Let’s Talk Penetration. Worst Press Release Ever?

by Paddy Johnson on November 11, 2010 · 3 comments Newswire

Does the bounty of the e-flux mailer know no bounds? Today an AFC tipster alerted us to yet another worst.press.release ever. candidate distributed by this service. Frankly, I’m not sure “Penetration at Manifest 8” qualifies. Sure, the copious talk of what artists do to “penetrate” and who’s allowed to do it is enjoyably ill-conceived, but the release is at least readable. I’m listing it below, without annotation. Readers are smart enough to suss out double entendres without me pointing them out.

Penetration at Manifesta 8for Northern African artists only

Thierry Geoffroy / Colonel, Penetration Space
until 9 January 2011

San Anton Prison


A Penetration is the act of an artist placing an artwork within another artist’s existing exhibition.


At Manifesta Biennial Thierry Geoffroy / Colonel is opening his exhibition space for last minute Penetrations.

The Colonel’s Penetration space at Manifesta is reserved only to artists from Northern Africa having pertinent work about today.

The theme of the Manifesta Biennial is: “in dialogue with Northern Africa”


To be part of the Penetration, artists from Northern Africa can just come and install their work at San Anton Prison in Cataregna on any day that they have a pertinent art work. Every time they install a Penetration work they are kindly asked to send photographs of their installation to Thierry Geoffroy / Colonel so the blog can be updated and a catalogue created: 1@colonel.dk

Thierry Geoffroy / Colonel has responded to the invitation to take part at Manifesta by the curators ofCPS: Khaled Ramadan and Alfredo Cramerotti and is co-working with BIENNALIST

Thierry Geoffroy creates a debating format.

More info on this Penetration:


Penetration format

Thierry Geoffroy / Colonel: 1@colonel.dk


Hyde November 11, 2010 at 9:21 pm

It’s like Inception…but with art. If Tom Hardy is at Penetration, I’ll totally go.

sally November 11, 2010 at 9:33 pm

You’re right Paddy, that text is not as impenetrable as some. The seminal points are driven home.

pinitdown November 13, 2010 at 5:04 pm

The project itself is quite disgusting, the gift of a space in a prison for any artist as long as they are of a North African nationality is a new low, this is the opposite of dialogue because it starts from the de facto position of inequality, i would like a north African institution to invite this artist to show his work in a toilet

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