While it gears up to unveil the full extent of its 2021 celebration The Stomach and the Port, Liverpool Biennial has launched a new series of outdoor artworks across the city, alongside details of their digital commissions and ways to get involved from home.

From The Outside In sees a series of new sculptures and installations take over Liverpool city centre which can be enjoyed in a safe and socially distanced way. Key works to see include Rashid Johnson’s Stacked Heads located at Canning Dock Quayside; Teresa Solar’s Osteoclast (I do not know how I came to be on board this ship, this navel of my ark) at Exchange Flags and Linder’s Bower of Bliss at Liverpool ONE – while a full list of participating artists and their work can be found on the Liverpool Biennial website.

Meanwhile, audiences at home can explore a trio of sonic and digital commissions via the new Biennial online portal. This new online work includes a series of five podcasts inspecting disease and pandemics by Ines Doujak and John Barker, a digital experiment from artists UBERMORGEN, digital humanist Leonardo Impett and curator Joasia Krysa looking at where curation and artificial intelligence intersect, and a series of pre-recorded workshops from KeKeÇa Body Percussion Ensemble inviting school children to get musical. As if that wasn’t good enough, the Biennial team have also revealed a series of limited edition prints from artists Jadé Fadojutimi and Teresa Solar, with all proceeds going towards supporting this year’s event.

The opening date for The Stomach and the Port – which will showcase the work of fifty artists and collectives from thirty different countries, each exploring the concept of the body – has been pushed from 20 March to 27 June 2021 to allow audiences to visit post-lockdown. Throughout April, audiences can explore three new works including sound and sketch creation Superstition from Erick Beltrán, a deep-dive into clairvoyance with Luisa Ungar’s weekly interactive phone calls, and Daniel Steegmann Mangrané’s La Pensée Férale’s – a plant-themed installation located at Crown Street Park. The full Liverpool Biennial 2021 line-up will be revealed in Spring.

Fri 19 Mar, Liverpool Biennial 2021,
Various venues around Liverpool

Simon Bland
Published on:
Fri 19 Mar 2021