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An Evening of Performances. With Jiri Kovanda, Dora Garcia, Jacob Dahl Jürgensen, Benoit Maire, Nina Beier and Marie Lund (16 Oct 2008)

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6.30pm – The Game of Questions by Dora Garcia
A flyer with a list of questions is left in the gallery for people to pick up. In the course of the evening these questions will be acted out by a number of accomplices among the public, blurring the boundaries between spectator and performer and twisting the meaning of normal conversation.

7pm – Words, Knots and Whatnots by Jacob Dahl Jürgensen
For this performance the artist will install 3 dimensional metal frames and use them as props for his actions. Using magician’s rope, he will then tie knots around and between them. A text will be read to accompany his gesture, moving associatively between different subject matters such as folklore, rituals, magic and language.

7.15 – XXX Pressing myself as close as I can to the wall, I make my way around the whole room; There are people in the middle of the room watching… November 26, 1977, Hradec Kralove by Jiri Kovanda
The artist proposes a remake of his historical performance from the 70s in a space close to the gallery (77 Great Titchfield Street). Through his minimal and solitary action the artist will question the nature of social dynamics and the legacy of performance as a form of resistance.

7.30pm – Drawing Attention by Benoit Maire
the action involves a simple set, consisting of two vintage chairs and a pile of books, all evoking the figure and the myth of Medusa. The artist is seated and waits for someone to sit in the opposite chair. Once a visitor is facing him, he enters into a conversation and draws the portrait of his respondent.

Ongoing – The Making of Difference by Nina Beier and Marie Lund
A broken up avant-garde band will meet again durig the day at one of the tables in a pub close to the gallery (The Ship, 134 New Cavendish Street). The public is invited to visit the meeting point, guess who are the members of the band and imagine the background of their story.

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  • Jiri Kovanda 'XXX Pressing myself as close as I can to the wall, I make my way around the whole room; there are people in the middle of the room, watching...November 26, 1977 Hradec Kralove' (Detail), 1977, courtesy the artist, gb agency, Paris and Krobath Wimmer, Vienna
    1/3Jiri Kovanda 'XXX Pressing myself as close as I can to the wall, I make my way around the whole room; there are people in the middle of the room, watching...November 26, 1977 Hradec Kralove' (Detail), 1977, courtesy the artist, gb agency, Paris and Krobath Wimmer, Vienna
  • Jiri Kovanda playing 'XXX Pressing myself as close as I can to the wall, I make my way around the whole room; there are people in the middle of the room, watching...November 26, 1977 Hradec Kralove' (Detail), 1977, courtesy the artist, gb agency, Paris and Krobath Wimmer, Vienna
    2/3Jiri Kovanda playing 'XXX Pressing myself as close as I can to the wall, I make my way around the whole room; there are people in the middle of the room, watching...November 26, 1977 Hradec Kralove' (Detail), 1977, courtesy the artist, gb agency, Paris and Krobath Wimmer, Vienna
  • Words, Knots and Whatnots by Jacob Dahl Jürgensen
    3/3Words, Knots and Whatnots by Jacob Dahl Jürgensen