AboutCurated by Jan Verwoert.
What defines an exhibition as an event? If not its beginning and end, then how could the modalities of its duration be changed and used to redefine what the show can be?
In their exhibition Lying Freely, Ruth Buchanan and Eveline van den Berg attempt to do precisely that. They will treat the time of the show as a medium to work in.
Materials and experiences are accumulated during the time of the exhibition; daily through objects and texts displayed in the gallery and posted online, eventually culminating in a live reading performance (lasting as long as it takes to read all the texts) and an accumulated sculpture.
During the period of accumulation all texts and objects will be exhibited in a basic display and archive system designed for this purpose, with two works by Buchanan and van den Berg creating a backdrop for the invigilator, designating the space as a site where an event is in the making.
As the temporal parameters of the exhibition are unhinged, the experience of the work is opened up in time. Who will experience the work, when, and how? The casual visitor, those attending the final presentation, or the invigilator reading the texts and observing the changes in the space day by day are all bound to have different experiences of the work. All of these experiences in the end will make up the show. But will anyone know what the invigilator read and saw? There is no way to tell. If you ask, he or she may just be lying freely.
Gallery Open: Thursday 12th June - Sunday 22nd, 12-6pm (open daily)
Closing event: Friday 20th June starting at 6pm. Free entry.