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Terminal Convention is an art, music and discursive event featuring some of the world’s leading and emerging international artists, musicians and theorists.

Participants include artists: Douglas Gordon, Rosa Barba, Padraig Timoney, Seamus Nolan, artist and pop-provocateur Bill Drummond, musicians: Shackleton, Will Sergeant DJ set (Echo & The Bunnymen) The Sand Band and And So I Watch You From Afar, and writers/theorists: Annie Fletcher, George Yudice, Charles Esche and Stephen Wright.

The concept for the project has been developed by Paul Sullivan, Static Gallery, Liverpool.

Terminal Convention consists of four interrelated strands: Exhibition, Symposium, Music Event and Art Fair.

Exhibition 17–27 March

Participating artists: Rosa Barba, Juan Cruz, Ross Dalziel (Sound Network), Douglas Gordon, Diane Guyot, Michael Hannon, Martin Healy, Nevan Lahart, Shane Munro, Seamus Nolan, Peter Norrman, Jacqueline Passmore, Le Pavillon (Palais de Tokyo/Paris), Hannah Pierce, Frederic Pradeau, Becky Shaw, Imogen Stidworthy, Padraig Timoney and Adrian Williams.

Exhibitions Curator is Peter Gorschlüter (Deputy Director of MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main).

Gorschlüter states:

“Airports today are among the most controlled places in the world, and the most vulnerable, too, not only in terms of security, but also, and more importantly, with regard to human relations, retail strategies and global economies. In 2006 the former Cork International Airport Terminal was decommissioned. A site that saw thousands of passengers passing through arrival and departure halls, duty free shops and customs controls every day until a few hours earlier, finally closed its doors for the last time.

Now, reopened for a few days after years of abandonment in which the site has preserved the traces of its past and has assumed a personal, almost humanlike identity, flickering technology and infrastructure, personal goods and permanently lost property, airport diaries and broken display cases are being reactivated to unfold new life through the interventions and works by over twenty international artists.”

Commissioning partners: National Sculpture Factory, Ireland.

Symposium 17–19 March

Airport Art: Is it a Terminal Convention?

Director of symposium is John Byrne (Co-Director of Static and Programme leader of Fine Art LJMU)

Byrne states:

“Airport Art: Is it a Terminal Convention? forms both the meta-framework for the Terminal Convention project as a whole and an opportunity for academics, thinkers, theorists and activists to dig deeper behind the scenes of the ‘Global Art Industry’. Within our current neo-liberal economy (a globalised economy which thrives on its ability to encourage and re-absorb acceptable levels of shock and dissent) art and the art industry are badly in need of a ‘Napster moment’—a way of re-thinking and re-routing the circuits through which art is produced, distributed, evaluated and consumed. And this ‘Napster moment’ can no longer hope to somehow happen outside the confines and strictures of our current economically driven models of living—there is simply no outside left, no other place to go. What is at stake here is the search for new subjectivities and new forms of autonomous dissent. What is needed is the re-coding and re-structuring of our relationships to our art historical pasts. What is demanded are ways to think ourselves through differently.”

Symposium partners: CIT Crawford College of Art & Design and Liverpool John Moores University School of Art and Design.

Music Event 16–19 March

The music element at Terminal Convention explores some of the key new developments in the world of independent music. Working with artists who’s material has a resonance within the wider theme’s of Terminal Convention, the three evenings of performances will range stylistically from experimental electronic to post-rock to roots to neo-pop.

Art Fair 17–20 March

The Terminal Convention International Art Fair, situated in the Departures Hall, provides a physical installation context to the wider discursive examination of the art market and globalization taking place in the symposium.

The design, by Architects Paul Sullivan, Ste Thorpe and Jonathan Woodward (STATIC Architecture), examines notions of public and private space, fabrication, the architecture of the sale, VIP, and military and temporary urban installations.

17–27 March 2011,
Open daily 10am–6pm

Press Preview: 16 March, 2-6pm
Opening night: 16 March, 6-9pm

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