Sergio Edelsztein

Curatorial Talk: On Conditions of Political Choreography

Nov 10th, 6pm, ZHdK 6.K04
Postgraduate Programme in Curating, ZHdK

The lecture will focus on issues of performativity and commemoration in a project titled Conditions of Political Choreography that was presented at the CCA in Tel Aviv and the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein in the past months. The project consisted in commissioning leading international and Israeli artists to create a new performative project that would take place in a space “compromised” by another artist. In the end, the works were presented as a “linear” group show” – one after the other – each one for a weekend. The works ranged form video through installation, theater and dance.

Participants in the project: Markus Miessen, Ohad Meromi, Christian Falsnaes, Noa Zuk& Ohad Fishof, Yohai Avrahami, Michal Helfman, Adam Linder, Antje Majewski, Susanne M. Winterling, Yael Bartana, Yonathan Levy & Noam Enbar.

The project was produced by the CCA and the nbk with the support of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes and curated by Sophie Golz, Marius babias, Chen Tamir and Sergio Edelsztein.

Sergio Edelsztein was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1956.
Studied at the Tel Aviv University (1976-85). Funded and directed Artifact Gallery in
Tel Aviv (1987-1995). In 1995 funded The Center for Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv
and has been its director and chief curator since then. In the framework of the CCA he curated seven Performance Art Biennials and five International Video Art Biennials – Video Zone. Also curated numerous experimental and video art screenings, retrospectives and performances events. Major exhibitions curated for the CCA include, among others, shows of Guy Ben Ner, Boaz Arad, Doron Solomons, Roee Rosen and Jan Tichy – and international artists like Rosa
Barba, Ceal Floyer and Marina Abramovic. Since 1995 curated exhibitions and timebased events in Spain, China, Poland, Singapore and elsewhere. Curated the Israeli participation at the 24th Sao Paulo Biennial (1998) and the 2005 Israeli Pavilion at the 51st Biennale in Venice. Lectured, presented video programs and published writings in Israel, Spain, Brazil, Italy, Austria, Germany, China, the USA, Argentina etc. Writes extensively for catalogues, web sites and publications.