Directed by Toby Upson with Cécile Kobel, and Rut Blees Luxemburg
LIVERDAY uses QR codes and instant books to detoxify the labels that classify works of art. Group exhibitions often feel similar to department stores. Here objects of desire are lined up and labelled with just enough information: brand, size, and price. In the store you. are made to believe that taste is yours alone. In the exhibition space this didactic methodology of labelling clashes with the civic responsibility carried by cultural spaces of learning, sharing, and joy. For LIVERDAY Upson stimulates engagement between works and visitors by freeing the exhibit from the standardized label with its regular name of the artist, title of the work, date, medium, size, and provenance. Entering MGLC, visitors are encouraged to create a new label for each artwork by writing and drawing notes in open books and accessing digital repositories, mediated by QR codes. Following LIVERDAY, the material collected through these metabolic expulsions will be compiled into a digestive archive: gluttonous resources brim- ming with subjective interpretations. Related and gifted to each artwork, these collections of human expressions will provide polycultural nourishment for research, exhibition design, and future discussion. Finally, artist and reader in urban aesthetics, Rut Blees Luxemburg presents the “Lesson of the Vine”.