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July 5 to August 11, 2024

nowhere / now here
A Performance Festival

nowhere / now here

curated by Marianne Dobner and Christine Standfest

The live performances of eight contemporary choreographers confront performative video works by twelve artists from the 1960s and 1970s. 

At the same time as the fledgling genre of performance art shattered Western ideas of the static art object in the early 1960s, video technology made a new method of recording art possible. nowhere / now here is dedicated to this contradiction between live art as an ephemeral, transient, unique event and its technological (re)production. Contrary to their original form, live performances become an image-based art form in the historiography of the corresponding documentary material and, as such, find their way into museum collections like that of mumok.

The title nowhere / now here refers to the festival’s dual structure, which interweaves the live program with the historical film footage. What is created in one instance disappears in the next, only to reappear in a different medium elsewhere. At the heart of this historical exploration are film documentaries about performances from the 1960s and 1970s that are part of the mumok collection—works that tackled various social taboos, body images, and oppressive conventions and consequently influenced contemporary art in a major way.

Artists in the exhibition: 
Chris Burden, Günter Brus, VALIE EXPORT, Terry Fox, Ulysses Jenkins, Joan Jonas, Kurt Kren, Hermann Nitsch, Nam June Paik, Ernst Schmidt jr., Carolee Schneemann, Hannah Wilke

The festival of moving images sets the stage for the festival of moving bodies. 

The invited performance artists from the fields of choreography and dance have always, each in their own way, pushed the boundaries of stage dance as an artform and investigated presence and performativity in the context of the museum and the white cube. Thematically and in their strategies and artistic practices, they continue the heritage of 1960s and 1970s performance art—also by differentiating themselves from it.

The architecture of nowhere / now here. A Performance Festival changes through the different setups of the live program. Traces of the performances remain within the space.

Performances as part of ImPulsTanz:
Trajal Harrell, Nikima Jagudajev, Geumhyung Jeong, Ian Kaler, Dana Michel, Davi Pontes & Wallace Ferreira, Eszter Salamon, Deva Schubert

 

nowhere / now here. A Performance Festival is curated by Marianne Dobner, the live program by Christine Standfest (ImPulsTanz).
The performance festival culminates in Nikima Jagudajev’s performative exhibition Basically.

Visitor Information

The exhibition nowhere / now here. A Performance Festival presents performative video works from the 1960s and 1970s that are part of the mumok collection. The exhibition can be visited during the museum's regular opening hours with a valid admission ticket
The performances as part of ImPulsTanz can be booked separately via the ImPulsTanz website. All dates can also be found here.

The exhibition nowhere / now here. A Performance Festival shows, among other things, works that explore physical boundaries, transgress social taboos and document experiences of violence. Adults with minors are advised to view the exhibition alone before visiting together.


Due to rehearsals and preparations for the performances as part of ImPulsTanz, the exhibition will be closed earlier for museum visitors on some days:
Tuesday, July 16: Exhibition closed from 1 pm
Wednesday, July 17: Exhibition closed from 4 pm
Friday, July 19: Exhibition closed from 5 pm
Saturday, July 20: Exhibition closed from 4 pm
Sunday, July 21: Exhibition closed until 5 pm
Tuesday, July 23: Exhibition closed from 3 pm
Wednesday, July 24: Exhibition closed from 4 pm
Friday, July 26: Exhibition closed from 4 pm
Saturday, July 27: Exhibition closed from 5 pm
Sunday, July 28: Exhibition closed from 2 pm
Monday, July 29: Exhibition closed from 4 pm
Tuesday, July 30: Exhibition closed from 3 pm
Friday, August 2: Exhibition closed from 4 pm
Tuesday, August 6: Exhibition closed from 3 pm
Thursday, August 8: Exhibition closed from 4 pm

 

 

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Carolee Schneemann
Snows, 1967
Film still
16mm film transferred to DVD, colour, sound, 20:30 min
Camera: Alfons Schilling
mumok - Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, acquired in 2014
© Carolee Schneemann Foundation, Bildrecht, Wien 2024

 

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Logo: ImPulsTanz