(On this video, S.W.A.T. vs. Tino Sehgal : Sehgal’s work is not to be filmed or photographed. In fact, he leaves no material trail. This video was taken (and choreographed) by some visitors that were not following “the rules”. It’s pretty funny.)
Tino Sehgal is having a solo show at the Guggenheim, New York. I have interpreted for him before at the Wattis, and had the opportunity to meet him, when he traveled from Berlin via land and sea (he doesn’t fly). I wish I could be a part of this show in New York, or at least see it.
taken from the Guggenheim website (below):
“January 29–March 10, 2010 London-born, Berlin-based artist Tino Sehgal constructs situations with people that defy the traditional contexts of museum and gallery environments, focusing on the fleeting gestures and social subtleties that define lived experience rather than the material aspects of conventional art making. His singular practice has been informed by his studies in dance and economics, yielding ephemeral works that consist only of the interactions among their participants and are not visually documented. Organized as part of the Guggenheim’s 50th-anniversary celebrations, Sehgal’s exhibition comprises a mise-en-scène that will occupy the entire Frank Lloyd Wright–designed rotunda. One facet of the artist’s practice, quasi-sculptural choreographed movement, will transform the ground floor of the rotunda into an arena for spectatorship. On the spiraling ramp, another aspect—direct verbal interaction between museum visitors and trained participants—will predominate. Sehgal’s works expand the concept of what constitutes a contemporary art object, offering the viewer an immediate engagement with the realization of the work presented.”
Everyone I Have Ever Slept With (1963-1995). Tracey Emin
Tracey Emin’s iconic tent applique chronicles every person she has shared her bed with. The list of 102 names includes lovers, her grandmother and two aborted fetuses.
The piece was first shown in an exhibit called Minky Manky at the South London Gallery in 1995. Emin, then a lesser-known artist, was featured in the show alongside Damien Hirst, Gilbert and George and Sarah Lucas. Emin’s piece was considered the highlight of the show.
Says Emin: “At that time Sarah (Lucas) was quite famous, but I wasn’t at all. Carl (Freedman, her former lover) said to me that I should make some big work as he thought the small-scale stuff I was doing at the time wouldn’t stand up well. I was furious. Making that work was my way at getting back at him. One review was really funny, the journalist had written something like ‘She’s slept with everyone – even the curator’!”