Frieze Projects Announced for London 2014 Art Fair

Frieze Projects at Frieze London 2014 will bring together seven new commissions, realised both at the fair and in a number of offsite locations around the city. Curated by Nicola Lees, Frieze Projects is the programme of artist commissions that takes place annually at Frieze London, and this year has a focus on artists whose practices intersect with other disciplines including dance, film and music. Many have been produced in collaboration with institutions across London and the UK, drawing attention to the working relationships that crisscross the cultural fabric of the city.

Frieze Projects at Frieze London 2014 will bring together seven new commissions, realised both at the fair and in a number of offsite locations around the city. Curated by Nicola Lees, Frieze Projects is the programme of artist commissions that takes place annually at Frieze London, and this year has a focus on artists whose practices intersect with other disciplines including dance, film and music. Many have been produced in collaboration with institutions across London and the UK, drawing attention to the working relationships that crisscross the cultural fabric of the city.

The artists participating in Frieze Projects at Frieze London 2014 are: Jérôme Bel with Dance Umbrella; Cerith Wyn Evans with ZSL London Zoo; Isabel Lewis with the ICA, London and Liverpool Biennial; Nick Mauss with Northern Ballet; Sophia Al Maria, Jonathan Berger and Tobias Madison.

At the fair, Nick Mauss will create a ‘living stage’ on which a new ballet will be performed each day. His first major dance work will be produced with Northern Ballet, with text and music performed live by Kim Gordon and Juliana Huxtable. Jonathan Berger will reassemble fragments from Andy Kaufman’s personal life and career, and restage a forgotten piece of music from Kaufman’s variety show at Carnegie Hall. Tobias Madison will con- struct an experiential environment in which visitors’ movements will be translated into light, while Sophia Al Maria carves out subliminal routes across the fair, pointing to potential conspiracies.

Offsite from the fair, Cerith Wyn Evans will locate a new work and per- formance in the heart of ZSL London Zoo. Isabel Lewis will host a series of ‘occasions’ throughout London, including one at the Old Selfridges Hotel, that play with the accepted behaviours between host and guest. In partner- ship with Dance Umbrella, Frieze Projects will bring Jérôme Bel’s acclaimed Disabled Theatre to London for the first time.

Nicola Lees said: ‘Frieze London continues to provide an exciting context for the commissioning of works that engage with the live dynamics of the fair. Dance and choreography have emerged as significant threads running though this year’s Projects programme, with artists exploring the dynamics
between on-stage/back-stage, and the processes of rehearsal. Projects range from Jérôme Bel’s Disabled Theatre, a direct translation of the rehearsal en- vironment, to Nick Mauss’ ballet, described by collaborator Kim Gordon as “an ongoing rehearsal” for an unfinished work; and Cerith Wyn Evans has completely transported his stage to the Zoo. I am pleased that we’ve been able to collaborate with a diverse group of institutional partners to realise this year’s projects, and that the focus on performance will be further articulated through Frieze London’s first “Live” section of galleries.’

New to the fair in 2014 is the inaugural Frieze Artist Award, established to enable an emerging artist to present a site-specific work at Frieze London. The winner of this year’s award is Mélanie Matranga. This year’s fair also introduces ‘Live’, a new section of galleries in the fair dedicated to performance-based installations, selected by Nicola Lees.

Frieze Projects presents newly commissioned artworks by international art- ists, and gives an opportunity to realize ambitious ideas in an exceptional environment.

Frieze London takes place from the 15–18 October 2014. In 2014, Frieze London is sponsored by Deutsche Bank for the eleventh consecutive year.

Sophia Al Maria (b.1983, USA)
Inspired by the subliminal messages in John Carpenter’s high-concept/low- budget film They Live, Al Maria will devise a project that asks if there is a conspiracy against everyday people who look at art. In the same way that Carpenter’s film proposes that commercial advertising is an occulted mode of mind-control, Al Maria’s project will ask what an art fair is really saying to its visitors. Composing a combination of amusing and poignant statements to mark the walls of the fair and icons inspired by petroglyphs, she will look to expose the conspiracy.

Sophia Al Maria (b.1983, USA) is an artist, writer, and filmmaker, based in London, UK. She studied comparative literature at the American University in Cairo, and aural and visual cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her recent research has focused on the concept of ‘Gulf Futurism’, recently presented in a talk at ‘The Future of the Future’ hosted by Vancouver Art Gallery and Douglas Coupland. Al Maria’s work has been exhibited at the Gwangju Biennale, Frieze, London and the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London. Her writing has appeared in Harper’s Magazine, Triple Canopy and Bidoun. Her memoir _The Girl Who Fell to Earth _was published in 2012 and she is currently working on a feature length rape-revenge film set in Cairo.

Jérôme Bel (b.1964, France)
In partnership with Dance Umbrella, Frieze Projects will bring Jérôme Bel’s critically acclaimed _Disabled Theatre _to London. This will be the UK premiere for this work, which was originally presented at Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels and later in dOCUMENTA (13). A collaboration with Theater HORA, a Zurich-based theater company of professional actors with learning disabilities, the performance offers a rare glimpse at lives laid bare on the stage in a way that is both compassionate and vulnerable. During the performance eleven actors, between the ages of 18 and 44, react freely, subjectively and often with humour, to a series of tasks proposed by Bel.

Performances will take place at Shaw Theatre on Euston Road, conveniently located a short distance from Regent’s Park. There will be three shows in total: two evening performances (14 and 15 October) and one matinée (15 October). Tickets are available now from

Jérôme Bel lives in Paris and works worldwide. His many projects include nom donné par l’auteur (1994), a choreography of objects; Jérôme Bel (1995), a project based on the total nudity of the performers; The Last Performance (1998), which quotes a solo by the choreographer Susanne Linke, as well as Hamlet and André Agassi; The Show Must Go On (2001), bringing together 20 performers, 19 pop songs and one DJ. Véronique Doisneau (2004), a solo on the dancer from the Paris Opera, and its Brazilian version, Isabel Torres (2005), for the ballet of the Teatro Municipal of Rio de Janeiro;_ Pichet Klunchun and Myself _(2005), created in Bangkok with the Thai traditional dancer Pichet Klunchun; and _Cour d’Honneur _(2013), presented at the Festival d’Avignon 2013.

Partner: Dance Umbrella |

Jonathan Berger (b.1980, USA)
Berger’s project for Frieze London is inspired by Andy Kaufman’s 1979 performance Andy Kaufman Plays Carnegie Hall. Best known as an actor, entertainer, and comedian, Kaufman appeared regularly in 1970s and ‘80s American television shows such as Saturday Night Live and Taxi. At the same time he had an alternative career as an stand-up innovator and live performer. Berger has proposed to bring the musical composition of the Overture that was performed at _Andy Kaufman Plays Carnegie Hall _back to life at Frieze London. This piece of music was co-conceived by conductor Gregg Sutton and was only ever played on that occasion with no recording. Berger will collaborate with Sutton to develop the project, which will culminate in a daily performance at the fair by a full orchestra. The site for these performances will also feature ephemera from Kaufman’s life and work; and his friends, family and collaborators will be present within the space to engage with visitors. Berger’s project seeks to act as an investigative portrait of an unclassifyable figure of American cultural history.

Jonathan Berger lives in New York and works across a number of disciplines including sculpture, performance, archival projects and education. His projects often engage with the creation and presentation of exhibitions. Berger received his MFA from New York University (NYU) in 2006 and his BFA from California Institute of the Arts (CALARTS) in 2002. A recent recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, he is an Assistant Professor at NYU as well as the Director of the University’s 80WSE Gallery. Recent exhibition projects include ‘On Creating Reality, by Andy Kaufman’ presented at Maccarone Inc., New York (2013) in conjunction with ‘Andy Kaufman’s 99cent Tour’ at Participant Inc.; and ‘Stuart Sherman: Nothing Up My Sleeve’ at Participant, Inc., New York (2009), which was included in the 2009 PERFORMA Biennial.

Isabel Lewis (b. 1981, Dominican Republic)
Isabel Lewis will host a series of ‘occasions’, in collaboration with ICA London and at the Old Selfridges Hotel, that conjure the ancient Greek symposium, where philosophising, drinking and the erotic were inseparable. Occurring over the five days of the fair they are a celebratory meeting of things, people, plants, music, smells and dances. Lewis is the host, and also an orator, impostor, DJ and dancer. Lewis is collaborating with Norwegian chemist and smell researcher Sissel Tolaas, who will create the scents for the Frieze occasions.

Isabel Lewis is an artist of Dominican and American origin who grew up on a suburban island off the coast of southwest Florida. Whilst living in New York, Lewis danced for many choreographers and from 2004 exhibited commissioned works at The Kitchen, Dance Theater Workshop, New Museum and Movement Research at Judson Church, amongst others. Lewis moved to Berlin in 2009, where she spent the next two years working as an editor and DJ, before creating her solo show STRANGE ACTION (2010). Isabel draws from her training in literary criticism, dance, and choreography as well as from party and popular culture.

Partners: Liverpool Biennial and ICA, London | /

Tobias Madison (b.1985, Switzerland)
For his first solo presentation in the UK, Madison will create two adjacent rooms at Frieze London that are interwoven by sensoric and microbic technology. By creating an immersive environment that tests the interplay between staged architecture and viewers, Madison is looking to make a specific reference to Michael Asher’s 1970 project for Pomona Collage in which Asher left the gallery without a door for 24 hours a day, introducing the light and noise of the street into the gallery.

Tobias Madison lives and works in Zürich, Switzerland. Madison uses video, text and installation as tools for continuous recording, distribution and thinking. So far, his career has been defined by a collaborative practice, in projects for the 2013 Carnegie International and The Power Station, Dallas, with artists Emanuel Rossetti and Stefan Tcherepnin. His ambitious project for Frieze will be his first solo presentation in the UK.

Nick Mauss (b.1980, USA)
For Frieze, Mauss will construct a ‘living stage’ within the fair, on which a new ballet is performed each day. These durational performances will take place both on stage and backstage, responding to the fair environment as a place of constant movement and social dance. The ballet will be accompanied and interrupted by newly commissioned texts and music, performed live by Kim Gordon and Juliana Huxtable. Mauss will work closely with choreographer Kenneth Tindall and five dancers from Northern Ballet to develop this piece, with acclaimed choreographer Lorena Randi acting as mentor and dramaturge.

Nick Mauss lives in New York and works at the interstices of different media. He is a graduate of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and teaches in the MFA program at Bard College, New York. Mauss has had recent solo exhibitions at Independenza Studio, Rome; Midway Contemporary, Minneapolis; 303 Gallery, New York; and MD72, Berlin. His work has been exhibited at institutions including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and Artists Space, New York. He was included in the 2012 Whitney Biennial and his writing has been published in_ Artforum_, MAY, Peep Hole, and MAP.

Partner: Northern Ballet |

Cerith Wyn Evans (b.1958, UK)
Presenting offsite, Cerith Wyn Evans will install a work in the heart of ZSL London Zoo in Regent’s Park. By creating an exhibition with an audience of both humans and animals, Wyn Evans will twist the relationship between the subject and object involved in the viewing process. Important historical references for this work include Gino De Dominicis’ five-day exhibition ‘Zodiaco’ (1970) and Braco Dimitrijevic’s 1998 installations with living animals in the Paris Zoo.

Cerith Wyn Evans was born in Wales and his conceptual practice incorporates a range of media, including sculpture, film, photography and text. He has participated in numerous exhibitions internationally, including the Venice Biennale (1995, 2003 and 2013) and Documenta 11 (2002). He began his career as a filmmaker, making his own short experimental films throughout the 1980s. Since the 1990s, his work has focused on language and perception in relation to the context of the exhibition site or its history.

Further Information

Frieze Projects: Established in 2003, Frieze Projects is a not-for-profit programme of artist commissions, films and music events, curated by Nicola Lees and taking place annually at Frieze London. Previous curators have been: Polly Staple, Neville Wakefield and Sarah McCrory.

Nicola Lees: Since 2013, Nicola Lees has been the curator for Frieze Projects, the annual not-for-profit programme featuring artist commissions, film and music at Frieze London. Nicola previously worked as Senior Curator of Public Programmes at the Serpentine Gallery, London, where she oversaw interdisciplinary, time-based and performance projects, including the Serpentine Gallery Marathon (co-curated with Hans Ulrich Obrist), the Serpentine Cinema series, artist commissions and Park Nights. She curated the exhibition ‘Left Pop Bringing it Home’ at the Second Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (2007). At the Irish Museum of Modern Art, she curated exhibitions by Alex Katz, Miroslaw Balka, and a group exhibition with Philippe Parreno.

Frieze Projects 15 Oct PV 16-18 Oct Public opening

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