Nothing can be shown without referring to previously existing contexts. However, the moment of re-staging causes difference by creating new situations and relations. How can this process of re-framing lead into an ongoing oscillation between the past and the future?
2 p.m. Introduction
2:15 p.m. Бükü – Bureau for Cultural Translations: Fame Female Walk | City Walk Meeting point HGB Gallery
6 p.m. Jörn Schafaff & Ari Benjamin Meyers: The Exhibition As Rehearsal | Performance / Workshop
“Again” is part of “Show and Try Again” – 10th anniversary of the master program Cultures of the Curatorial Curatorial Program 26–30 November 2019
Space and Graphic Design: Silke Berg, Hanako Emden, Sophie Florian, Tim Deniz Heide, Viktória Monhor, Clara Pötsch
Concept: Beatrice von Bismarck, Julia Kurz, Maureen Mooren, Benjamin Meyer-Krahmer, Agnieszka Roguski
Collaboration: Malin Gewinner, Herman Verkerk
28.11.2019 | AGAIN
Бükü: Fame Female Walk | City Walk Бükü – bureau for cultural translations offers a special walk in the city of Leipzig. The stories and discussions during the walk aim to switch the gaze from the male monuments to the female heroes. Observations, anecdotes and coincidences connected with the city's history, and the female role within it, flow together. The premiere of the walk occurred during the summer of 2019 as a welcome gesture to participants of the Gender Summer School, organized by the Leipzig University. Months later, Olga and Kristina of Бükü will evaluate the researched stories with regard to the master program, Cultures of the Curatorial.
Kristina Semenova and Olga Vostretsova, both graduates from the master program Cultures of the Curatorial founded the art association Бükü – Bureau for Cultural Translations in Leipzig in 2014. The activities of the Бükü are focused on production, presentation, and reflection of contemporary art, which is implemented by discursive events, artist residencies and curated exhibitions of contemporary art. Since 2014, Бükü conducted several international projects in Leipzig and beyond, which include Moscow, Basel and Buenos Aires, among others.
Ari Benjamin Meyers and Jörn Schafaff: The Exhibition as Rehearsal | Performance / Workshop Rehearsals usually take place before art becomes public. Closely linked to the performing arts, rehearsing is a practice of developing, showing, reflecting, and trying again elements that, at the end of the process, blend into a final work – a dance performance, for example, or a musical presentation. As long as the rehearsal lasts, however, things are still open for change. What, then, if we considered the exhibition in terms of rehearsal – a medium commonly defined by its static appeal? And what if the rehearsal process itself is put on public display? How does that potentially change the notions of performance and rehearsal? How would it affect our understanding of what exhibitions do, how they are processed, who is involved and in what way? Taking the HGB gallery as a testing ground, Ari Benjamin Meyers and Jörn Schafaff will rehearse some answers to these questions together with the audience. There will be talking and showing, and some singing, too.
Ari Benjamin Meyers received his training as a conductor and composer at The Juilliard School, Yale University, and Peabody Institute. Trading the concert format for that of the exhibition, his works – such as Kunsthalle for Music (2018), Symphony 80 (with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra) and Solo for Ayumi (both 2017) – explore structures and processes that redefine the performative, social, and ephemeral nature of music as well as the relationship between performer and audience. He has collaborated with artists including Tino Sehgal, Anri Sala, and Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and with bands such as The Residents, Einstürzende Neubauten, and Chicks on Speed. Recent solo shows include Ari Benjamin Meyers: Kunsthalle for Music at the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (2019), Tacet at Kunstverein Kassel (2019) and In Concert at OGR Turin (2019).
Jörn Schafaff is an art scholar who preferably works in between disciplines. With a background in cultural studies, his research and teaching currently revolve around the exhibition as an artistic medium and cultural format of presentation – with a special focus on the interrelations between visual art and other artistic and non-artistic fields of practice. His publications as author and editor include Cultures of the Curatorial (2012), Assign & Arrange: Methodologies of Presentation in Art and Dance (2014) and Sowohl als auch Dazwischen: Erfahrungsräume der Kunst (2015). His recent monograph, Rirkrit Tiravanija: Set, Szenario, Situation (2018), is currently being translated into Thai and English. In early 2019, he collaborated with Ari Benjamin Meyers on the exhibition Tacet, working on the concept and making his debut as a performer in the show.