Yvonne Rainer, Performance Demonstration #1, undated 1 sound tape reel.
Box label: Music lecture, Tiomkin, Trio A Lecture, Rehearsal lecture and door banging Chamber Bros.
Curated by Valentina Sansone
On the occasion of the Museum’s opening exhibitions, Uovo performing arts festival and Mudec Museo delle Culture present a sound-based event, that deals with contemporary performative practices and sheds new light on the concepts of document and archive.
One 30-minute audio piece, the sound recording of Yvonne Rainer’s Performance Demonstration rehearsals from 1968, is broadcasted through wi-fi headphones for the audience at Mudec. Borrowed by The Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, the original audio allows the performative space to expand through its broadcasting. The audience score an unknown choreography by moving in the museum, as an object activated by an immaterial condition.
A co-founding member of the Judson Dance Theater in 1962, Yvonne Rainer (San Francisco, 1934) is a dancer, choreographer, filmmaker and writer. She is one of the most influential artistic figures of the last 50 years. Her work has been foundational across multiple disciplines and movements: dance, cinema, feminism, minimalism, conceptual art, and postmodernism.
Presented at the Library of the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center in September 1968, Performance Demonstration is a manifesto on dance, on its variations and contaminations. The first of Rainer’s composite pieces, it mixed selected materials: choreographies, lectures, screenings, sound and video pieces. This innovative format had no orders or borders: it inaugurated a period of experimentation in dance form and content, and in modes of spectatorship and their politics. Performance Demonstration is not an explicitly political work, it documents a series of radical positions following the wave of political dissent from the late 60s and marked the artist’s transition from tightly-structured works such as The Mind is A Muscle (1966) into a more changeable and responsive format.
Guest Curator of Uovo 2015, Valentina Sansone is a contemporary art writer and independent curator. Currently Research Fellow at Konstfack University in Stockholm, she was curator at the Istituto Svizzero di Roma (Rome/Milan) from 2009 to 2014, and Managing Editor of Flash Art International from 2007 to 2009.
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