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20.May 2002
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The New York artist Sal Randolph buys place in the Manifesta 4

Sal Randolph "Free Biennial"Tuesday, April 23, New York. Sal Randolph, a New York artist, has bought the participation rights for the European Biennial, Manifesta 4, which will be held in Frankfurt, Germany this summer. She purchased the invitation and participation rights from the invited artist Christoph Buchel, who auctioned his place off via ebay.
Randolph won the ebay auction on March 29 with a high bid of $15,099 (the ebay item #852808885). Put up for auction was the Buchel's conceptual artwork entitled "Invite Yourself", which was also his official entry in the Manifesta 4. As a high bidder, Randolph will receive the full rights accorded to any invited artist, including a project budget, a provisional visit to Frankfurt, the exhibition of their artworks and the representation in the Manifesta 4 catalogue and the short guide.
"I enjoyed the reversals of power that Buchel's piece created", says Randolph. "My own work involves the questioning of the structures of money and power, and it seemed like a perfect match".
Randolph will create a project for Manifesta 4 called "Free Manifesta". "The idea, she says, is to create a context, in which any artist wishing to participate may do so. It will be an open show held in public places and throughout the mass media, such as the Internet, mail, telephone". The exhibition venues of the Manifesta 4 will house an information and social centre for the Free Manifesta. Randolph is currently organising a similar project in New York, the Free Biennial, which will work through the whole of April. "Over 250 artists are participating in the Free Biennial", says Randolph. "I expect to have even more in Free Manifesta".
"As an artwork, Randolph adds, Free Manifesta is an idea-structure, a kind of social architecture. What interests me is how these social architectures are given life by the consensus, the gift of their participants. An alternative economy is created, based around this gift, which joins both the artists and those who experience the artwork in a new relationship".
Sal Randolph produces independent artistic projects involving social networks, situations and interactions, including "Free Words" and "The Free Biennial" . She is a graduate of Harvard and a resident of New York.
Manifesta 4 will take place this summer, from May 24 through to August 25 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Source: Dmitrij Vilenskij

Other texts:
An open call for artists to take part in the Free Manifesta

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