Opening: Friday, June 10, 2016, 8:00 p.m.
Concurrent with the Dance Congress (June 16–19, 2016), which is taking place in Hanover for the first time, with its international exhibition project Körper und Bühnen (Bodies and Stages) the Kunstverein is directing an associative gaze towards the interface between performance, dance, and visual art. The projects and objects being presented deliberately and naturally disregard the to some extent prevalent boundaries between the arts—besides the installative elements that will be on permanent display in the exhibition spaces, several performances will also take place. All of the artistic works are based on the theme of presentation—both in the form of displays that understand the viewer as performer, as well as in the form of films in which the body’s pose is scrutinized in equal measure in various facets of the everyday and the staged. How do we present ourselves to our vis-à-vis? What does presentation mean in an exhibition context or for the stage?
Against the backdrop of a simple setting in the exhibition space, in her performance “Score” (2015), Alexandra Bachzetsis (* 1975 in Zürich, lives in Athens and elsewhere) examines the changes in her own body and the codes with which behavior and body are presented. In her artistic work she deals with the vocabulary of means of expression and communication methods that she has acquired through her examination practice. Adam Linder (* 1983, lives in Los Angeles) walks the line between dance and visual art, and for his performative works he uses what in an art context is known as the white cube. With “Some Cleanings” from the series “Choreographic Services” (2013–), ten interventions take place that translate the processes of room cleaning into the exhibition space through dance. Linder in turn features in films by Shahryar Nashat (* 1975 in Geneva, lives in Los Angeles), whose works deal with the presentation of the body as well as the desire for objects and bodies. Nashat will be presenting an installation consisting of bench-like sculptures and films in which the viewer is at once exhibit and recipient. The Berlin-based Vaginal Davis will be represented as a new discovery or rediscovery as well as a bridge to another generation of artists. In the 1980s, “Miss Davis” was part of a punk band, made films, acted in films, and above all played herself as a “queer icon.” At the Kunstverein she will talk about life in a lecture performance—stories about her life will be paired with reflections on role mechanisms and methods of dealing with self-presentation in everyday life as well as on the stage.