October 25, 2009
LIVE Bienalle 2009 (Turner Prize* does Ice Cream)
LIVE Bienalle 2009
October 25, 3:00 (CST) 2:00 (PDT)
Online and at Chapel Arts, 304 Dunlevy Ave., Vancouver
Online at www.turnerprize.ca
In Ice Cream the three members of Turner Prize* simultaneously
perform webcam shows; visitors to the online site may choose whomever
they would like to perform for them. Each of the three performers
will be holding an ice cream cone and licking ice cream when a
visitor clicks a button marked “lick!”. Depending on the number of
visitors and the frequency with which they instruct the artists to
“lick!,” each performance may be a nauseatingly overindulgent
durational piece, an innuendo-laden cam-girl/boy show, or a sad,
sticky, drippy scene. The work highlights the tendency for
sophisticated technologies to be used for moderately entertaining or
mundane ends. “Interactivity” is reduced to button-clicking, with
each click producing a fairly predictable and unspectacular effect.
Despite these parodic constraints, the resulting performance is
drastically altered through the degree of viewer interaction.
Turner Prize* is a Regina-based art collective comprised of members Jason Cawood, Blair Fornwald, and JG Hampton. Turner Prize*s medium of choice is performative photography, though they also do live and technologically mediated performance, and occasionally conduct audio experiments as the electroacoustic group Hidden Secret.
Since their inception in January 06, 2008 Turner Prize* has been touring the United States and Canada collecting dreams for their growing visual archive.