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POSTPONED: Liv Schulman: The New Inflation

A performance in three episodes

Episode 1                       Episode 2                 Episode 3
March 26 | 6–7 PM        May 7 | 6–7 PM        June 4 | 6–7 PM 
March 28 | 4–5 PM        May 9 | 4–5 PM        June 6 | 4–5 PM

Developed, written, cast, and filmed at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts since early December, The New Inflation is the first American presentation of work by Paris-based Argentinian artist Liv Schulman, winner of the 20th edition of Fondation d’entreprise Ricard Prize (2018). The New Inflation is an ambitious performance in three episodes that layers several narrative systems. Enlisting a cast of actors, a set of uniforms, staged sculptures, lecturing, and a funny-depressing form of stand-up comedy, Schulman explores inflation as a mythology that relies on the manufacturing of crisis as a resource, of error as opportunity, and of devaluation as a means of extraction. Inflation creates new forms of relationships, new interior designs, new wallpapers, new entanglements in language, and new fantasies as well as new markets. The myth of inflation becomes a link between one and the universe.

Part of Liv Schulman: The Gobernment (2019), a multi-episode video installation that imagines the work and destiny of unconventional and often forgotten women artists who lived in Paris between 1910 and 1980.

Curated by Sylvie Fortin, Bemis Center Curator-in-Residence, as part of her research into the currencies of hospitality.

Liv Schulman focuses on the ability of language to affect a body. Through her filmed fictions, theatrical performances, lectures, and novelistic writing, she creates characters and collectives who utter logorrheic speeches, interchangeable ghosts ventriloquized by disarticulated monologues, borrowing from the vocabulary of art, liberal economics, Marxist critical theory, or psychotherapy, trying to recreate affects in the economy under which we live. The main resources for her work are the different translations and adaptations of language through the instrumental use of a body. Free from its receiver, detached from its speaker, delivered in inhospitable situations, Schulman tries to see if language allows for a reorganization of a system.

The New Inflation is organized by the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and presented in collaboration with the Fondation d’entreprise Ricard. Additional funding is provided by Étant donnés Contemporary Art, a program of the French American Cultural Exchange (FACE) Foundation