Touched

Runs 17 September – 28 November 2010

Touched will consist of new art that succeeds in affecting the viewer: art that moves us in mind, body and soul.

The new commissions for Touched will be announced early spring 2010.

The discussions within the curatorial team set out with the recognition that if art is to be memorable, interesting or influential it has to start by moving us. Touched presents affective art, and so becomes a sketch map of the affections – passion, rage, lust, pleasure, fear and joy. Throughout history, artists have refreshed their practice through returning to these permanent motivators in the human psyche. The collapse and restructuring of financial markets in the countries formerly known as G8 has given urgency to our need for an art whose outlook is characterised by inter-dependence and mutual responsibility. Artists depend on their art touching its audience to communicate shared meaning. The erotic frisson between art and its audience is the same as that between individuals who share interests.

Since 2002, Liverpool Biennial’s International exhibition has provided a collaborative curatorial platform for artworks especially commissioned for the exhibition, many of which are shown in non-gallery sites and may be ephemeral. The 2010 international show will celebrate a decade of commissioning new art – more than 200 artworks – through curatorial collaboration. As a result of Liverpool Biennial’s success, commissioning and collaboration have become increasingly common strategies globally for Biennials and Triennials during this period.

Lewis Biggs is the Artistic Director of Touched. The curatorial team is Lorenzo Fusi, Liverpool Biennial (non-gallery sites); Peter Gorschl├╝ter (Tate Liverpool); Patrick Henry (Open Eye Gallery); Sara-Jayne Parsons (the Bluecoat); Mike Stubbs (FACT – Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) and Mark Waugh (Afoundation / Greenland Street).