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It never is!
19th November, 4.30 PM

Status artistic survey: Performance/ Film and Video screening

15–22 November 2019

Project curator: Gülsen Bal

Film and video screening with Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, Igor Grubić, Ibro Hasanović
19 November, 16.30

In situ Performance: “Vienna Manoeuvre Performance” by Tim Brennan
19 November, 17.00

In collaboration with the Q21/MuseumsQuartier Wien

Venue: Room D

The project It never is! examines alternative models to substantial forms of habitation as well as to political hegemony, which call for an understanding of various modes of interaction in order to challenge for predetermined forms of conflicting forces. At the same time, it probes the issue of what cultural hegemony denies in circumstances of variable forms of peculiarity that foster the social process being marginal of national contexts.

Vienna Manoeuvre is a multipart performance that combines references to Günter Brus’s 1965 artwork “Vienna Walk” and Samuel Beckett’s 1966 short story Ping. Central to Tim Brennan’s work is his re-writing of "Ping" around the themes of walking, alienation and deracination. The text "Vienna Walk: After Brus, Before Ping" is articulated in three ways: as a series of fly posters along the intended route of Brus’s walk; as a text to be recited by the artist along the route; and as a recited text within two gallery/studio/interior environments located at either end of the route.

The performance also has a subtle but important reference to the artist’s birth and art practice: Brus’s and Beckett’s artworks both span the period of Brennan’s own gestation (1965) and birth (1966). A further reference is that performance, walking and writing are key characteristics of Brennan’s 30-year practice.

The video work Neither on the Ground, nor in the Sky by Hera Büyüktaşçıyan is inspired by the story of the bird who has been traveling between geographies yet never lands on his own foundations, and the similarity of his story with the Zeus Altar that was brought to Germany, taken away from his roots. Here, the parakeet mosaic gets becomes an embodiment of his visual representation and comes back to where everything has started and rewind his own story by also addressing to timeless questions of foundations, being in between state and a sense of cleaning history by facing with it. In a way, it is a sense of unfolding memory to unlearn what is hidden within our mental spaces and reread history through this journey. 

Igor Grubić’s East Side Story is based on disturbing documentary footage of gay pride events held in Belgrade and Zagreb in 2001 and 2002, respectively, where participants were subjected to the verbal and physical abuse of neo-Nazi groups. Grubić has dancers reenact scenes from the footage.

Spectre by Ibro Hasanović is a meditation on decay, death, and on the ways memory haunts and affects the present. The film was shot on Josip Broz Tito’s representative navy yacht “GALEB.” Once a glamorous symbol of Yugoslav history, the yacht now sits abandoned in a shipyard.

The Open Space programme is supported by:

Stadtteilkultur, Interkulturalität und Internationale Angelegenheiten
The City of Rijeka - Department of Culture, Primorsko-goranska County, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia

In kind support by:

Q 21/MuseumsQuartier
Manchester Metropolitan University
ARUCAD - Arkin University of Creative Arts and Design

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