in Curating, Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)
Speculative Curating with Christian Falsnaes
Speculative curating with Christian Falsnaes
Performative Interventions Workshop
Sa Oct. 29th 10 am – 2pm
Migros Museum fuer Gegenwartskunst
Speculative curating: The Postgraduate Programme in Curating, www.curating.org has invited artists for a series of interventions in the spaces of Migros Museum fuer Gegenwartskunst, its collection and its depots. The artists intervention promise to provide us new ways of access, new ways of seeing and interacting, new ways of institutional critique. The Students of the Postgraduate Programme in Curating and an interested public engage with the artist and within the workshop to re-view or re-envision the Museum and its „products“, questioning spaces, behaviour patterns, formats and to review the politics of display and collecting.
Speculative Curating in cooperation with Migros Museum fuer Gegenwartskunst 20th Anniversary
Christian Falsnaes’ performative works are based on the interaction between the audience and the artist. Firmly rooted in the art history of performance, Falsnaes strives to develop an art that is focusing primarily on the context in which the work is created: the rituals, dynamics and modes of behaviour that come into play in highly codified social fields such as the art world. His works revolve around the issues of identity, authority and submission. As fundamental components, Falsnaes engages the generally unprepared exhibition visitors in participatory designed performances that he documents on video and subsequently shows as a compilation of selected sequences. Unforeseeable and uncontrollable elements constitute the hallmark of Falsnaes’ performances. He works neither with professional actors nor with an exact script, but rather leaves it up to the audience to decide how to carry out his instructions. His works has recently been exhibited at Manifesta 11, Zurich; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; Centre Pompidou, Paris a.o.