previews

  • Museo Hidráulico los Molinos del Río y Sala Caballerizas.

    Manifesta 8

    Manifesta 12
    Multiple Locations
    October 9, 2010–January 9, 2011

    Curated by Alexandria Company, Arts Forum, Chamber of Public Secrets, and tranzit.org

    Created in 1996 as a roaming curatorial consideration of an expanding Europe’s swiftly changing relationships with regions abroad, Manifesta has since arguably become as much a meditation on curating itself, introducing new terms for site-specificity, while pressing the traditional framework of art to engage other fields, from education to governance. In this spirit, Manifesta 8 brings together three teams of organizers to plumb the social ties between Murcia and northern Africa. The vast majority of the artists’ projects on view here are newly commissioned, with installations in a local prison and a former autopsy pavilion, among other places. Yet the pressure placed on the parameters of art might still feel familiar, as when tranzit.org invites a global cast of cultural producers to pen a “constitution” laying down the rules of engagement among contemporary artists, audiences, and curators.