Really Live Art Auction 2016
7pm, Mar 12, 2016
@ Festival of Live Art (FOLA) - Arts House, Melbourne.
For FOLA the Really LIve Art Auction was titled The COMPLETE SMUT Art Auction.
The catalogue of 9 works for auction.
Here is a short video showcasing the entire event.
For a drop down playlist of the short video of each work, click the 3 bar icon on the screen.
Ever since a certain urban Councillor publicly declared that a gallery should be closed down because a work it was exhibiting was "complete smut!", at Punctum we've been pondering questions to do with desire, transaction and public opinion. The Really Live Art Auction is our response. Working with a clutch of fabulous artists, we'll let the market decide what's up for grabs for public presentation and investment, and we'll let the public determine what's worth buying or banishing. It's a series of live art performances that collides systems determining the ‘worth’ of art with a public interrogation of those mechanisms of desire and transaction that inform our relationship to art.
Each of the Really Live Art Auction works expresses potentially controversial subject matter - a taboo subject, outrageous act, contentious view point, provocative gesture, problemaitc and deliberate use of language, a questionable aesthetic, a corrputed operation. But it's perhaps that it's a 'live' auction with the artists as auction lots that is also contestable.
All the works are available for purchase at the auction and inform an on-line catalogue. The auction is an event where audience members are bidders and successful bidders determine the hosting and presentation of the work within the festival program.