"No Soul For Sale: A Festival Of Independents" Exhibition

548 W 22nd Street Building

poster for "No Soul For Sale: A Festival Of Independents" Exhibition

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"No Soul For Sale – A Festival Of Independents" will bring together the most exciting, creative and respected not-for-profit centers, alternative institutions, artists’ collectives and independent enterprises from around the world that contribute to the international art scene by inventing new strategies for the distribution of information and by supporting a diverse cultural program.

X has invited more than 30 art spaces to travel to New York City to present themselves, their programs and the artists they support. With a gesture of radical hospitality, X will provide free space to all participants within the premises of the X building. The participants will be allowed to show whatever they choose, be it art, performances, publications, videos, or simply themselves. In addition to the exhibition space, X will make available to each participant, for a one-hour period, a dedicated performance area on the ground floor in which participants can organize performances, presentations, discussions and music programs.

Neither a fair nor an exhibition, "No Soul For Sale" is a convention of individuals and groups who have devoted their energies to keeping art alive. The Festival will be an exercise in coexistence: organizations will exhibit alongside each other without partitions or walls. As on the set of the legendary Lars Von Trier’s movie Dogville, participants will be assigned spaces that are only marked on the floor, creating a map of an imaginary city of art, where distances and hierarchies are abolished.

With associations and groups coming from Berlin, Milan, Dublin, Barcelona, Paris, Reykjavík, Hong Kong, Rabat, Trinidad, New York, Los Angeles, and many other locations, "No Soul For Sale" provides a unique occasion to foster creative exchange and to connect with international organizations that aren’t usually accessible in New York City. With free entrance and a rich program of daily activities, "No Soul For Sale" will be a celebration of the independent forces that animate contemporary art.


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    Laura Meli tablog review

    The Anti-commerce, Pro-art "No Soul for Sale" Festival

    "The No Soul for Sale: Festival of Independents" is a new kind of art fair. No entry fee, no walls separating one participant from another, no work for sale, just 40+ nonprofit art organizations from around the world coexisting, sharing, and collaborating.

    perke: (2009-06-25 at 11:06)

    i hear nyablog editor-in-chief did not get in on the opening night coz the line was just too long when he got there 8pmish, one hour bef closing. jerry saltz seems to have gotten in htttp://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2009/06/saltz_glimpse_arts_near-future.html need any more reasons to see it.

    matt: (2009-06-29 at 14:06)

    Kaffe Matthews' Sonic Bed_Marfa http://rhizome.org/editorial/2725
    Bed of show.

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