Florian Malzacher, Mette Edvardsen, Tino Sehgal – Symposium #2 Exploring Plurealities

𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐀𝐫𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐀𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐥𝐲 𝐗𝐗𝐕
𝐀𝐒𝐒𝐄𝐌𝐁𝐋𝐈𝐄𝐒 𝐎𝐅 𝐈𝐍𝐃𝐈𝐕𝐈𝐃𝐔𝐀𝐋𝐒
𝐋𝐈𝐕𝐄 𝐖𝐎𝐑𝐊 𝐈𝐍 𝐍𝐎𝐍-𝐏𝐄𝐑𝐅𝐎𝐑𝐌𝐀𝐍𝐂𝐄 𝐒𝐏𝐀𝐂𝐄𝐒
𝐖𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐌𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞 𝐄𝐝𝐯𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐬𝐞𝐧 & 𝐓𝐢𝐧𝐨 𝐒𝐞𝐡𝐠𝐚𝐥
𝐇𝐨𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐛𝐲 𝐅𝐥𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐌𝐚𝐥𝐳𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐫
This Event is organised by 4Culture Association, as part of EXPLORING PLUREALITIES Symposium #2

Theatres regulate space and time for their audiences and demand collective engagement. Other kinds of venues – like museums or libraries – are designed to separate and isolate even large crowds and promote liberal ideas of emancipation. Everyone decides for themselves how long they want to stay and engage. The 25th edition of “The Art of Assembly” looks at artistic approaches to assemblies in cultural places not originally intended for performance. Choreographer Mette Edvardsen looks for soft spaces where her discrete performances become a porous part of the environment, where performers and audiences are in more than one space at the same time. Artist Tino Sehgal has been working with the DNA of museums and the liberal assemblies created by exhibitions, which he uses for his constructed situations – thin lines that direct attention and gazes, choreographing the paths of the audience.
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About EXPLORING PLUREALITIES:
By implementing transdisciplinary activities in the field of contemporary performing and visual arts, the EXPLORING PLUREALITIES project aims to develop the audience and support contemporary art creators in Romania, in partnership with Norwegian artist Mette Edvardsen and in cooperation with Romanian and international artists and professionals. Creating a favorable framework for the development of art, through opportunities for professional evolution – job shadowing and mentoring, the project implemented by the 4Culture Association proposes a progressive approach, based on analysis and prospecting of innovative directions, by identifying and assuming hybrid artistic formats.
4Culture projects have a European dimension, the potential to multiply the results and a large public exposure. Through the PERSPECTIVES IN MOTION activity within the EXPLORING PLUREALITIES project, we propose two symposia and a digital platform, which will enable the resources of 4Culture and its partners and will ensure a dissemination of productions made for new audiences for contemporary performing arts – dance, performance, and visual arts (installations, new media projects and digital art).
Amount of non-reimbursable financing (85% EEA Grant and 15% national budget): 963,612 lei (195,288.49 euros)
Duration: 31 months
www.exploringplurealities.com
www.4culture.ro
www.metteedvardsen.be

Project financed by the EEA Grants 2014 – 2021 within the RO-CULTURE Program.
EEA grants represent the contribution of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway to reducing economic and social disparities in Europe and strengthening bilateral relations between donor countries and 15 EU countries in Central and Southern Europe and the Baltic States.
The three donor countries are cooperating closely with the EU through the European Economic Area (EEA) Agreement. The donors have provided € 3.3 billion through the consecutive grant scheme between 1994 and 2014. For the period 2014-2021, EEA grants amount to € 1.55 billion. More information on: www.eeagrants.org and www.eeagrants.ro
RO-CULTURE is implemented by the Ministry of Culture through the Project Management Unit and has as general objective the consolidation of economic and social development through cultural cooperation, cultural entrepreneurship and cultural heritage management. The budget of the Program is approximately 34 million euros. More details are available on www.ro-cultura.ro
Project promoter: ASOCIATIA 4 CULTURE
Project partner: METTE EDVARDSEN (Norway)
Partners of the Symposium EXPLORING PLUREALITIES #1: Cărturești Verona, WASP Working Art Space and Production.
Media partners: Radio România Cultural, Modernism, Revista Zeppelin, Revista ARTA, Feeder, IQads, România Pozitivă

Tino Sehgal

Theatres regulate space and time for their audiences and demand collective engagement. Other kinds of venues – like museums or libraries – are designed to separate and isolate even large crowds and promote liberal ideas of emancipation. Everyone decides for themselves how long they want to stay and engage.
Tino Sehgal has been working with the DNA of museums and the liberal assemblies created by exhibitions, which he uses for his constructed situations – thin lines that direct attention and gazes, choreographing the paths of the audience.

Part of Episode XXV: “Assemblies of Individuals. Live Work in Non-Performance Spaces”
With Mette Edvardsen, Tino Sehgal & Florian Malzacher

15. November 2023 – WASP, Working Art Space, Bucharest / Romania
Organized by 4Culture Association, as part of EXPLORING PLUREALITIES

Biography

Tino Sehgal (London, 1976) studied economics and dance. In 2005, he represented Germany at the Venice Biennale. The Guggenheim, Tate Modern, and dOCUMENTA (13) have also presented solo shows of his work. In 2013, he was awarded the Golden Lion at the 55th Venice Biennale. The art of Tino Sehgal is immaterial; it takes shape in the moment in which the spectator encounters it. Since 2000, he has been constructing live situations in which performers enter into contact with the visitors and spectators by way of movements, conversations, or song, inviting them to influence the structure of the work.

Mette Edvardsen • Soft Spaces

or the project Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine a group of people dedicate themselves to memorizing a book of their choice. Together they form a library collection consisting of living books. The books pass their time in libraries reading, memorizing, talking to each other, going for walks outside, prepared to be read by a visitor. The readings take place as intimate one-to-one encounters where the book recites its content for the visitor. Libraries are chosen for this work not just a background or a scenery, but for functional and formal reasons. We go to libraries to read or borrow books, we pass time, we can come and go as we like. Libraries are one of few remaining public spaces that are open and free for the public to use. When performing in the library as ‘books’, we permeate and become a porous part of the environment, at the same time as we share intimate spaces with our readers. Book and reader oscillate between different spaces – the space of the library, the space of performance, and the space of reading.

Part of Episode XXV: “Assemblies of Individuals. Live Work in Non-Performance Spaces”
With Mette Edvardsen, Tino Sehgal & Florian Malzacher

15. November 2023 – WASP, Working Art Space, Bucharest / Romania
Organized by 4Culture Association, as part of EXPLORING PLUREALITIES

Biography

The work of Mette Edvardsen is situated within the performing arts field as a choreographer and performer. Although some of her works explore other media or other formats, such as video, books and writing, her interest is always in their relationship to the performing arts as a practice and a situation. She has worked since 1994 as a dancer and performer for a number of companies and projects, and develops her own work since 2002. She presents her works internationally and continues to develop projects with other artists, both as a collaborator and as a performer. A retrospective of her work was presented at Black Box theatre in Oslo in 2015, and the focus program Idiorritmias at MACBA in Barcelona in 2018. Her project Time has fallen alseep in the afternoon sunshine is ongoing since 2010, presented twice at Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels in 2013 & 2017, Sydney Biennale in 2016, Index Foundation in Stockholm in 2019, Oslobiennalen First Edition in 2019-2020, Trust & Confusion at Tai Kwun Arts in Hong Kong in 2021, Sao Paulo Biennale 2021. She presented works and a performative exhibition Suppose a Room at Amant in New York in 2022, and develops a research in long term residency at Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers in Paris 2022/ 2023. She runs a small publishing house, Varamo Press, together with Jeroen Peeters. Mette Edvardsen is currently finalizing her Phd research at Oslo National Academy of the Arts.