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
"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.
An open call for artists to take part in the Free Manifesta