do it 2013
5 July – 22 September, 2013
Opening Reception Friday 5 July, from 2-6pm
Manchester Art Gallery
Manchester M2 3JL
To celebrate do it’s 20th anniversary, do it 2013 at Manchester Art Gallery premieres 70 brand new artists’ instructions, and brings together artists from the first do it experiments with a new generation of contemporary artists. Divided in four rooms, the exhibition turns the notion of viewing into an active and performative encounter between artists and visitors. The Active Room, presented by the artist Richard Wentworth, will contain a series of instructions aimed at the public. The Homage Room will feature living artists’ reactions to instructions originally created by artists that are no longer with us. The Film Room will screen a large number of do it video works. And finally, the Archive Room, curated by ICI and Hans Ulrich Obrist, in collaboration with Joseph Grigely, will present a collection of ephemeral and indexical documentation from do it participants over the past 20 years; this archive project is an historical record of Hans Ulrich Obrist’s ongoing project to date. The exhibition is organized along different series of events, screenings, live performances, plays, concerts, and exhibitions that take place all around Manchester for the International Festival.