"Previously, performance art lasted for 5 minutes or 5 hours, but now it continues for the length of the exhibition run: 11 days" John Kaldor
This third iteration of Hans Ulrich Obrist and Klaus Beisenbach’s group exhibition of “living sculpture” opened in Sydney in 2013, and was its most ambitious edition to date. Building on 11 Rooms, which Pollyanna developed as part of Manchester International Festival, here it featured thirteen artists and 140 performers. 13 Rooms was presented by Kaldor Public Art Projects. Alongside the artists originally included in 11 Rooms, this exhibition presented new and re-imagined works by artists such as Marina Abramović, John Baldessari and Joan Jonas, as well as Damien Hirst, Tino Sehgal, artist duo Allora and Calzadilla, Simon Fujiwara and Laura Lima. It was both a popular and critical success, with queues stretching around the building as visitors attempted to see the exhibition during its 11-day run.
As with 11 Rooms, Pollyanna maintained the original curatorial vision of Hans Ulrich Obrist and Klaus Beisenbach, while representing the individual intentions of each participating artist. She did this while working with – recruiting, training and motivating – a cast of performers that ranged from professional actors to war veterans, body builders and art students. The added challenge of 13 Rooms was that it was delivered by an organisation without a venue. It was a process that required both creativity and pragmatism, with tasks ranging from liaising with architects on the development of a temporary building to working alongside collaborators such as Rafael Bonachela, Artistic Director of the Sydney Dance Company. 13 Rooms has since become 14 Rooms at Art Basel, while Pollyanna’s relationship with Hans Ulrich Obrist continues; she produced Ed Atkins’ Performance Capture and Richter / Pärt in 2015.