The Rubberbandits to perform at the Venice Biennale

The Rubberbandits: Blind Boy Boat Club and Mr Chrome, are heading to Venice to represent Ireland at the Biennale. Picture: Steve Ullathorne
THE Rubberbandits are travelling to Venice to perform as part of Ireland’s involvement in the high profile Biennale, which launches this week.

THE Rubberbandits are travelling to Venice to perform as part of Ireland’s involvement in the high profile Biennale, which launches this week.

The plastic bag wearing duo, who hail from Limerick, will join up with the Irish entry to the exhibition, dubbed the ‘Olympics of the art world’.

The duo told the Limerick Leader that they will perform a “piece of performance art” in Venice, the Irish entry to which is being led by visual artist Sean Lynch, who lives and works between Askeaton and London and studied in Limerick School of Art and Design.

Lynch will present a new body of works entitled Adventure: Capital that has been curated by eva International director Woodrow Kernohan, while former City of Culture director Mike Fitzpatrick holds the title of commissioner for Ireland at Venice at the 56th International Art Exhibition - or La Biennale di Venezia to give it its full and proper title.

The Rubberbandits, Mr Kernohan confirmed - who attended the opening of eva last year - are to “lend their support” to the Sean Lynch Ireland at Venice 2015 party and will give a special performance in Campo Santa Maria Formosa this Thursday night in Venice.

“They are part of the celebrations around the Irish entry opening this week,” he said, speaking from Venice.

“We’re performing in Venice this week. Do those gondolas work like regular taxis?” tweeted the Bandits, who are travelling over to Venice today.

“What happens when you mix the longest running celebration of contemporary art in the world and the Rubberbandits? It may be performance art but not as we know it, prepare to be shocked and amazed,” is how the performance is described in a statement issued by the Irish team.

“The duo will no doubt pay appropriate homage to performance art, the history and grandeur of Venice and their love of gondolas – pronounced in their native city of Limerick. Will they sweetly serenade from their gandala? Will they f***, more likely they’ll reinterpret Madonna dancing around bridges and canals, cavorting with the lions of Venice in her Like a Virgin video, of course without the 80’s hairdos (well at least not visibly).

“When the Bandits arrive ‘ridin their gandala,’ expect to be addressed in a full frontal manner on contemporary issues from their manifesto with their very own wrapped version of socially engaged practice emanating from Limerick city, unless they take the wrong canal!”

For the first time this year, Ireland’s entry in the high profile contemporary art exhibition will be located in the in the Arsenale section of the Biennale - essentially the main hall, which is the heartbeat of the festival.

The exhibition, which is supported by Culture Ireland, will subsequently tour to “acclaimed Irish and International institutions in 2016 or 2017” - including Limerick - as Richard Mosse’s The Enclave exhibition did last year for City of Culture.

Updates to follow here on and in the print editions this week.

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