Narrative projects is pleased to announce a major new commission by Taus Makhacheva for Liverpool Biennial 2018. For this commission the artist will create a spa incorporating ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) techniques and video.

Taus Makhacheva and Alexander Kutovoi, Research image for ASMR Spa, March 2018

A new ASMR video will be incorporated into a ruin-like sculptural installation that will serve as Spa interior. Parts of the installation ‒ which will be created together with artist Alexander Kutovoi ‒ will serve as furniture. Visitors will be able to book a facial treatment which will be conducted by a performer/actor and take 30 minutes. During the treatment, stories about artworks that have disappeared throughout history of art will be told. The beauty products will be developed with Tigran Geletsyan from 22|11 Cosmetics specifically for this project. The sculptural chairs for the audience will include screens on which a video of a treatment will be played, so that visitors can watch it when no treatment takes place. The spa will provide a heightened experience, combining three registers of stimulation: the intellectual, the physical and the emotional through an overarching holistic approach.

The Liverpool Biennial runs from the 18th of July to the 24th of October.