This year Tino Seghal was nominated for the Turner Prize Award, the only finalist in the competition that works exclusively with performance. A few months later, Seghal was also awarded the 2013 Venice Biennale’s Golden Lion Award, further securing his position as one of the most highly recognized figures of the contemporary art world. His work focuses on the dematerialization of art, with an emphasis on the manner in which people interact and participate with artwork in a museum or gallery context. His performances also arise and vanish within moments, generating an experience and requiring an involvement set up by the artist, not created by the artist.
This summer marks the jubilee of Tanz im August in Berlin, now in its twenty-fifth year. A series of performances and events are dotted around the city throughout the month of August, compiling concepts relating to the relationship between dance and visual art. This year, Tanz im August presents a performance of an early work of Tino Seghal, (Untitled) (2000), performed by Boris Charmatz, Frank Willens, and Andrew Hardwidge on the 27th and 28th of August, along with an artist talk with Tino Seghal on the 28th. Each day the performances will be at 7pm, 8pm and 9pm and will take place at all three HAU locations.
For more information about the upcoming Tanz im August events, click here: www.tanzimaugust.de
Blog entry by Jazmina Figueroa in Berlin; Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013.