Outset is proud to have supported productions for the 10th Gwangju Biennial Burning down the house curated by Jessica Morgan, Director, Dia Art Foundation, New York.
ALLORA & CALZADILLA
The Temperament and the Wolf
Supported by Outset USA.
Temperament and the Wolf corresponds to the artist duo’s ongoing engagement with carefully choreographed reconfigured actions inside the exhibition space and presents an experiment in the limits of social tuning and the affective bodily nature of human responses. On entering the gallery, visitors are confronted with two lines of approximately 30 people, all of whom work in tactile fields such as: musicians, masseurs, physical therapists, martial artists, calligraphers, farmers, potters, mechanics, woodworkers, chefs, doctors, among many others. They offer their hand to the public entering the exhibition space. The transmission of messages between sender and receiver, in the form of bearing witness to the other’s presence, creates a series of social intervals between harmony and dissonance.
For the façade of the Gwangju Biennial Hall, Jeremy Deller has drawn on local historical and contemporary imagery to design a trompe-l’oeil banner of a giant octopus escaping from a burning building. The octopus, an image used for political satire and critique in graphic art, has come to symbolize the grasping reach of colonial power. Deller places this tentacle beast in the centre of a Hollywood-style inferno, suggesting the literal burning of the Biennial venue. A playful form of institutional critique, the work refers to a history of artistic actions against the physical space of the museum or gallery.
Film and holographic projection
In M.2062 (Fitzcarraldo) a fragmented opera that started in London in 2012, Gonzalez-Foerster takes on different personas largely drawn from films and books to deliver lectures or performances.The finale, a presentation of all the characters played by Gonzalez-Foerster, is scheduled to take place over several days in Paris in October 2014. Like her larger body of works, M.2062 is concerned with literary and musical adventures in the spirit of Werner Herzog’s epic 1982 film Fitzcarraldo and King Ludwig II of Bavaria’s fascination with Wagner.