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Offer & Exchange: Sites of Negotiation in Contemporary Art

Commission No. 4
Fiction on Auction by Goldin+Senneby

Christie's, South Kensington, London
Guided tours from 2pm Saturday 20 March and 6pm Monday 22 March 2010
Sale 2pm 25 March 2010

Admission to tours free, advanced booking necessary
Book tickets

Looking for Headless is a novel in the making, an intricately woven detective web in search of an offshore company called Headless Ltd. On the evening of 25 March 2010 at the 'Post-War and Contemporary Art Sale', Christie's (London), will offer for sale the opportunity to appear in the novel, as part of a project by artists Goldin+Senneby.

In Fiction on Auction, the name of the successful bidder will form the name or identity of a character in the novel thereby entering into the work and becoming part of the fictional process. Inserting a question mark into the relationship between patronage and the work of art, the novel becomes akin to appearing in a portrait that is yet to be made, thereby becoming a form of contemporary commissioning. Goldin+Senneby will create a guided tour exploring the context for their work; including the history of selling conceptual art, the site of the auction house and the history of character and product placement in works of fiction.

The novel Looking for Headless has played a central role in Goldin+Senneby's practice over the past three years. In the novel, the artist characters, Simon Goldin and Jakob Senneby, are investigating an existing offshore company on the Bahamas called Headless Ltd., while getting embroiled in a murder mystery plot spanning art world events, a secret society from the 1930s and the world of offshore finance.


About the Artists

Goldin+Senneby, founded in 2004, is a framework for collaboration set up by artists Simon Goldin and Jakob Senneby; exploring juridical, financial and spatial constructs through notions of the performative and the virtual. Solo exhibitions include: 'Headless. From the public record', Index, Stockholm (2009); 'Goldin+Senneby: Headless', The Power Plant, Toronto (2008-2009). Recent group exhibitions include: 'Feedforward', LABoral, Gijon (2009); 'In living contact', 28:th Bienal de Sao Paulo (2008); 'Reality Effects', Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo (2008); 'Data Recovery', GAMeC, Bergamo (2008). More information about Goldin+Senneby.

Fiction on Auction Tour
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