Gerry Bibby’s recent and on-going commission with If I Can't Dance has prompted him to focus more on his relationship to writing – something that has always been at the root of his practice. Marking a decisive hiatus from his work with sculpture and performance, Bibby will come to Bregenz for a number of months to work on a large manuscript currently in production. During this time, Bibby will use the KUB Arena as a kind of reading and writing room where he will host a number of events with international guests from different fields of cultural production.
The goals of the Kunsthaus Bregenz KUB Arena programme have always been grounded in the exploration of new exhibition formats for unique encounters with contemporary art. Curated by Scott Cameron Weaver, the 2014 programme kicks off by inviting two artists, Gerry Bibby and Juliette Blightman, to each develop a project that utilizes the institution and its resources to the benefit of their own artistic practice at their own discretion. By creating a kind of ‘residency’ for each artist, the KUB Arena will be activated as a site of production, reflection, and dialogue.
The project is undertaken as part of a commission of new work by Gerry Bibby initiated by If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution in partnership with Kunsthaus Bregenz, CCA Glasgow, and The Showroom, with the support of the Mondriaan Fund, Arts Council England, Outset and Bloomberg. With thanks to Biennale de Lyon and Frieze Art Fair. The project has also been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.