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Photo: Henning Rogge.

Monday 21 October at 20:00

KODE 1, Festsalen
Nordahl Bruns gate 9, 5014 Bergen

In the lecture Alexandra Pirici will introduce her performative practice and speak about current research on the body as a site for the production of both economic value and poetic meaning.

The lecture will move from her earlier works, which used ‘embodiment’ to challenge and destabilize monumental constructions and fixed historical narratives, to her more recent interest in the capture, abstraction, materiality and elusiveness of movement and the living body, against the background of both older and newer industrial epochs, from industrial Taylorism to today’s data economies.

Pirici choreographs ongoing actions and performative environments that fuse dance, sculpture, spoken word and music. Her works reflect on monumentality or the history of specific places and institutions in order to deal playfully with and transform existing hierarchies; they reflect on the history and function of gestures in art and popular culture, or on question about issues related to the body, – its presence, or absence, or its image and the politics of capture. Her ongoing performative actions are part of private and public collections as live works.

Alexandra Pirici is an artist with a background in dance and choreography who works undisciplined across a variety of media. Her works have been exhibited in the decennial art exhibition Skulptur Projekte Munster 2017; the Venice Biennale – Romanian Pavilion in the 55th edition; Tate Modern London; New Museum – New York; The 9th Berlin Biennale; Manifesta 10; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museum Ludwig Cologne; the Russian Museum St. Petersburg; Neuer Berliner Kunstverein; the Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven; the Museum of Modern Art Warsaw and many other places.

As part of Volt’s presentation of Alexandra Pirici’s work in Bergen, she will also hold a workshop for a limited group of participants at KODE on Sunday 20 October. See on Volt’s website for info on how to register for the workshop.

Volt’s programme in 2019 has received funding from Arts Council Norway, the City of Bergen, Hordaland County Council (KUP) and Public Art Norway (URO).