Gordon made his name in video art, experimenting with the medium’s social and artistic boundaries in the 1990s. His crown achievements include a Turner Prize, the Premio 2000 award at the 1997 Venice Biennale, and a haunting piece about footballer Zinedine Zidane, made with French artist and chameleon
. But in the last few years he has tried his hand at performance. The MACE show is a return to his earlier medium. As Rehberger says, “it started out from a concept of telling each other what kind of work we should do. I told Douglas, ‘sometimes it would be great if you did this or that,’ and the other way around.”
Rehberger, who befriended Gordon in ’96 (the year he won that Turner), says “the good parts of Ibiza are without a bit of an edgier moment”—meaning, in their shared view, serious art. The Frankfurter, who has a studio near Gordon’s in Berlin’s Kreuzberg, and who brought a taste of his German city to New York when he recreated the Oppenheim Bar interiors in Hotel Americano’s basement two summers ago, is no stranger to Ibiza. The foam-party haven, surrounded by sandstone cliffs and sapphire water, is more than just a cheesy party hell, he insists. Gordon agrees, noting that “General Franco wanted to kick all the libertines and free-thinkers out of Spain and they all went to Ibiza. It’s become a little touristy and slack, and I suppose what we want to do is at least make people remember what this place was about and even that there’s a future.” So visitors to Ibiza this summer will be treated to a show filled with collaborative works of film, painting, and sculpture.