Irena Haiduk or her refusal to use biographies in media outlets and press material, on of the roles of engaged art, on the sound of sirens, synthetic voices discussing discussing art’s complicity with power, blindness, and more.
My conversation with John Armleder took place in between these two Zen-like aphorisms, repeated like inverted commas at the beginning and end of our chat. Quite apropos, in fact, for the ever self-replicating ritual of the interview (possibly same questions, possibly same answers), as well as for the subject we were discussing: his solo show, Better, Quasi (“quasi” means “almost” in Italian), an exhibition based on repetition, replication, and possibly improvement.
After a first letter (written in September), the artists who participated in the exhibition which took place both in Athens and in Kassel, express again their support for the radical curatorial vision of the event, defending it against the budget managing controversies arisen in the last months. Here the complete message along with a list of all who signed it:
Melati Suryodarmo is one of Indonesia’s leading performance artists and an alumna of Marina Abramovic´. She is also a choreographer and has organized performance festivals in her hometown of Surakarta. She is the artistic director of the upcoming Jakarta Biennale.
The American dancer and choreographer William Forsythe on his first exhibition at Gagosian Le Bourget, Paris: robots and choreography and the “optical human puzzle” provided by the formal potential of human bodies interacting.