Today Manifesta detailed its plans for Manifesta 11, which Christian Jankowski is organizing in Zurich, and let me tell you, it is a quite a production.
The biennial’s title, the foundation revealed, will be “What People Do for Money: Some Joint Ventures,” and it will include some 30 new “productions” created by artists working in collaboration with various professionals in Zurich. Some examples: Jon Rafman is working with the manager of a spa, Oscar Trott; Maurizio Cattelan (apparently out of retirement?) is paired with a former Paralymic athlete, Edith Wolf Hunkeler; and the writer Michel Houellebecq is joined by a doctor, Henry Perschak. Here’s a bit on that last project, via a news release:
[The doctor] will guide the enfant terrible of French literature through ECG, MRI and blood tests. Houellebecq, who has an interest in the aesthetics of medicine, will display X-ray images of his brain as well as sound recordings and moving images of his heart and circulation alongside the invoices incurred from the examinations. Therefore begging the question: What’s the price of good health?
Jankowski and Francesca Gavin are also organizing “The Historical Exhibition: Sites Under Construction,” a show that will include “over 100 positions,” according to a release. That exhibition includes quite a few big names, young and old, from Martine Syms and Frances Stark to Sister Corita Kent and Thornton Dial.
The full lists of participants in those two endeavors follow below as separate embedded files. Manifesta is set to run this year from June 11 through September 18.
“The Historical Exhibition”