LAYR
Curated by Studio for Propositional Cinema / A Sculpture in Search of an Author / Vienna Seilerstaette
4.9.–9.10.2021
4.9. –
9.10.2021

This exhibition is part of curated by. The gallery festival with international curators in Vienna.

Artists:
Roy Arden, Anna-Sophie Berger, Brassaï, Gaylen Gerber, Margaret Honda, Luzie Meyer, Cesare Pietroiusti, Charlotte Posenenske, Sung Tieu. And Emilio Prini?

Press Release:
A Sculpture in Search of an Author is an exhibition centered around an artwork by the Italian artist Emilio Prini (1943–2016). Or, rather, an artwork that may still be attributable to Emilio Prini. Or, perhaps more accurately, some materials that once constituted an artwork by Emilio Prini, that he has since removed his name from. Or: there exists, in storage, some materials that were once exhibited under the authorship of Emilio Prini, but now could be considered a disowned artwork by Emilio Prini, or considered some materials that, while once being combined to make an artwork by Emilio Prini are now simply materials with a notable history. We may call it a sculpture in search of an author. Emilio Prini is one of those artists around whom stories and legends proliferate; oftentimes these legends have become as present as the work itself, especially as they often involve the negation of the works that occasion them. This is one of those stories. As it goes, in 2011 Prini made a new sculptural work, titled Da Fermacarta, to be included in the Artissima art fair in Turin in the booth of Galleria Lorcan O’Neill, Rome. On the second day of the fair, as negotiations for its acquisition by a major Italian museum were well underway, Prini’s assistant arrived at the fair and demanded its immediate removal on the grounds that Prini rescinded authorship of the work. No reason was given. For the past ten years, these materials, once an exhibited sculpture by a legendary artist, have sat in the gallery’s storage, its status in the world uncertain, in stasis, hollowed. In the spirit of Luigi Pirandello’s 1921 absurdist play Six Characters in Search of an Author, Studio for Propositional Cinema has invited several artists to respond to the uncertain ontological status of this sculpture, or ex-sculpture, creating a tentative play of statements on and demonstrations of the roles and potential roles of the artist-author in relation to their autonomy over the reception, distribution, construction, and completion of their work.

 

Anna-Sophie Berger “Tell me what to do”

“Tell me what to do” is a performance by Anna-Sophie Berger which explores the relationship between two performers by simply instructing a person to perform movements and gestures live. Through the process of dictation and reception between herself and another, Berger acts as both author and performer. During an ongoing instructive discourse, what appears to be a clear link between artist and art subject is brought into question. The two performers’ previous connection informs the work as well, and serves to investigate the fragile line between history and performance.
In their unscripted and unrehearsed state, every single performance and the direction it takes is defined during the event by the interactions, moods, and trust between two persons.

For this year’s curated by Opening weekend, Anna-Sophie Berger will perform “Tell me what to do” together with Audrius Pocius on Saturday 04/09/21, 5 pm.