Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Katya Sander: If You Read This, I’ll Give It To You
The Research Institute for Cosmopolitan Cultures and The Salford Restoration Office present If You Read This, I’ll Give It To You, a public realm project by Danish artist Katya Sander.
Sander has produced five thousand pin badges bearing the phrase ‘If you read this, I’ll give it to you (but then you must wear it)’, which will become increasingly visible throughout the city during March. Each badge represents a social contract between those who wear it, and those who act upon its statement in order to acquire it. The badges will be introduced to the city by a number of participants working within higher and further educational institutions and art spaces over the coming weeks, with each badge making its own individual journey through Manchester, generating its own unique chain of relationships along the way. As well as acquiring a badge through a chance encounter, it is possible to obtain one from a number of public galleries across the city.
This project is part of Whose Cosmopolitanism? - a series of public events to launch the Research Institute for Cosmopolitan Cultures (RICC), University of Manchester.
This project has been supported by Arts Council England (Grants for the Arts) and The Danish Arts Council. Thanks also to The Manchester Beacon