Co-natural

    21/05  | 18:00 - 22:00
    23/05  | 19:00 - 23:00
    24/05  | 19:00 - 23:00
    25/05  | 18:00 - 22:00
    26/05  | 18:00 - 22:00

€ 16 / € 13 (-25/65+)
4h

❗ Tickets are still available at the entrance.

The ongoing actions last 4 hours. With your ticket entrance or exit is allowed at any moment.

Alexandra Pirici is fast acquiring fame with her performative interventions in museum contexts. Her work has recently been shown at Skulptur Projekte Münster or the Venice Biennale. At Kanal – Centre Pompidou – a pre-museum space still awaiting its collection and its visitors – three performers and a hologram deconstruct the boundaries between presence and absence. What does it mean to be present? What does it mean to be? Today everything and everyone seems to be everywhere and nowhere at once: scattered but fragmented. With Co-natural, Pirici explores the extent to which we are and are not. She creates a situation in which diverse forms of life move alongside and through each other: physically, virtually, temporally, and permanently. Her sculptural performance and choreography connects (in)visible individuals and objects with each other as modular particles. She intertwines time with space, life with death, past with present and future. Co-natural is a game of opposition, temporality, and visibility.

A project by Alexandra Pirici

Performed by Beniamin Boar, Paula Gherghe, Luisa Saraivá, Farid Fairuz as a holographic image

Light, set & holographic display design Andrei Dinu

Director of photography Barbu Balasoiu

Presentation Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Kanal – Centre Pompidou

Production New Museum (New York)

Coproduction Kunstenfestivaldesarts

With the support of the European ArtEast Foundation, Art Encounters, Institut Culturel Roumain Bruxelles

Special thanks to CINETic & The National Dance Center Bucharest

Co-natural was initially commissioned by the New Museum as a solo exhibition curated by Helga Christoffersen, Associate Curator, for the New Museum’s recently inaugurated South Galleries

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Alexandra Pirici (b. 1982, Bucharest, Romania) uses sculpture, performance, and choreography to address symbolic manifestations of history through frameworks that define bodily presence in both real and virtual space.

Pirici’s new work, Co-natural (2018), is an ongoing action with live performers and one holographic performer. The work considers the increasing fragmentation of presence and self, enabled by digital technologies, financialization and, more broadly, by modernity’s division of nature from culture, body from mind or spirit, and individual from collective. Co-natural attempts to enact a dispersion of bodily presence, commenting on contemporary processes of abstraction that separate sign from substance and image from material support. Yet the work also mines this fragmentation for its potential to create a different idea of a self, one distributed across time, space, bodies, history, and memory.

This new work continues Pirici’s recent interrogations of the collective body through choreography that links different temporal and spatial events in real time. Exploring memorials and monuments, artworks and objects in museum collections, lost or stored in freeports – as well as abstractions of the living subject into quantifiable, monetizable data – through physical bodies, voice, and ghostly images, the work re-mediates and resituates them in new relations and entanglements. Pirici contextualizes the hologram, a fragment of a “whole,” through live action; the hologram becomes a mediator of presence, revealing the ways in which images and living bodies influence each other. Co-natural proposes a single, modular organism made of both living and digital matter that gradually assembles and disperses again over the course of each day of the exhibition.

Co-natural is influenced by, reshapes and quotes the following un-named references, among others: Romica Puceanu’s “Șaraiman”, Alain Resnais and Alain Robbe-Grillet’s “Last Year in Marienbad”, Rafael’s “Portrait of a Young Man”, “Un Bel Di” aria from Giacomo Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly”, Robert Mappelthorpe’s “Two Men Dancing” , The statue of Christopher Columbus by Gaetano Russo in the middle of Columbus Circle in Manhattan, New York City, Antonio Canova’s “Psyche Revived by Love’s Kiss”, Tatiana Dumitriu’s “The coevolution of gene mobility and sociality in bacteria”, Adolfo Bioy Casares’s “The Invention of Morel”, Octavia Butler, Donna Haraway, Anna Tsing, Arjun Appadurai, Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, Wili Ninja, Anna Akhmatova.

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Alexandra Pirici is an artist with a background in choreography that works undisciplined, across different mediums, from performance to visual arts and music. Her works have been exhibited within the decennial art exhibition Skulptur Projekte Munster 2017, the 55th edition of the Venice Biennale  - Romanian Pavilion, Tate Modern London, Tate Liverpool, The 9th Berlin Biennale, Manifesta 10, Centre Pompidou - Paris, New Museum – New York, Museum Ludwig Cologne, The 12th Swiss Sculpture Exhibition, the Van Abbemuseum, Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, Museum of Modern Art – Warsaw, among many others. In 2015 she received the Excellency Award from the National Dance Center, Bucharest. 

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