'Looking for Headless' is a novel in the making, an intricately woven detective web in search of an offshore company called Headless Ltd. On the evening of 25 March 2010 at the 'Post-War and Contemporary Art Sale', Christie's (London), will offer for sale the opportunity to appear in the novel, as part of a project by artists Goldin+Senneby.
In 'Fiction on Auction', the name of the successful bidder will form the name or identity of a character in the novel thereby entering into the work and becoming part of the fictional process. Inserting a question mark into the relationship between patronage and the work of art, the novel becomes akin to appearing in a portrait that is yet to be made, thereby becoming a form of contemporary commissioning. Goldin+Senneby will create a guided tour exploring the context for their work; including the history of selling conceptual art, the site of the auction house and the history of character and product placement in works of fiction.
The novel 'Looking for Headless' has played a central role in Goldin+Senneby's practice over the past three years. In the novel, the artist characters, Simon Goldin and Jakob Senneby, are investigating an existing offshore company on the Bahamas called Headless Ltd., while getting embroiled in a murder mystery plot spanning art world events, a secret society from the 1930s and the world of offshore finance.
Please contact Irene Revell for further information, or to book a place on the tours: firstname.lastname@example.org / +44 (0)29 7837 3131 / +44 (0)7891 594 988