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Action Diana




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A solo exhibition and residency by the Centre of Attention

Opening event: Thursday 5 March 2009, 5 to 8pm at the Academy
Exhibition: 5 March to 4 April 2009

Exhibition at the Art and Design Academy, Liverpool John Moores University, Duckinfield Street, Off Brownlow Hill, Liverpool L3 5YD
Mondays to Fridays, 12 to 5pm (filming on Thursdays and Fridays)

In residence at FACT [Foundation for Art and Creative Technology], 88 Wood Street, Liverpool L1 4DQ
Saturdays, 12 to 5pm (filming)

Action Diana is at once an exhibition, a performance and a chance to see the artist at work.

For Action Diana, the Centre of Attention will be onsite for the duration of the show/work to produce a feature film casting the public as the characters throughout.

The exhibition hall becomes a set, a production meeting venue, a group show with other artists' works selected as the backdrop. Fine art combines with film, performance and story-telling in what the Centre of Attention calls a 'hot installation'.

The contemporary exhibition as a display of inert, finished product has run its course. For the Centre of Attention, the moment of the exhibition is a locus for intellectual and aesthetic play and experiment as well as the opportunity to generate together material to work on at a future date.

It is a productive site. The Centre of Attention's interest lies in the act of marshalling the elements that an exhibition situation provides and create without physical fabrication. In this instance, to use the audience members as the unruly material in the artist’s hands to make a film which is both a documentation, a series of portraits and an art work. By pushing participation and installation to absurdity the audience has been dematerialised.

The footage produced is a document of a number of performances in the gallery space. The work suggests a notion of the poverty of video art against the wealth of art in the movie.

The work in progress will be screened in the gallery and on the internet daily to further emphasise the battle between artist and viewer to consume one another. The artist consumes the resources of the infrastructure for its own ends, while pretending it is for your benefit and your entertainment.

Action Diana train scene




1) The Centre of Attention is a gallerycuratorartistschaft started in London in 1999. Related works include: Pose Plastique (2008), Naturkabinettet (2008), Production Meeting (2007/08), Winnebago (2007/08), The oubliettes of Wolstenholme (2007), On Demand (2005), Swansong (2004)

2) Action Diana is the inaugural art exhibition at the newly opened Art & Design Academy at Liverpool John Moores University designed by Rick Mather Architects.

3) The resulting film will premiere at Abandon Normal Devices (AND), Festival of New Cinema and Digital Culture. AND will launch in September 2009 at FACT in Liverpool. For additional information and film schedules, please visit

Curators: John Byrne and Kate Taylor

An exhibition supported by LJMU/Liverpool School of Art and Design and FACT[Foundation for Art and Creative Technology]

Contact: Pierre/Gary the Centre of Attention, 67 Clapton Common, London E5 9AA, UK
Tel: 020 8880 5507 or 07792 582 386