Observations: Liverpool gets ready for an artistic adventure


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It's not all about WAGs and The Beatles.

Liverpool Biennial is the UK's largest international contemporary art festival, which runs next month for 10 weeks. US artist Doug Aitken has made a series of filmed conversations with individuals including Jack White and Tilda Swinton talking about creativity, to be screened in a temporary circular pavilion designed by architect David Adjaye.

For I'm On The Guest List Too!, Elmgreen and Dragset have created an oversized VIP metal door, which is guarded by a bouncer. Israeli artist Oded Hirsch's full-sized elevator will burst through the floor of the Liverpool ONE shopping centre. LA-based artist Fritz Haeg, with landscape design practice Field Operations, has transformed Everton Park (above) into a community garden, which will be harvested during the opening weekend.

Liverpool Biennial (www.biennial.com) 15 September to 25 November