Unsettle @ Metal

Unsettle @ Metal, Liverpool Biennial 2012


Jon Davies finds HIVE in scintillating form in a recreation of the Pendle witch trials at Metal…  Whenever the HIVE team are involved in a large scale audiovisual project in Liverpool you know...

Guest, Unexpected

Guest, Unexpected


Chinese journalist Joe Zhu on his remarkable embodiment of the theme at this year’s Biennial… Heading back to my hometown, here I am at Amsterdam airport with 2 hours waiting for transport. I’m...

Marina Abramovic Dangerous Games

Random Acts: Artists Interventions into Broadcast


Linda Pittwood finds that, despite the pervasive and ubiquitous internet, TV remains a powerful medium for the message …  Dangerous Games is a powerful new video artwork by Marina Abramovic, and is a complete...

Making Chinatown

Ming Wong’s Making Chinatown – Reviewed


Themes can occasionally become obstacles for artists and their work. How would Ming Wong fair? The line between parody and pastiche can sometimes appear a very thin one indeed, blurry at best. And...

FAR @ Liverpool Playhouse, courtesy Ravi Deepres

FAR @ The Playhouse – Reviewed


C James Fagan was taken on a journey of discovery by FAR… I’ll open with an admission. Until very recently I was unaware that this event was happening. It’s only through a stroke...

Narbi Price, Untitled Kerbstone Painting (MJK) 91.5x122 Acrylic on Canvas (2012)

Painting – A Dialogue


Linda Pittwood considers the talks, discussions and tours at the Walker Art Gallery on contemporary painting, as part of this weekend’s John Moores Painting Prize summit … Artist Patrick Heron wrote in 1963: “Painting still has a...

Forgotten, by Pete Clarke

Liverpool and Cologne: Non-Identical Twins


Bryan Biggs, artist and Artistic Director at the Bluecoat, reflects on Liverpool’s ongoing cultural links with Cologne following a recent visit to the Rhine city… Under the title Eight Days A Week, the...

Response @ Fallout Factory

Response @ Fallout Factory – Reviewed


Adam Scovell finds reasons to be optimistic about the Independents Biennial at Fallout Factory… There’s a wealth of independent shows and projects around this year’s Liverpool Biennial. With the official festival itself being...

Dora Garcia in conversation with Laurence Payot

Biennial 2012: Dora Garcia & Laurence Payot in conversation


We filmed Spanish artist Dora Garcia talking to French (Liverpool based) artist Laurence Payot about the ups and downs of working with the public, and whether performance art is ‘real’ or ‘not real’...