"When it moves, strengthening its skin" with Elisa Barrera, Bitsy Knox, Nils Amadeus Lange, Mira Mann, Sveta Mordovskaya, PRICE, Margaux Schwarz, Noemi Weber
Saturday, July 30 + August 6, from 16:00 - 20:00
on July 30 from 4 p.m. Kunstverein Bielefeld (garden)
on August 6 from 4 p.m. Dortmunder Kunstverein (Goldbeck Parking Garage, Emil Moog Platz 13)
We thank Goldbeck Parking Services for their support.
How does specific spaces shape the way we relate to each other? When it moves, strengthening its skin is a program of performances and installations that takes place over two consecutive Saturdays in the surroundings of two exhibition institutions in North Rhine-Westphalia: in the garden of the Kunstverein Bielefeld and the public Bunnemannplatz as well as a multistory parking garage located in the immediate vicinity of the Dortmunder Kunstverein. Both programs are under one title. They share a careful attention to the way we inhabit spaces in the context of their respective symbolic and visual particularities and explore the conditions of communal experience. When it moves, strengthening its skin brings together diverse contributions by international artists such as Elisa Barrera, Bitsy Knox, Nils Amadeus Lange, Mira Mann, Sveta Mordovskaya, PRICE, Margaux Schwarz and Noemi Weber, who explore the links between relationships and interactions in movement and spatial appropriation.
The opening event will take place on 30 July 2022 in the garden of the Kunstverein Bielefeld.
One week later, on August 6, When it moves, strengthening its skin will take place at the Dortmunder Kunstverein. Starting at 4 pm, the neighboring parking garage and the plateau above it on Emil-Moog Platz will be reinterpreted as a meeting place for artistic interventions. The multi-storey car park is a functional space, a subterranean in-between place in the sense of a station of change, passage or transit, which is transferred from its dormant and mobility-reassuring state into a mood defined by human relationships, attraction and imagination. Thus, Noemi Weber's performances with Milena Weber and Karina Villafan, as well as Margaux Schwarz, deal with the status of bodily relations and relationships negotiated in a place oriented solely towards vehicles and utility. Noemi Weber's choreography from 4 p.m. onwards explores the closeness and distance between mother and infant, which has no representative forms in the public sphere. In Margaux Schwarz's performative sound piece at 7 pm, on the other hand, two cars are placed as if they were in a confessional. PRICE performs theatrical narratives of pop culture using cinematic scenes and song verses in the script of a past performance. But it is not only performative practices that allow the appropriation of semi-public spaces. While Elisa Barrera's sculptural and painterly works question the possibilities of fiction and blending in urban utility spaces as much as they test the potential of appropriation, Sveta Mordovskaya's installation tests the associative effect of straw. What effect is created by this simple and agrarian material in a modern urban concrete landscape, how do we approach such an installative staging?
Visitors are invited to perceive the artists' contributions, some of which were developed especially for the two venues, outside of a conventional exhibition context and to question them about their effect and meaning in an environment that is often architecturally and spatially unfamiliar to art.
When it moves, strengthening its skin takes place at the invitation of Paolo Baggi and Florentine Muhry, within the framework of Residence NRW⁺, a practice-oriented scholarship programme for artists and curators in the field of contemporary art based in Münster.
Elisa Barrera lives in Hamburg and is an artist and co-founder of the art space Come Over Chez Malik's (Hamburg, 2014). In 2021 she was awarded the Arbeitsstipendium für bildende Kunst der Freien und Hansestadt Hamburg. She recently participated in exhibitions at Lucas Hirsch (Düsseldorf, 2021), Lateral Roma (Rome, 2021) or Peach (Rotterdam, 2021).
Bitsy Knox is a Berlin-based artist, performer, poet and radio presenter. Her work has been presented among others at Klosterruine, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, MACBA. Her writing has appeared in several publications and will be published by e-flux and Sternberg Press in 2022. Her experimental music and poetry radio show Something Like airs monthly on Cashmere Radio and 96.5 CHFR Hornby Island Radio.
Nils Amadeus Lange lives in Zürich and works as an artist, performer and lecturer. After studying theater at the Bern University of the Arts, he expanded his practice to various media, with a focus on dance and performance, which he develops in numerous international projects. His work has been shown at various institutions such as Kunsthalle Basel, Kunsthalle Zürich, Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art Warsaw.
Mira Mann lebt in Düsseldorf, wo sie an der Kunstakademie bei Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster studierte. Ihre Performances, Installationen, Publikationen und Kollaborationen wurden in Gruppen und Einzelausstellungen wie u.a. im Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, bei Urbane Künste Ruhr/ Dortmunder Kunstverein, im Lantz’schen Skulpturenpark und in der Simultanhalle Köln gezeigt.
Sveta Mordovskaya lives in Zürich and studied with Heimo Zobernig at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Solo exhibitions have been held at Kunstverein Kevin Space, Vienna (2022), Weiss Falk, Basel, Cherish, Geneva (both 2020).
PRICE'swork lives in Zurich and is characterised by elaborate soundscapes, costumes and stage designs, often created in collaborative constellations. Performances include, Swiss Dance Days 2019, Kunsthalle Basel, Stadtgalerie Bern, Arsenic - Contemporary Performing Arts Center Lausanne and Le Bourg, Les Urbaines Festival Lausanne; Galpao Bela Maré Rio de Janeiro, Centre for Contemporary Art and KEM Warsaw; Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris, Beursschouwburg, Performatik Festival, Brussels, Burgtheater Kasino within ImPulsTanz Festival, Vienna, Human Resources Los Angeles, Galleria Fonti Napoli, Bourse de Commerce - Pinault Collection Paris.
Margaux Schwarz lives in Brussels and is a French artist and researcher. Her work takes many forms, such as conversational performances, sound pieces, short stories, scripts, or events. Her doctoral research (UHasselt / PXL-MAD School of Arts) is informed by fields such as digital anthropology or sociology of work. It explores power structures in language and communication, with a specific focus on performative strategies used in socio-professional interactions.
Noemi Weber lives in Düsseldorf and re-orients the historically conventional contextualisation of gestural painting and its determination by revealing and elaborating its formal entanglements with ornamentation and dance. Recent exhibitions include Kunsthalle Bremen, 2022, Mouches Volantes, Cologne 2021 with Milena Weber; Simultanhalle / PiK, Cologne 2018; Tyson Galerie, Cologne 2018.
Paolo Baggi is a freelance curator based in Switzerland. He recently co-curated the group exhibition "La réforme de Pooky" at Kunsthalle Friart in Fribourg (CH). Between 2017 and 2020, he was co-curator of the program of the independent art space WallRiss in Fribourg. Since 2020, he has been working at the Swiss Art Awards as artistic coordinator.
Florentine R. Muhry works as a freelance curator and as a research assistant at the DFG Research Training Group 2477 "Aesthetic Practice" at the University of Hildesheim, where she is completing her doctorate on the work of Rasheed Araeen. Previously, she was a research volunteer at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen and assistant curator at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe and the Halle für Kunst Lüneburg. Since 2018, she has been running the art space www.muhry.com.
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