Frieze Projects at Frieze London 2016

Frieze, London

June 27, 2016

October 6–9, 2016

The Regent’s Park

Frieze has announced the participating artists for Frieze Projects at Frieze London, October 6–9, 2016. Curated for the first time by Raphael Gygax (Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich), the non-profit programme of new artist commissions at Frieze London 2016 is inspired by questions surrounding human relationships and the transformative potential of art. Frieze Projects and the Frieze Artist Award are supported by the LUMA Foundation for the second consecutive year.

Sibylle Berg & Claus Richter, Coco Fusco, Martin Soto Climent, Julie Verhoeven, Samson Young and Frieze Artist Award-winner Yuri Pattison will realize thought-provoking projects spanning literature, dance, theatre and sound composition. Taking place throughout Frieze London, the programme also presents Operndorf Afrika (Opera Village Africa), an arts project initiated in 2009 by German film and theatre director and artist Christoph Schlingensief (1960–2010).

For the first time, the award-winning German writer Sibylle Berg will collaborate with artist Claus Richter to create an experimental puppet theatre, with daily performances which explore, with humour, the sinister future of humankind. Mexican artist Martin Soto Climent will realize his first-ever performative sculpture, constructing a large, spider web-like installation made of tights which will then be animated by acrobatic dancers, who seem to coax the viewer into a Surrealist dream.

London-based artist Julie Verhoeven’s “hospitable” intervention will transform one of the fair’s bathrooms into a playful and funny “total artwork.” In a one-off performance at the fair, internationally acclaimed Cuban/American artist Coco Fusco will give the UK premiere of Observations of Predation in Humans: A Lecture by Dr. Zira, co-commissioned with Liverpool Biennial. The Hong Kong-based artist and composer Samson Young will invite visitors to escape, in pairs, into a “multimedia walk” through the fair, immersed in a fictional world of sound.

With the installation presenting the Operndorf Afrika (Opera Village Africa), the audience will have the chance to discover a groundbreaking arts project located near Ouagadougou, the capital city of Burkina Faso initiated by German film/theatre director Christoph Schlingensief (1960–2010). The highly discussed project is run as a non-profit organisation led by Aino Laberenz.

This year’s Frieze Artist Award-winner Yuri Pattison will observe the political implications of “trending” technology in our digitalized world by installing a “networked artwork” throughout the fair.

Frieze London takes place a week earlier than previous years, from October 6–9 with a new Preview Day on Wednesday, October 5.

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Frieze Projects and the Frieze Artist Award are supported by the LUMA Foundation.