Test! 1: Angelo Madonna at the Independents Biennial 2018

Italian artist Angelo Madonna will show his kinetic sculpture Jugglers for the first time, in an installation for the Independents Biennial 2018 at the George Henry Lee building.

From 4-26th August his work will be performed on the second floor of a striking new contemporary art space for Liverpool city centre.

Jugglers consists of an elegant pair of motorised structures delicately balancing two plastic drinking cups, whose carefully synchronised movement resonates to fill the space with the distinctive sound produced by the sculpture itself.

This installation is part of an ongoing research project around the concept and practice of Emotional Minimalism, an idea that Madonna coined to describe his working method. He is interested to bring together sculpture, design, community projects and DIY electronic music in ways that are both minimal and affective.

He describes the installation as follows:
‘This piece is effectively a conversation between two non-human entities, a non-verbal dialogue taking place between automata. It is a piece that plays with the theatrical potentiality of objects to perform a drama without human characters’.

Originally from Ruffano in southern Italy, Madonna lives and works in Liverpool. He studied sculpture at the Camberwell College of Art and has worked professionally in the UK for twenty years as an artist and educator. He is a member of The Well artist studios in Liverpool and a full-time collaborator with Urban Workbench, a Nomadic Learning Hub.

Madonna is presenting this work for the Independents Biennial 2018 as part of the new artists’ collective Material Matters founded earlier this year. It consists of a curated series of exhibitions divided into ‘Acts’ in which a small group artists work to explore how the most unpredictable and challenging art can emerge out of a direct and physical engagement with materials.

Jugglers will be the first in a new series of projects called TEST! a free laboratory where artists and performers can try out new work in front of a supportive live audience, take risks and push the boundaries of their practice and performance.


4th-26th Aug 2018
2nd Floor, George Henry Lee building, Houghton Street entrance, Liverpool L1 1 ED UK Open daily 11-6am, closed Tuesday
Free admission



An interview with the artists Angelo Madonna and Sylvia Battista reflecting on Jugglers at IB18 is here