Tino SehgalThis is so contemporary
6 Feb – 23 Feb 2014
Location: Entrance court
Internationally acclaimed artist Tino Sehgal has risen to prominence for his innovative works that consist purely of live encounters between people in museums. His ‘constructed situations’ represent the cutting edge of contemporary art practice. They take a fresh approach to gallery spaces and, in turn, demand a new way of looking at and engaging with art.
Sehgal’s pieces have been shown at the Guggenheim, New York; Tate Modern, London; and Documenta, Kassel; and, in 2013, at the 13 Rooms project in Sydney, presented by Kaldor Public Art Projects.
His works can be thought of as living sculptures in which interpreters sing, dance and start conversations according to specific instructions. The works cannot be photographed – they must be experienced to be understood.
An earlier work, Kiss, consisted of two people entwined in a long, slow-motion embrace. They gradually moved through various poses, many based on artists from Rodin and Brancusi to Jeff Koons. The work continuously evolved for the duration of its display.
This is so contemporary – which was first presented at the 2005 Venice Biennale – has similar parameters.
The 29th Kaldor Public Art Project, it is presented in association with the Art Gallery of NSW.