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31 Aug – 2 Nov 2014
Le Mouvement - The City Performed

CentrePasquArt, Biel/Bienne, Switzerland

Curators: Gianni Jetzer and Chris Sharp
Loans by Kontakt: Tomislav Gotovac, Ewa Partum, Neša Paripovic

Press Release

The exhibition The City Performed at Kunsthaus CentrePasquArt extends the concept of performance in public space in both historical-geographical and political terms.
It explicitly incorporates artists who have implemented street performances under
various circumstances—in some cases at the risk of being arrested and imprisoned. The museum-based exploration offers a more in-depth examination of the context
of performance and dance, in which the definition and interpretation of public space differs with each work shown. Considering differences and distinctions is the only way to tackle the complexity of the system of discourse, society, city and public space.
It is, however, not always a desire to have an impact in a political context that drives artists out into the street–on the contrary. The urge to abandon the protective walls
of the art institution has been omnipresent since the sixties. Parallel to Land Art, which chose the world of nature as exhibition venue, more and more artists turned to the street and used it as a platform, an alternative to art spaces, neutral terrain, not
appropriated by official art discourse. The precursors were the Situationists, wandering around in Paris, allowing themselves to be driven “aimlessly” in unfamiliar parts of the city at the whim of mood and the draw of the architecture.
The city is viewed as neutral terrain, which is not integrated into an art discourse and is free from the preferences of official art policy. Artists who renounce the context of the exhibition space signal their independence. However, the documentary records of these performances often end up back in the museum.

Artists: Vito Acconci, Francis Alÿs, Pablo Bronstein, Stanley Brouwn, Trisha Brown, Paulo Bruscky, Martin Creed, Felipe Ehrenberg, VALIE EXPORT, Dara Friedman, Gelitin, Tomislav Gotovac, Alberto Greco, Anna Halprin, Maria Hassabi, Noritoshi Hirakawa, Sanja Ivekovic, Christian Jankowski, Jirí Kovanda, Liz Magic Laser, Klara Lidén, Marko Lulic, Babette Mangolte, Rachel Mason, Dave McKenzie, Dieter Meier, Ocaña, Neša Paripovic, Ewa Partum, Alexandra Pirici, Miervaldis Polis, Kim Sooja, Mladen Stilinovic, Beat Streuli, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Ulla von Brandenburg, Ai Weiwei