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12 April - 24 May 2013
IMMA at NCH, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2
The showing of This Situation will mark the first occasion in which the British born German artist Tino Sehgal’s work will be seen in Ireland. Sehgal studied both Political Economics and Choreography, working in dance before focusing on his ‘constructed situations’ which are composed using the human voice, language, movement, and interaction. Revealed only as experiences in the time and space they occupy, his works exist for those who encounter them and in their memories, but not as physical objects. Seghal’s practice explores definitions of materiality, authenticity, owner, consumer, producer and value both in art making and in society in general.
Originally conceived in 2007, Sehgal‘s This Situation has subsequently toured with the support of the Goethe Institute to Serbia, Turkey, Georgia, India, Iran and UAE. Using a conversational format, the work involves six ‘interpreters’ who use rules formed by the artist to discuss philosophical issues. In previous manifestations of This Situation, the interpreters selected by Sehgal have travelled from Germany and the UK to engage in this inter-cultural discourse with local interpreters. The imported interpreters travel over land and sea (so as to adhere to the artist’s wish to expend a minimum of resources) to undergo a period of rehearsal with the newly initiated interpreters. In the absence of written rules and instructions for This Situation, interpreters are dependent on memory facilitated through rehearsal and repetition to drive the discussions. Sehgal does not wish his works to be photographed or recorded perhaps suggesting that the memories of the artist and the various parties involved in making and engaging with the work is given responsibility for documenting the experience.
Tino Sehgal was born in London in 1976 and currently lives and works in Berlin. He represented Germany at the Venice Biennale in 2005 and has been nominated for the Hugo Boss Prize 2006 and the Preis der Nationalgalerie für Junge Kunst 2007. Solo exhibitions of his work have been held around the world, including at the Guggenheim Museum, New York; Villa Reale, Milan; ICA, London; as well as showing in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall and Documenta 13 Art Festival, Kassel, Germany in 2012.
Supported by the Goethe-Institut Irland.
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