The emerging artists range in age from their twenties through their sixties. All of the works will be created on site, and will presumably be informed by this specific locale, harking back to the first SITE Biennial. Fung’s concept resists the notion of art as commodity in that the works will cease to exist after the close of the exhibition. Furthermore, much of the show will occur prior to the opening, on the ground in Santa Fe, and prior to that, in virtual space, as ideas, proposals, and thoughts are transmitted around the world. Fung invites the audience to engage in the process, as the core of what we view as art, in this case, is the process itself.
This honestly sounds like a really meaty pretext to me. I'm betting this show will actually be one you really don't want to miss. The list of curators seems impressive based on their affiliations, (I'd be bald-faced lying if I said I was "familiar" with any of them) and according to the release, the list of artists is not finalized but will contain a wide range of contemporary talent.
Enquiring minds (mine) wants to know - when they say that the art will "cease to exist" following the show does this mean:
a) works will be comprised of decomposing material so that they will simply ROT away at Site until they're gone?
b) works will be virtual and will be erased via giant magnet?
c) CAN WE BURN THE ART ONCE THE SHOW'S OVER? (showing off my Burning Man roots, clearly) And you know which one I'd vote for...
Sounds like fun beginning in June and *ending* (with a fireball, maybe?) October, 2008