relating to the environment, global warming, society, human rights, humanitarian intervention and the mobility and migration of peoples.

Le Moulin private view followed by DJ party opens on Saturday 28 June from 6pm until midnight.Navettes leave Paris at 5pm from Jardin des Plantes and return at 1am. For advanced bookings please contact: lemoulin@galleriacontinua.com. Galleria Continua / Le Moulin, 46 rue de la Ferté Gaucher, 77169 Boissy-le-Châtel
OrtaWater

OrtaWater

14 June 2008 - 14 September 2008
International Expo Zaragoza, Group Exhibition
Spain
OrtaWater focuses on the general scarcity of water and issues surrounding the privatization and corporate control effecting access to clean water. Reflecting on ‘Operational Aesthetics’, the overarching aim of their artistic process is to contribute proactively to the broadening of our understanding and development of sustainable solutions for the water dilemmas ahead in playful and accessible manners. The artists create sculptures combining functional source-based objects, photography, steel welding, sound and objects related to the water problematic. The work commissioned by the Austrian Pavilion of the International Expo 2008 Zaragoza is entitled ‘OrtaWater Zillie Fluvial Unit’. It incorporates the traditional Zillie canoe form the mountain regions of Austria, with an organic steel structure which forms a ‘bottle rack for hundreds of bottles of water collected from destinations around the world.OrtaWater was the focus of major survey exhibitions at the Hangar Biccoca contemporary art centre in Milan (2008); the Venice Biennale and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Rotterdam (2005) and the Galleria Continua Beijing (2006).‘OrtaWater’ received an ‘Award for Sculpture’ that combines artistic excellence with an environmental message, presented by the United Nations Environment Programme at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo 2007.
Carried Away Procession in Art

Carried Away Procession in Art

13 June 2008 - 21 September 2008
MMKA, Group Exhibition
Holland
The Arnhem Museum of Modern Art will be participating in the annual procession Sonsbeek where citizens carry thirty artworks through the streets and it is an occasion for the MMKA to study the phenomenon of civic rituals. How have 20th- and 21st-century artists adopted and used procession in their work and why have they chosen this form? If one examines art history, one will find an explosion of processions in the 1910-20s, ’60-70s, and ‘90s. The exhibition explores a number of related developments through a sociological approach such as an increasing feeling of emptiness and disorientation due to secularization, individualism and a lack of symbols and rituals. Particular attention is paid to the problems of the supposed neutrality of the street, to interactivity and shared authorship, and to the possibility of conveying the experience of the procession through documentation.but also in society.Artists participating include: Francis Alÿs, Gijs Assmann, Joseph Beuys, Günter Brus, Daniel Buren, James Lee Byars, James Ensor, Yvonne Dröge Wendel, Meschac Gaba, George Grosz, Thomas Hirschhorn, Allan Kaprow, William Kentridge, Fransje Killaars, Daniel Martinez, Begoña Munoz, Lucy Orta, Francis Picabia, Roger Raveel, Vladimir Tatlin, Jean Tinguely, Endre Tót, Stephen Wilks
Skin Deep

Skin Deep

13 June 2008 - 21 September 2008
Fort Asperen, Group Exhibition
Holland
Nothing is taken more for granted than the skin. Almost everything is covered by skin.Skin is an organ, is a household word. Skin can be affected or open up. Skin is on thesurface. Skin can breathe, can crawl, offers protection, gives character and identity. Yet, skin is awkward and intangible. Can a piece of leather still be called skin? Is what is left on the bottom of a dried-up creek a form of skin? What do we mean when someone is under our skin? The essence is only skindeep. Skin Deep is an exploration of the various meanings of the word skin. It is a visual and descriptive study touching upon the areas of physics, sociology, philosophy, economics, visual arts, design and poetry. Skin Deep is a surprising, titillating and confronting journey.In 2008 Fort Asperen will cooperate with the National Glass Museum inLeerdam. The exhibition Skin Deep can be seen inAsperen while at the same time the experimental project calledBlowing Life takes place in the Hot Glass Studio of the NationalGlass Museum.
Antarctica

Antarctica

03 April 2008 - 08 June 2008
Hangar Bicocca spazio d'arte, Milan, Solo Exhibition
Italy
In the spring of 2007, Lucy + Jorge Orta went on an expedition to Antarctica as part of an artistic project on this frozen continent. It was both a real and a symbolic journey to the edge of the world, living in an extreme environment under the severest survival conditions. The Antarctica exhibition in the Hangar Bicocca, curated by Bartolomeo Pietromarchi, represents the first complete and organic public showing of the artworks created by the artists as a result of their unique experience in Antarctica. The exhibition is also an occasion for presenting other major works created by Lucy + Jorge Orta over the last five years, addressing social, environmental and humanitarian issues: mobility, population migration, climate and environmental crises, and human rights. On exhibition are the emblematic dome architectures that composed the Antarctic Village actually installed in Antarctica as well as 'Drop Parachutes', 'Survival Kits' and the video projection of their expedition. Antarctic Village – No Borders is a symbol for those who will do anything cross borders in their search for refuge from the social and political conflicts in their home country. Off limits to military activity and protected as an ecosystem, the Antarctic contains 70% of the planet’s fresh water reserves. Antarctic Village thus becomes the emblem of a future in which true globalisation will mean a more equitable redistribution of resources and the right to exist for the people of the world.
Antarctic Village - 13:3

Antarctic Village - 13:3

16 March 2008 - 01 June 2008
Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, Solo Exhibition
Holland
Antarctic Village – No Borders was first developed in the early 1990’s by Lucy + Jorge Orta as a Utopian endeavour through which the artists could consider the current climate of migration and the refugee status in which many people throughout the world find themselves. The Antarctic continent is a neutral territory free of conflict as decreed by the 1959 Antarctic Treaty, a place where women and men, displaced from their native homelands for economical, social or political reasons, can find peaceful refuge. Drawn upon their research, Lucy + Jorge Orta are developing a symbolic ‘Antarctic Passport’ to create a discussion platform for human rights, and for world citizens to move freely across territories and borders. The bearer of the Antarctic nationality could see their human rights recognized and respected as the passport includes a modification of Article 13 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Article 13:3 Every human being has the right to move freely and cross frontiers to their chosen territory. Individuals should not be deemed of an inferior status to that of capital, trade, telecommunication and pollution, all of which have no boundaries.
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