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The Show Will Be Open When The Show Will Be Closed (Paris)

10 October 2006 — 29 October 2006

Kadist Art Foundation, Paris and various other locations

Participating artists
Martí Anson, Marcelline Delbecq, Ryan Gander, Dora Garcia, Roman Ondak, Tue Greenfort, Jens Haaning, Flávia Müller Medeiros, Jonathan Monk, Rivane Neuenschwander, Kirsten Pieroth, SUPERFLEX, Ron Terada, Mungo Thomson, Aaron Young

Curated by Adam Carr

The Show Will Be Open When The Show Will Be Closed is an exhibition of separate, yet interconnected parts, which applies the concept of deterritorialisation to that of exhibition making. A number of international based artists – whose work addresses notions of unorthodox display, alternative timing structures, socio-political concerns and paying a close examination to the everyday - have been invited to conceive a work that will subsequently be placed on the shutters and doors of several Paris based galleries. Consequently, the show will only be revealed and become visible in the evenings, nights and early mornings when each gallery is normally closed. Thus, the common setup of 11am – 6pm will be transposed to 6pm – 11am.

Serving as a central component for the exhibition, the installation at KADIST ART FOUNDATION will comprise a map of the exhibition outlining the location of each participating gallery and artist’s work. As an object available to take away, the map will enable visitors to seek out and discover each artist's piece. The various routes available aspire to encourage a collective or individual form of exploration, allowing new ways of seeing and mapping the city driven by a new incentive. The exhibition, spatially unbound, bypasses the four walls of the host gallery and instead is articulated in various participating locations. The Show Will Be Open When The Show Will Be Closed unites these usually disparate galleries, at least on a conceptual level, albeit whilst they are closed.

By not interfering with the operational structure of each gallery, the project intends to work in the opposite time zone to when exhibitions are commonly viewed thereby propagating another outlook in which art can be experienced. In addition to the viewers who deliberately encounter the exhibition aided by prior information of the map, the exhibition will be seen, at least in part, by passers-by who might not have any interest in seeking out an art experience. The works in this show shade almost imperceptibly into the fabric of the city effecting a small but definite shift in our perceptions of everyday life.