“Tino Sehgal”

The art of the encounter

In October 2016 in Paris, three artists offered up to their publics an experience: the experience of the encounter. Was this a coincidence? Kader Attia launched La Colonie on Rue Lafayette in Paris, Michelangelo Pistoletto spoke at the VNH Gallery while the Palais de Tokyo gave carte blanche to Tino Sehgal. Did you just say “relational art”? A few days before being awarded the Prix Marcel Duchamp, Kader Attia opened a new space in Paris. La Colonie is a bar, a restaurant, but also a place for exchanges and encounters. Over a drink, everyone is invited to sit in on discussions, performances or presentations of political, artistic or philosophical publications, such as Multitudes. This is where, from 16 to 19 November, Theory Now. Réengager la pensée is being presented: a series of performances, talks and workshops in the presence of theoreticians, researchers, sociologists and artists. The French artist of Algerian origin, now residing in Berlin, has always been interested in the relationships between Northern and Southern countries, dealing with the theme more or less head on depending on the period. His works broach the issues of domination, memory, inward-looking communities or violence. His art confronts the viewer with political realities. The creation of La Colonie, in conjunction with Zico Selloum, is another means for the artist to act concretely in the public space and to create a community centred on the values of civic commitment, exchange and above all, encounters with thoughts or persons. Michelangelo Pistoletto was invited to La Colonie a few days before launching his exhibition at the VNH Gallery. The internationally renowned Italian artist has been active in the field of art for over fifty years. His work, made up of sculptures, installations and performances, pores over society, the role of the individual and collaborative action....

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Tino Sehgal, artist of the ephemeral

Powerful body language, flirtation with immateriality… Tino Sehgal has exercised a complex creative practice for twenty years or so. His “constructed situations”, at the Palais de Tokyo until 18 December, raise one crucial question: what if the artist reinvented the meeting between the work and the spectator? Iconoclastic in how he shows and circulates his work, Tino Sehgal places a focus on artistic language that overturns the archetype of contemporary production. Existing purely over the time of a choreography, a sketch, sometimes a movement, the work of this forty-something from London who lives in Berlin reveals a resolutely dematerialised perception of art. Art which he challenges by elusiveness, raised in the paroxysm of performance; but also art which he sets apart from a standardised art market. For Tino Sehgal transmits his works with “no written set of instructions, no bill of sale (purchases are conducted orally, in the presence of a notary), no catalogue, […] no pictures” (source: New York Times, 25/11/2007). This omnipresent immateriality is matched by an obviously ephemeral dimension, which has managed to seduce the greatest institutions. In 2005, he was the youngest artist to represent Germany at the Venice Biennale. Two years later, he carried out his first in situ museum performance across the Atlantic, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago with Kiss: the artist used two dancers to cite the poses in famous artworks, from Klimt to Jeff Koons, via Brancusi. Ever since, he has multiplied solo shows all over Europe — in London, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Porto… — and his artistic concept has not ceased to surprise spectators. Activating the memory Grasping the works of Tino Sehgal is firstly a matter of activating one’s memory in order to catch hold of them. Founded on a space-time prism corresponding to the time of...

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The Hans Molfenter Prize 2016 goes to Tino Sehgal

This week, the Stuttgart Foundation has announced that the jury of the Hans Molfenter Prize has chosen Tino Sehgal as the 2016 winner, reports Monopol. This $18,000 prize recognises the work of artists connected with the southwest region of Germany. Tino Sehgal will also be producing a new project in Stuttgart at a date yet to be specified. The artist who calls his performances “constructed situations” was born in London in 1976, and resides in Berlin, after spending his childhood in...

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A Year at the Stedelijk: Tino Sehgal

From 1 January 2015 until 31 December 2015, German-British artist Tino Sehgal has been on show in a major survey at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. The exhibition, is made up of sixteen “chapters” which unfold over a twelve month period. The exhibition, curated by Beatrix Ruf and Martijn van Nieuwenhuyzen, features a special presentation each month of a work or “situation” which is enacted in a gallery space with varied “scenography”. The exhibition kicked off in January with Instead of allowing some thing to rise up to your face dancing bruce and dan and other things (2000) from the Stedelijk collection. The artist, who is well-known for the works that he considers to be “constructed situations”, utilizes a variety of media, including language, the voice, movement, and interactions with the viewers which are staged at galleries. For the month of September, the ninth installation in the oeuvre, features the work This situation (2007) at gallery 1.2. Tino Sehgal was born in 1976, and was a graduate in political economics and dance before entering the art world. He came into the spotlight when his work was presented at the Venice Biennale and Documenta in Kassel. Sehgal believes that artwork is an encounter between the artworks and the viewers, which offers a completely unique experience in performance...

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Tino Sehgal and Rafaël Rozendaal celebrate Valentine’s Day

A number of artists have recently been making artworks in celebration of Valentine’s Day. Rafaël Rozendaal created a site-specific video-installation entitled Much Better Than This in New York’s Times Square. Every day at midnight, during the month of February, the screens in Times Square feature a three-minute digital animation that features a couple kissing. The installation was originally created as an online video in 2006, but has now been included in the Times Square-based public art series Midnight Moment. “We’re bombarded with negativity throughout the day, it’s good to give love some attention on the biggest screens in the world,” Rozendaal told the Creators Project. In a similar vein is the artist Tino Sehgal’s performance This is Kiss that was displayed last week in the city centre of Leeds, the United Kingdom. The work was inspired by Auguste Rodin’s 1889 sculpture The Kiss, and features a group of dancing couples from the Northern School of Contemporary...

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