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Il Tempo del Postino

For a joint commission between the Manchester International Festival and the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, curator Hans-Ulrich Obrist and artist Philippe Parreno orchestrated a series of performances by artists, which premiered last July at the Opera House in Manchester, UK. Artforum asked two of its regular contributors to give their impressions of the works presented onstage.

MARTIN HERBERT

FOR “IL TEMPO DEL POSTINO (The Time of the Postman), which took place on three evenings this past July in Manchester, curators Hans-Ulrich Obrist and Philippe Parreno offered contemporary artists not previously known for their onstage performances up to fifteen minutes of “exhibition time” before a seated audience. This unusual format set up a basic question: If you are deprived of the liberty you enjoy in a traditional spatialized exhibition—where you can alight hither and yon, and autonomously fast-forward

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