TEMPORARY ART SOUVENIRS will create a temporary mobile shop during Manifesta 8 in Murcia and Cartagena. TEMPORARY ART SOUVENIRS will sell specially tailored art souvenirs to as wide an audience as possible, translating high art into low, low art into high, and making it all available for everyone to buy as a souvenir of the special, one-off art event that is Manifesta 8. TEMPORARY ART SOUVENIRS will not only pop-up at the Manifesta venues but also set up shop on local squares, the shopping mall, migrant neighborhoods and tourist centres.
TEMPORARY ART SOUVENIRS forms an engaging commentary on the double nature of art as symbolic object and as commodity. The effects, problematics and possibilities of a temporal art event are explored in this unpredictable mobile shop, selling art as souvenirs and souvenirs as art. The shop’s mobility allows it to transverse the boundaries between different social spaces, enabling art and ideas to reach a wide range of audiences.
For the realization of this project and as part of the concept, TEMPORARY ART SOUVENIRS offered shares for sale to private and public investors.
THE TEMPORARY ART SOUVENIR SHOP will open exclusively during the opening fortnight of Manifesta 8, appearing for two weeks, between 7th and 17th of October 2010, in Murcia and Cartagena in the South of Spain, at a different location each day.
TEMPORARY ART SOUVENIRS is a project realized by Lauren Alexander, Lado Darakhvelidze, Jimini Hignett, Anna Hoetjes, Jeroen Marttin, Eva Olthof, Julio Pastor and Patricia Sousa.