Nicole Devereaux

Instead of allowing some thing to rise up to your face dancing bruce and dan and other things

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Statement

Walker Art Center December 12, 2007–March 23, 2008.


One of the leading artists of his generation, Sehgal has been making
art without actually creating any objects. His working method often
involves instructing people—adults, teenagers, and children—to use
their bodies and voices to construct situations in which they interact
with spectators and their surroundings. Insisting that his
installations share time and space with the public, he presents them
inside museums rather than theater stages to incite viewer’s response,
improvisation, and possibly participation. His stance on spectators as
an active and engaged counterpart has infused his work with a
distinctive sense of humor, wit, and political undertone. As the artist
has stated, “There’s no possibility not to act. So everything you do,
even if it doesn’t seem like acting, produces an effect.”


Resorting to an economy of actions, Sehgal’s work proposes a
dynamic take on the idea of the expanded concept of art, arguing for a
process of production that revolves around the spectator and his or her
individual exchanges and the embodiments of movements and language
presented by his interpreters. Immediacy takes the forefront in
Sehgal’s artistic program. He requests that his installations are not
be photographed or recorded in a gesture that reconsiders the value of
time, contemplation, and participation.


The exhibition Tino Sehgal, the
artist’s largest U.S. museum show to date, features five continuous
“live” pieces that require the employment of some 50 individuals,
including Walker staff members, local artists, amateur singers, and
practicing dancers living in the Twin Cities who serve as interpreters.
The works—Instead of allowing some thing to rise up to your face dancing bruce and dan and other things (2000), This is good (2001), This is propaganda (2002), This is new (2003), and This is about
(2003)—are presented in selected galleries and public spaces throughout
the building, starting at the lobby desk and including guided tours of
the collection.