Project 29
Tino
Sehgal

Project Summary

For the 29th Kaldor Public Art Project, internationally acclaimed artist Tino Sehgal presented This Is So Contemporary, from 6 – 23 February, 2014. Spontaneous and contagiously uplifting, this work enlivened the entrance court to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, directly engaging the Gallery’s visitors.

Sehgal has pioneered a radical and captivating way of making art. He orchestrates interpersonal encounters through dance, voice and movement, which have become renowned for their intimacy. This Is So Contemporary is no exception, challenging visitors as they entered the Gallery’s classical vestibule. His works remain somewhat of a mystery to those who have not directly experienced them, as they are not permitted to be photographed or filmed. Sehgal leaves no material traces, creating something that is at once valuable and entirely immaterial in a world already full of objects.

First presented at the 2005 Venice Biennale, Kaldor Public Art Project 29 marked the Australian debut of This Is So Contemporary. His recent exhibitions include This Progress at the Guggenheim New York in 2010, These Associations at the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall in 2012, This Variation at Documenta 13. At the 2013 Biennale in Venice, Sehgal was awarded the Golden Lion, one of the world’s most prestigious art awards, and is shortlisted for Tate Modern’s 2013 Turner Prize.

 


Tino Sehgal


This is so contemporary

6 February – 23 February 2014
Art Gallery of New South Wales

 

 


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Tino SehgalBack to top

Tino Sehgal’s radical and captivating way of making art leaves no material traces. The artist refuses all documentation, the works remaining a mystery to those who have not directly experienced them. Born in London in 1976, the Berlin-based artist, who originally studied political economics and dance, constructs ‘situations’ by orchestrating interpersonal encounters through dance, voice and movement. His works elicit a different kind of viewer, one who cannot be a passive spectator, they bear a responsibly to construct and contribute to the realisation of the actual piece.

 

Education KitBack to top

As Tino Sehgal’s work is intended to leave no material traces, this Education Kit is designed as a simple selection of references, with links to texts and videos exploring the concepts, process and reception of the artist’s practice.

LEARNING STAGES: Senior secondary (Stages 5-6) | Tertiary

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