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Otobong Nkanga work has been chosen by the curators Hans Ulrich Obrist and Klaus Biesenbach to participate in the Live Art exhibition 14 Rooms, which ran concurrently to this year’s Art Basel art fair in Basel (Switzerland). For this show, Otobong Nkanga conceived the work Diaspore, a performance that consists of one to three women always carrying the plant Cestrum Nocturnum, also known as Queen of the Night. In constant dialogue with the plant, these women navigate through a topographical map on the floor. In this video, Otobong Nkanga speaks with Mirjam Baitsch (Fondation Beyeler) about the idea behind her work.
14 Rooms was presented by Fondation Beyeler, Art Basel, and Theater Basel. The curators Klaus Biesenbach and Hans Ulrich Obrist invited fourteen international artists to each activate a room, exploring the relationship between space, time, and physicality with an artwork whose “material” is the human being.
Otobong Nkanga: Diaspore, 2014. 14 Rooms Live Art Exhibition. Messe Basel, Basel (Switzerland), June 10, 2014.
From the press text:
Since early 2000, Otobong Nkanga has been working in a variety of media including drawing, photography, installation, and performance art. She observes social and topographical changes in her environment, the complexities that are embedded in these experiences, and how such things as resources, soil, earth, and its potential worth are subjected to regional and cultural scrutiny. … Nkanga was born in Nigeria where she also began her art studies at the Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, she continued at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris and in 2008 obtained a Master?s Degree in Performing Arts from Dasarts, Amsterdam.
The architects Alex Lehnerer and Savvas Ciriacidis talk about the concept of this year’s exhibition for the German Pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition ? La Biennale di Venezia in Venice, Italy. With Bungalow Germania, they realized a architectural montage of the buildings, the Kanzlerbungalow (Chancellor Bungalow) in Bonn (Germany), and the German Pavilion in the Biennale’s Giardini. This video complements the video walk-through of the exhibition. The video above is an excerpt, the complete video is available below.
Bungalow Germania. Pavilion of Germany at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia. Interview with Alex Lehnerer and Savvas Ciriacidis, June 6, 2014. Giardini della Biennale, Venice (Italy).
The exhibition External Memory ? Internal History at Stadtgalerie Mannheim in Germany presents two young protagonists of conceptual intermedia art. Prague based ?t?pánka Sigmundová and Jan Vl?ek from Pilze?. Sigmundová shows her installation External Memory, an ever growing series of photographs, 9,933 of which are on display at the Stadtgalerie Mannheim. The artist obsessively documents everything she deems to be important for her work and thus creates an objectivized form of memory. Vl?ek shows paintings and objects from his series of battles, war symbols, bunkers and partisans. The artist is interested in the transformation of historiography and criticizes the way history is looked at as linear and disregarded in its complexity. The show runs until July 13, 2014.
?tepánka Sigmundová (1990) is an obsessive collector of objects and stories which form her remembering, external memory and subjective experience. In a series of works the artist accentuates different interpretations and views of personal narratives. In parallel she maps and emphasizes processes in her own environment in relation to the public sphere. Her latest exhibitions include: Jelení Gallery, Prague (2014); Museum of Contemporary Art Wroc?aw (2013); ?aloun On A Walk, Antik Shop Krymská, Prague (2013); Into The Minds Of Choices, 35m2, Prague (2012); Praha/Rennes, Anne Frank Memorial, Brno (2012); Behind The Spines Of The Books I have Not Read, Hv?zda Summer Pavilion, Prague (2011). ?t?pánka Sigmundová lives and works in Prague.
Jan Vl?ek (1977) was born in Plze? and graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague (2005). His latest exhibitions include: Red Gallery, London (2014); Trafa?ka Gallery, Prague (2013); Weltecho Gallery, Chemnitz (2013); Tate Modern, (as member of Ztohoven Group) at the Starr Auditorium, London (2013); Via Art Gallery, Prague (2012); National Gallery, Prague (2012); Embassy of the Czech Republic, Berlin (2012); Lalit Kala Academy Art Gallery, New Delhi, Indie (2011); Kunsthale Wien, Vienna (2007) and Jelení Gallery, Prague (2005). Jan Vl?ek participated at the International Triennale of Contemporary Art, Prague (2008) and International Biennale of Contemporary Art, Prague (2005). Jan Vl?ek lives and works in Prague and Pilsen.
?t?pánka Sigmundová and Jan Vl?ek: External Memory ? Internal History at Stadtgalerie Mannheim, Mannheim; June 6, 2014.
Jordan Wolfson’s piece (Female Figure) 2014 is an animatronic robot that dances in front of a large mirror, while at the same time seeking eye contact with the spectator. Jordan Wolfson’s work has been chosen by the curators Hans Ulrich Obrist and Klaus Biesenbach as an epilogue to the Live Art exhibition 14 Rooms, which ran concurrently to this year’s Art Basel art fair in Basel (Switzerland).
14 Rooms was presented by Fondation Beyeler, Art Basel, and Theater Basel. The curators Klaus Biesenbach and Hans Ulrich Obrist invited fourteen international artists to each activate a room, exploring the relationship between space, time, and physicality with an artwork whose “material” is the human being. Jordan Wolfson’s kinetic piece (Female Figure) 2014 is not performed by human beings, but a robot, and can be seen as a look into the future. This video shows a part of the robot’s performance.
Jordan Wolfson was born in 1980 in New York. He works in a variety of media, such as installation, sculpture, video, and performance. Jordan Wolfson lives in New York and Los Angeles.
Jordan Wolfson: (Female Figure) 2014. 14 Rooms Live Art Exhibition. Messe Basel, Basel (Switzerland), June 13, 2014.
An animatronic dancer moves lasciviously in front of a large mirror. She tries to catch the eye of the spectator while at the same time watching itself, much in the way that viewers are confronted with their own mirror images.
Jordan Wolfson belongs to a younger generation of artists whose work cannot be ascribed to any one specific medium. The artist works with installation, video, sculpture, and performance. His interests are situated within a larger discussion about the contemporary human condition and how we define ourselves within an environment that resists such definitions. An important point of departure for Wolfson?s work is technology, which the artist implements less as a means of generating cold machines with purely utilitarian applications and more as a way of creating new ?contemporary? characters. Born from a world dominated by communication, advertising, and marketing, these figures are developed in narratives that forcefully convey the artist?s view and that address how we portray ourselves.
The Venezuelan Pavilion was designed by the Italian architect Carlo Scarpa (1906-1978). Scarpa was born in Venice, where he attended the Academy of Fine Arts, where he focused on architectural studies. His work is influenced by the materials, landscape, and the history of Venetian culture, as well as Japanese culture. In addition to the Venezuelan Pavilion, he also designed the Central Pavilion in the Giardini. Other notable works of Carlo Scarpa in Venice are Gallerie dell’Accademia, Palazzo Ca’Foscari, Fondazione Querini Stampalia, and the Showroom of Olivetti in St. Mark’s Square. The Venezuelan Pavilion was built from 1954 until 1956.
Bungalow Germania is the title of this year’s German contribution to the 14th International Architecture Exhibition ? la Biennale di Venezia. Created by the architects Alex Lehnerer and Savvas Ciriacidis, the exhibition combines two buildings of national and historical importance: the Kanzlerbungalow (Chancellor Bungalow) in Bonn, and the German Pavilion itself. Each from a different eras of German history, they represent two political systems, and two architectural languages, and both were instrumentalized by their owners as a statement on nationhood or as a promise to the nation.
Alex Lehnerer and Savvas Ciriacidis investigate the two buildings and their relationship to each other by placing a replica of the Chancellor Bungalow inside the German Pavilion in Venice. By doing this, the installation connects ideas and moments in time, and opens up a spectrum of associations.
This video provides you with a walk-through of the exhibition, including a short excerpt of the tour Alex Lehnerer and Savvas Ciriacidis gave on one of the preview days. A detailed interview with the architects is available here.
Bungalow Germania. Pavilion of Germany at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia. Exhibition walk-through, June 6, 2014. Giardini della Biennale, Venice (Italy).
PS: The singing of the birdsong that you here in the background is part of an acoustic performance that choreographer William Forsythe developed for the Bungalow Germania. Entitled Birds, Bonn 1964, the singing of the birds, which lived in the park of the Chancellor’s Residence in Bonn, has been sung live by Italian bird-song-singers (Chiocolatori) at the opening of the Biennale on June 6-8, 2014. Recorded versions will be played until the end of the Biennale on November 23, 2014. Birds, Bonn 1964 by William Forsythe was produced by Julian Gabriel Richter, with sound by Niels Lanz. Chiocolatori: Daniela Cattivelli, Claudio Pin, Camillo Prosdocimo, Giorgio Rizzo, Ettore Scabin. Compositor: Daniela Cattivelli. Birds, Bonn 1964 is also a production for Performing Architecture, a series of events by the Goethe-Institut. A video focusing on the acoustic performance is coming soon.
This year, Art Basel’s Unlimited sector presents 78 large-scale artworks from five generations of artists. Curated by Gianni Jetzer, the show features work by artists such as Haegue Yang, Julio Le Parc, Sterling Ruby, John Bock, Carl Andre, Matias Faldbakken, Sam Falls, Laure Prouvost, Carsten Nicolai, Edith Dekyndt, Ann Veronica Janssens, Troika, Hanne Darboven, Pascale Marthine Tayou, and Giuseppe Penone. This video provides you with a walk-through of the exhibition.
Art Basel in Basel 2014 / Unlimited sector. Basel (Switzerland), June 17, 2014.
Unlimited: Presenting 78 ambitious and large-scale artworks from five generations of artists
Unlimited, Art Basel?s unique exhibition platform for artworks that transcend the traditional art fair stand, will this year present 78 projects from galleries participating in the show. Curated for the third consecutive year by New York- based curator Gianni Jetzer, and juried by the Selection Committee, Unlimited will showcase a strong selection of works by renowned artists including Carl Andre, Anthony Caro, Richard Long, Ana Mendieta, Bruce Nauman, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Rosemarie Trockel, Doug Wheeler, Yang Fudong and Zhang Huan. These stars are joined by newer talents such as Andrew Dadson, Sam Falls, João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva, Gavin Kenyon, Alex Prager, Laure Prouvost, Troika and Daniel Turner.
Since first being introduced at Art Basel in 2000, Unlimited has become a key element of the show, providing galleries with an opportunity to showcase large-scale sculptures, video projections, installations, wall paintings, photographic series and performance art which cannot be displayed within the limitations of an art fair stand. The sector will take over the exhibition space in Hall 1 as Statements, the sector for younger galleries, moves into Hall 2.
Highlights of Unlimited will include Carl Andre?s floor work ?Steel Peneplain? (1982) presented by Konrad Fischer Galerie (Dusseldorf), which consists of 300 steel plates and was created especially for Kassel’s Documenta 7 in 1982. Hanne Darboven?s historically significant work ?Kinder Dieser Welt / Children of the World? (1990-1996) was developed in the aftermath of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Presented by Konrad Fischer Galerie (Dusseldorf) and Sprüth Magers Berlin London (Berlin, London), the work has been exhibited only once before, in Stuttgart in 1997. Tucci Russo Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea (Turin) will present ?Matrice di linfa? (2008), part of Giuseppe Penone?s ‘Trees’ series of works, in which the center of a fir tree is removed. Annely Juda Fine Art (London), Mitchell-Innes & Nash (New York) and Galerie Daniel Templon (Paris) will show one of Anthony Caro?s very last sculptures, ?River Run? (2013).
Presented by Galerie Eva Presenhuber (Zurich), ?Untitled (Pallet 9, Pomona)? (2013) by Sam Falls explores the collapsing of photography, painting and sculpture as he exposes an orange fabric to the effects of the sun. Maccarone (New York) and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects (Los Angeles) will present Rodney McMillian?s ?From Asterisks in Dockery? (2012), a floor-to-ceiling red vinyl appropriation of a chapel. Presented by Blum & Poe (Los Angeles), Simon Lee Gallery (London, Hong Kong), and Metro Pictures (New York), Jim Shaw?s large scale acrylic on muslin work ?Capitol Viscera Appliances mural? (2011) portrays an eruption of viscera, resulting in the destruction of Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., referencing his fictional ‘Oist’ mythology. Galleria Continua (San Gimignano) will show ?Tayouwood? (2014), a site specific video installation by Pascale Marthine Tayou, depicting his own personally curated world. Kukje Gallery / Tina Kim Gallery will show Haegue Yang?s extensive blind installation ?Accommodating the Epic Dispersion ? On Non-cathartic Volume of Dispersion? (2012) while Long March Space (Beijing) will present Shanghai artist Xu Zhen?s most ambitious sculptural installation to date ?Eternity…? (2013/14).
The architecture of parliament buildings is the focus of Austria’s contribution to the 14th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice. Curated by Christian Kühn and Harald Trapp, and entitled Plenum. Places of Power, the show in the Austrian pavilion presents over 200 national parliament buildings from around the world. Modeled at a scale of 1:500 and hanging on the walls of the exhibition space, the visitor can easily compare the size and the design of the different buildings. The buildings are ultimately an expression of national identity, their style ranges from modest to monumental, from minimalist to opulent.
Plenum. Places of Power. Austrian Pavilion at Venice Architecture Biennale 2014 – La Biennale di Venezia. Giardini, Venice (Italy), June 7, 2014.
14 Rooms is the latest installment of a series of Live Art exhibitions conceived by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Klaus Biesenbach. Originally commissioned as 11 Rooms by Manchester International Festival, the International Arts Festival Ruhrtriennale 2012-2014 and Manchester Art Gallery, the project was shown as 11 Rooms at Manchester International Festival in July 2011, as 12 Rooms at the International Arts Festival Ruhrtriennale 2012-2014 and as 13 Rooms by Kaldor Public Art Projects at Pier 2/3 in Sydney?s Walsh Bay in April 2013. For each edition, the artists list partially changed.
A Mini Cooper filled with gas, fueling a small flame that comes out of a hole drilled in the car’s passenger window, is one of the best known works by Berlin-based artist Ariel Schlesinger, but it’s not the only work in which he is playing with fire, and only one of the many works that are currently on display at Kunsthaus Baselland. Ariel Schlesinger’s solo exhibition is his largest institutional solo exhibition to date. In this video, we have a look at the exhibition and watch Ariel Schlesinger and the director of Kunsthaus Baselland, Ines Goldbach, discuss his work. The exhibition runs until July 6, 2014.
Ariel Schlesinger was born in 1980 in Jerusalem. He is known for minimal and precise interventions into everyday objects. He alters them through sophisticated or sometimes radical interventions. Schlesinger currently lives and works in Berlin.
Ariel Schlesinger at Kunsthaus Baselland, Muttenz (Switzerland). Vernissage and Ariel Schlesinger in conversation with Ines Goldbach (Director, Kunsthaus Baselland), May 22, 2014.