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As Above, So Below / Artist's Talk, Stephan Doitschinoff
Thursday 20 July 2017, 1.15 - 2.00pm / Lecture Room, IMMA
Brazilian artist Stephan Doitschinoff, currently exhibiting at IMMA as part of As Above, So Below: Portals, Visions, Spirits & Mystics, returns to IMMA to create a unique outdoor performance as part of Wilder Beings Command on 29 July. Come and hear the artist speak about how motifs in religion and the military are used throughout his various configurations of the temple, altar, procession and anthropomorphic characters. Promoting reflection and critique through many different mediums from painting, installation and public art to video, music and performance - Doitschinoff discusses how he employs divinities, uniforms, medals, and street parades to activate collaborative and participatory works with volunteering performers.
This talk begins with a short artist’s presentation in IMMA’s Lecture Room, followed by a conversation with the artists on his new work, Interventu (2017), currently presented in IMMA’s courtyard, inspired by the Brazilian ritual and tradition that offers gifts to the saints.
Further Information Programmed as part of the IMMA: As Above, So Below - Talk Series (13 April – 27 August 2017), exploring the role of spirituality and transcendence in our contemporary lives.This July Stephan Doitschinoff, present the CVLTO DO FVTVRV procession, a parade conceived in partnership with philosophical society CVLTO DO FVTVRV. The parade will be part of the exciting outdoor evening of performances at IMMA on the evening of Wilder Beings Command!
Calling Volunteers Stephan Doitschinoff is now calling for Fvtvre Volunteers to take part in this processional event which is inspired by his extensive research and personal experience appropriating symbols of conservative institutions, such as the armed forces and organised religion, Doitschinoff infiltrates structures of power by using their already established vocabulary to convey progressive ideas concerning modern society and challenging strict social systems that do not encourage individual self-development. In this ongoing project the artist investigates the creation and development of a ‘church-sect’, as well as all the unfolding of this structure, both real and virtual.
About Artist Awarded “Most Promising Artist” by the APCA (Sao Paulo Art Critics Association), Stephan Doitschinoff has presented his main actions and exhibitions in institutional spaces like San Diego Contemporary Art Museum / USA, the Fondation Cartier / France, MASP (Museum of Sao Paulo), MAM (Museum of Modern Art Sao Paulo), the Afro Museum and the Curitiba Biennale. He is currently represented by Jonathan Levine Gallery in New York and LJ Gallery in Paris, and is part of The Isabel and Agustin Coppel collection, in Mexico. Doitschinoff has published two books with German Publishers Gestalten; CALMA: the art of Stephan Doitschinoff (2008) and CRAS (2012), and the documentary TEMPORAL.
Summer Nights 2017 / Wilder Beings Command! Saturday 29 July 2017 / Free / IMMA Grounds Wilder Beings Command! is a night of outdoor performance at IMMA on Saturday 29 July 2017, 7pm -10pm. This unique night expands from the major IMMA group exhibition As Above, So Below: Portals, Visons, Spirits and Mystics - an exhibition which explores how the spiritual endures in our everyday lives.