The 2017 exhibition differs from previous editions of the Skulptur Projekte in
that it is giving more scope to performative approaches. This interest arises on
the one hand from the current practices of many artists, on the other from cultural-theoretical
deliberations: the disappearance of the body in the digital sphere
makes it something deserving of special attention. A performative situation defines
the body as the simultaneous subject and object of perception and creates a
relationship between it, as “material”, and the built environment. The retention
of the live arts beyond the exhibition’s duration of seventeen weeks while at the
same time avoiding a festival-like character poses a challenge we are meeting with
a wide spectrum of different formats. Artists such as Alexandra Pirici, Xavier le
Roy in collaboration with Scarlett Yu, or the Gintersdorfer/Klaßen group each go
their own route: one is involving numerous inhabitants of Münster, another is giving
instructions for action to selected dancers, the third subscribes to ongoing
collaboration with a large network of distinctive performance stars.
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