Introducing Tino Sehgal

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Now that Project 28: Roman Ondák has come to an end, we’re getting very excited for our upcoming Project 29: Tino Sehgal.

Tino Sehgal’s work This is so contemporary will be presented in association with the Art Gallery of New South Wales, from 6-13 February.

In his radical and intriguing work, Sehgal devises ‘constructed situations’, enacted by trained interpreters who often talk, dance and sing!  The Gallery’s entrance court will become a site for spontaneous and unexpected social interaction.

As with Roman Ondák’s work for Project 28, social exchange and everyday interactions form the basis of this relational artwork which once again breaks with the traditional idea of the art object. Instead, the constructed social environment becomes the art.

Not only does this work not involve a traditional ‘art object’ as such, in fact there are no objects at all - Sehgal’s work requires that there be no material trace of the work whatsoever. This means that the work cannot be photographed or filmed, so if you miss out on experiencing This is so contemporary, this ‘situation’ will remain a mystery.

Those of you who were able to join us for Project 27: 13 Rooms last year will remember Sehgal’s This Is New, another work which takes shape as an encounter between people. Just like the ‘living sculptures’ of 13 Rooms, the interpreters who enact Sehgal’s This is so contemporary will be present in the gallery, to be viewed during exhibition hours.

Unlike when viewing traditional sculpture, in Project 29 you’re no longer a passive viewer, but an active participant, directly engaging with a constructed situation.  In a sense, these artworks don’t exist until you become a part of them, so get ready to join us and become an essential part of one of Sehgal’s most captivating situations.