The New El Dorado commissioned by the Manifesta Foundation for Manifesta 8, The 8th edition of Manifesta, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Murcia and Cartagena, Spain. Opening date 02-10-2010
 Closing date 09-01-2011.

Campbell, David, Durden, Mark and Brown, Ian (2010) The New El Dorado commissioned by the Manifesta Foundation for Manifesta 8, The 8th edition of Manifesta, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Murcia and Cartagena, Spain. Opening date 02-10-2010
 Closing date 09-01-2011. [Show/Exhibition]

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Official URL: http://manifesta.org/tag/manifesta-8/

Abstract

The New El Dorado is a digital video commissioned for Manifesta 8, by the curator Bassam El Baroni, on behalf of The International Foundation Manifesta, Amsterdam. Manifesta 8 – the European Biennial of Contemporary Art. Hosted by the cities of Murcia and Cartagena in southeast Spain Manifesta 8 explored the idea of Europe in the 21st century at the edges of the continent and sought to engage with Europe’s present-day boundaries with Northern Africa. The New El Dorado explored three related issues; the processes of commodification at work in the consumption of art & popular forms of entertainment through the medium of video, the efficacy of comedy in mediating social conflict and the exploration of national identity within a global context. The video uses an episodic narrative to explore the values and assumptions underpinning the efficacy of socially engaged art and the interventionist impulse at the heart of international art biennials such as Manifesta. Drawing upon our own status as cultural tourists and commodity form, the video engineers a strategic collision between the elitist assumptions attached to Art and its institutions, and the perceived commonplace and vulgar aspects of popular culture. Manifesta 8 attracted over 110,000 visitors, 1809 articles were written about the exhibition and the Biennial was accompanied by a large number of parallel events as well as television and radio programs, publications, Internet sites and multi-media projects. El Dorado was positively reviewed in numerous international journals including, Frieze, Artforum and was described by Theresa Gleadowe in Art Monthly as “Common Culture’s standout video … a keenly observed parody of the rhetoric of cultural engagement.”*

Item Type: Show/Exhibition
Additional Information: Participating Artists: Artists AA The ART ASSEMBLY • Abed Anouti • AGM 10 Annual General Meeting • Basma AlSharif • Esref Armagan • Mounira Al Solh • Babi Badalov • Backbench • Brumaria • Erick Beltran • Gonzalo Ballester • Igor & Ivan Buharov• Lene Berg • Michael Paul Britto • Neil Beloufa • Pablo Bronstein • Banu Cennetoglu / Shiri Zinn • Boris Charmatz • Celine Condorelli • Common Culture • Danilo Correale • Ergin Cavusoglu • Filipa César • Heman Chong • Lou Lou Cherinet • Cristina David • Juan Downey • Kajsa Dahlberg • Stephan Dillemuth • Willie Doherty • Aida Eltorie • Alfonso Escudero • Anders Eiebakke • Marcelo Expósito & Verónica Iglesia • Sherif El-Azma • Carla Filipe • Simon Fujiwara • Alexandra Galkina • Laurent Grasso • Melanie Gilligan • Pedro G. Romero / Archivo F.X. • Ryan Gander • Thierry Geoffroy/ Colonel • Karl Holmqvist • Khaled Hafez • Nav Haq • Ralf Homann • Sung Hwan Kim • Incubator for a Pan-African Roaming Biennial • Adela Jušic • Ann Veronica Janssens • Jeleton • Hassan Khan • Mahmoud Khaled • Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc/ Sarah Maldoror • Irene Lucas & Christoph Euler • Ana Martínez • Charles Mudede • Darius Miksys • Erlea Maneros Zabala • Kenny Muhammad & Adam Carrigan • Metahaven • Nastio Mosquito • Rosell Meseguer • Suhail Malik •Angel Nevarez & Valerie Tevere • Fay Nicolson • nOFFICE • Bouchra Ouizguen • Lorraine O’Grady • Nada Prlja • Olivia Plender • Prayers for Art • Ariel Reichman • David Rych • Emily Roysdon • Jasper Rigole • María Ruido • n.e.w.s.:Renée Ridgway/Rick van Amersfoort • Red76 • Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz • Alexandre Singh • Catarina Simao • Jean-Marc Superville Sovak • Kim Sung Hwan • Nikolaus Schletterer • Ruti Sela • Mariusz Tarkawian • Michael Takeo Magruder • Stefanos Tsivopoulos • Take to the Sea • The Action Mill • The MoCHA Sessions • The Otolith Group • Martin Vongrej • Tomáš Vanek • Tris Vonna-Michell • Tanja Widmann • Wooloo • Raed Yassin
Subjects: W100 Fine Art
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Arts
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Depositing User: David Campbell
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2013 16:56
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2015 09:22
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/11698

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