The exhibition Facing the Crowd presents documentations of performances, as well as performative video works, in the form of lecture, speech, or sermon. Including works from the early 70s until present-day, Facing the Crowd will articulate the different ways in which language, human behavior, the artist’s body and voice, and modes of interpretation, become an integral part of the work of art being executed within given social structures undergoing simultaneous reaffirmation and disruption.
The exhibition is informed by Bertolt Brecht’s theoretical concept of the ‘fourth wall’ for which the audience is no longer transparent but is being directly approached, and at the same time points to the foundations, and the consequences, of today’s YouTube video aesthetic. The presentation also relies on the important role played by spoken poetry and live storytelling in the global contemporary art scene.
Curated by Ory Dessau.