The Print Room & Riflemaker present:


55th Venice Biennale
Palazzo Bembo
Rialto Bridge, Canal Grande
1 June - 24 November 2013



AT THE PRINT ROOM - 12 - 16 March 2013

The Print Room in association with riflemaker present

the debut of performance artist ALICE ANDERSON'S TRAVELLING FACTORY

Prior to exhibition at the Venice Biennale 2013. 

For The Print Room, Anderson has chosen objects, which are part of her consciousness and memory. Ten performers from the Artist's FACTORY will be winding copper thread around objects in front of the audience, showing their specific process of making sculptures live.

The sculptures resulting from these performances will be presented at the Venice Biennale in June 2013. 


During the past two years Alice Anderson's performances have concentrated on 'mummifying' objects (and buildings) with copper thread and red fibre. These have included small personal items, and also large-scale locations like the Cinémathèque Française building in Paris or the Freud Museum in London.

In spring 2012, Anderson began to mummify all of the objects and furniture from her London studio with copper thread while inviting various performers to join her in these actions at the studio, turning the studio space into a FACTORY.

Subsequently Anderson founded her TRAVELLING FACTORY where the group of performers entwine objects and buildings onsite.


FACTORY's first chapter was launched at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in September, it continued at Riflemaker during 'Frieze Week' in October 2012 and will continue at The Print Room.

These actions of winding copper thread around objects reveal movements similar to the shamans' dances, involving the essence of gestures which explore human existence and experience in relation to objects.

The entire work is inspired by Anderson's childhood. She recalls inventing games with bobbins as well as undoing threads from seams. Winding objects is an act of satisfaction, protection, preservation, reparation and resistance.



12 - 16 March 2013

Private View: 12 March 2013

Opening Times of exhibition: 6pm - 9pm

Early View: 6pm - 7.30pm  // Late View: 7.30pm - 9pm


Alice Anderson's Travelling Factory is presented in association with RIFLEMAKER

Riflemaker is a contemporary art space in London co-founded by Virginia Damtsa and Tot Taylor. Riflemaker exhibits and represents emerging artists. It has been widely praised for its innovative programme.

Housed on five floors of an historic gunmaker's workshop off Regent Street, W1F 9SU (built 1712 - the oldest public building in the west end) the gallery has worked closely with English Heritage to preserve this unique architectural space.

Recent exhibitions have included Judy Chicago, Penelope Slinger, Martin Kippenberger, Alice Anderson, Jaime Gili, Gavin Turk, Leah Gordon, John Maeda, Yoko Ono and Josephine King.

Upcoming is portraitist Stuart Pearson Wright in a film exhibition (at ART13)
featuring the actress Keira Knightley in her debut art-film performance,
and the London debut of Indonesian Arts for India  award winner artist Adam de Boer.

'Riflemaker has changed the cultural landscape of the capital'   (Time Out)
'Innovative exhibitions'   (The Times)
'A consistently innovative gallery'   (The Sunday Times)
'The coolest art space in London'   (Vogue)

"My favourite gallery of all - perhaps my favourite place in the capital - is Riflemaker. It shows  work by up and coming artists and its exhibitions are wonderful" Nick Rhodes' London, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH MAGAZINE: Olympics Special Supplement, August 2012