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Bar and Book Launch
Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, Tuesday 10 June 2014

BAR VULKAN staged The Living Bar to launch the book Please Come to the Show edited by David Senior and published by Occasional Papers. A dazzling array of speakers stepped up to the bar to talk about invitation cards, including Ruth Blacksell, Sara De Bondt, David Crowley, Juan Cruz, Sophie Demay, Gustavo Grandal Montero, Lola Halifa-Legrand, Will Holder, Antony Hudek, Patrick Lacey (as barman), Kaisa Lassinaro, Marysia Lewandowska, John Morgan, Fraser Muggeridge and Clive Phillpot.

With thanks to David Senior for making the book; Ella Klaschka and Sylwia Ludas for coming in and making the show; Rosalie Doubal for the ICA’s welcome; Olivier Foulon for the photographs above, as well as his rhyme and reason; and, not least, Rachel Carr for connecting the rest of the world to Liverpool.

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Bar and Bottle Launch
Exhibition Research Centre, Liverpool, Thursday 15 May 2014

To mark the last week of Please Come to the Show, the ERC was honoured to host Berlin-based BAR VULKAN for a memorable performance entitled Flaschenpost Fuer Unbekannte Finder in einer Unbestimmten Zukunft.

With warm thanks to Ella Klaschka and Sylwia Ludas for BAR VULKAN; Rachel Carr and Lee Browne for the support; Andy Freeney for the tour of Liverpool; and Euse Kossakowski for the photograph above.

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Exhibition Research Centre, Liverpool, Tuesday 21 January 2014

As part of the launch of PERSONA magazine co-edited by Melissa Gordon and Marina Vishmidt, artists Chris Evans and Rosalind Nashashibi – under the direction of Jessica Wiesner – re-presented East Coast, West Coast, first recorded by Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson with Joan Jonas in 1969.

With thanks to Andy Freeney and Carlos Santos for the film, and to Hisachika Takahashi whose paintings are visible in the background. For a snippet of the original conversation, see here.

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Hisachika Takahashi

Student Workshop and Exhibition
John Lennon Art and Design Building, Liverpool, Monday 2 December 2013

Hisachika Takahashi gave each LJMU MA Fine Art student a fragment of a painting that he had originally presented as a gift to Robert Rauschenberg. When the painting suffered damage, Rauschenberg returned it to Takahashi to be repaired. Unfortunately Rauschenberg died before Takahashi could restore the canvas, so it remained in Takahashi’s possession until the workshop. The eleven students had two days to create a new collaborative work from their fragment, which then became part of Hisachika Takahashi: Antwerp 1967/Brussels 2013/Liverpool 2013.

With thanks to Agathe Gonnet, Rosalind Nashashibi, Yuki Okumura, Imogen Stidworthy, Hisachika Takahashi and the MA Fine Art students

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Artist’s Talk
The Bluecoat, Liverpool, Wednesday 17 July 2013

The ERC was honoured to welcome acclaimed Canadian artist IAIN BAXTER& to Liverpool for an illustrated talk on his extraordinary career, from his pivotal role in the 1960s and 1970s conceptual art scene in Vancouver to his more recent ecologically-minded works.

IAIN BAXTER& (born Middlesborough, 1936) studied zoology and fine art before founding the mythical N.E.Thing Co. in 1966, an artistic company active until 1978. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Windsor and a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. He lives in Windsor, Ontario, with his wife and collaborator Louise Chance BAXTER&.

With thanks to IAIN BAXTER&, Bryan Biggs and Juan Cruz

See the IAINBAXTER&raisonnE website and blog.

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Artists’ Talk with Aya Ben Ron and Dominique Hurth
John Lennon Art and Design Building, Liverpool, Sunday 19 May 2013

Artists Aya Ben Ron and Dominique Hurth talked about their works in BLACKOUT with the exhibition’s curators Imogen Stidworthy and Patrick Henry. The conversation broached the nature of subjectivity at the core of both artists’ practices, and the implications of making visible the lives of individuals who remain out of sight.

Part of LOOK/13, the 2013 Liverpool International Photography Festival

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CS Leigh

That First Camera No Longer Exists
Tate Modern, London, Friday 3 May 2013

A new performance by C.S. Leigh as part of his exhibition ‘In Camera’ at the ERC, referencing the history of the Nouvelle Vague and the aesthetic and practical concerns of film making.

With thanks to CS Leigh, Fiontan Moran and Stuart Comer

Watch the complete performance here.

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CS Leigh

CS Paris Metro
A Sneak Preview of a New Film
FACT, Liverpool, Tuesday 30 April 2013

On the occasion of ‘In Camera’ at the ERC, CS Leigh presented a Sneak Preview of a New Film comprised of 123,395 frames. The film was recently completed in a new version for the screening, which was followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker.

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Jacques Charlier

Video of Opening of ‘Photographs of Openings’
Exhibition Research Centre, Liverpool, Wednesday 30 January 2013

For the opening of his exhibition of ‘Photographs of Openings’ – the ERC’s inaugural opening – conceptual artist Jacques Charlier takes us on a tour of the event attended by such dignified guests as Yves Gevaert, Lynda Morris and Valerie Stephenson.

With thanks to Emma E. Ashman and Andrew Freeney

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