Participatory instruction-based performance for the duration of the exhibition with one live performer continuously reading from a list of instances of the creation of national boundaries; four chairs and four bi-lingual English-Mandarin texts for the participation of visitors; wall text inviting visitors to read a page from the list; a single recording of an intoning of the list by a female voice electronically stretched to last the duration of the exhibition, playing through four speakers in the space. Sound engineering: Steve Adam.
Exh.: Rehearsal, 8th Shanghai Biennale, curated by Gao Shiming, 24 October - 28 February 2011, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China, also including: Bottoebruno, Cai Mingliang, Carlos Garaicoa Manso, Chourouk Hriech, Delphine Balley, Anton Vidokle+Liam Gillick, Guan Wei, Inga Svala Thorsdottir, Issac Julien, Josef Trattner, JR, Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Liane Lefaivre+ Li Kaisheng, Marlene Mocquet, Michael Lee Hong-Hwee, Nikhil Chopra, Ouka Leele, Raqs Media Collective, SO-SO-LIMITED, Superflex+ The Propeller Group, VERDENSTEATRET, Vincent Olinet, Yeon Doo Jung, Yuki Onodera, Yves Bernard, WHW, Zhou Yi,Chen Jiere, Liu Qingyuan, Liu Wei, Liu Xiaodong, Lv Shanchuan, Made In, Ma Liang, Mu Baiyang, Qiu Zhijie, Shen Ligong, Tang Hui, Wang Jianwei, Wang Mai, Wang Xiaoshuai, Wu Shanzhuan, Xia Yang, Yang Fudong, Zhang Huan, Zhang Hui.
This ongoing collaborative project between Andrew Byrne and Tom Nicholson began with the work 23.01.1901/12.07.2005, performed in Melbourne, and also includes the work Lines towards another century, peformed in Bath in 2008, and in Venice in 2009.
Writing on the project includes text by Media Art Bath director Bridget Crone and by Chris Fite-Wassilak in Frieze, and in Art and Australia.