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02 Oct 2012

„Test Run“, Kunsthaus Dresden – Municipal Gallery for Contemporary Art

Yael Davids 
„Learning to Imitate in Absentia“ (Performance) 
Ending with Glass, Kunsthalle Basel, 2011

„Test Run“
October 12th to 14th, 2012


„Various Stages – Bedingte Bühnen“
Exhibition, salon, festival
„Test Run“
Friday, Oct 12th 2012 at 3pm – Sunday, Oct 14th 2012 at 4:30pm, performance, dance, reading, initiative, food performance, film screening, roundtable
Friday Oct 12th 2012 3pm - midnight
Saturday Oct 13th 2012 1pm - 0:45am
Sunday Oct 14th 2012 11:30am - 4:30pm
Festival in cooperation with MS | Muzeum Sztuki, Łodz (PL) Part II, „Testing (Re-)Production“, Muzeum Sztuki, January 11th – 13th, 2013

Karin Ziegler
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Kunsthaus Dresden – Municipal Gallery for Contemporary Art
Rähnitzgasse 8
01097 Dresden

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The two-part festival 'Test' finalizes the project 'Various Stages - Bedingte Bühnen'. At Kunsthaus Dresden – Municipal Gallery for Contemporary Art, the first part 'Test Run' will take place from the 12 - 14 October, 2012. 'Testing (Re-)Production' will be carried through from 11 – 13 January, 2013 at MS | Muzeum Sztuki in Łodz, Poland. Laying its focus on theatricality, 'Test Run' will take place in the exhibition 'Settings', in the courtyard and on the Kunsthaus' square. The festival in Łodz will examine the architecture and the history of the museum. Subject of both "Test Run" and "Testing (Re-)Production" is performativity of contemporary artistic practice. Their programs comprise performance, dance, reading, initiative, food performance, film screening and a roundtable.

Some of the performances in 'Test Run' are developed especially for works shown in 'Settings' and will be expanded performatively at Kunsthaus Dresden. This way, the modes of showing (in) an exhibition and (during) a performance are being interlaced. On a theoretical level, the festival primarily seizes the process of rehearsing and testing. On the level of presentation, the format of the event is central. Referencing one another, the inherent staging conditions of the different formats exhibition, salon and festival are put into a thematic focus.

Invited theoreticians, performers, artists and filmmakers no longer create and debate an index for an 'external artistic reality'. Dealing with the art-innate of the medium and the format, they reflect on its respective forms of production, and its methods of showing.

Performances by Ulf Aminde, Sarah K. Balzat / Channa Horwitz (US), Gerry Bibby (AUS), Julianne Csapo, Daniel Triebe, Falco Kneschke, Yael Davids (IL), Hella Gerlach, Liz Rosenfeld / Imogen Heath (US/AUS), Karl Holmqvist (SE), Channa Horwitz (US), David Levine (US), Adam Linder (AUS), Anne Retzlaff, Megan Francis Sullivan (US)

Film screenings by Ulf Aminde, Gerard Byrne (IE), Johanna Billing (SE), Wojciech Bruszewski (PL), Keren Cytter (IL), Discoteca Flaming Star (ES/DE), Jimmie Durham (US), Elmgreen & Dragset (DK/NO), Liam Gillick/Anton Vidokle (GB/RU), Aneta Grzeszykowska (PL), Karl Holmqvist (SE), Judith Hopf/Henrik Olesen (DE/DK), Elke Silvia Krystufek (AU), Annika Larsson/Samuel Nyholm (SE), Anna Molska (PL), Amy Patton (US), Mario Pfeifer, Elodie Pong (US), Mathilde Rosier (FR), Markus Schinwald (AU), Martin Skauen (NO), Chicks on Speed/Douglas Gordon (DE/GB), Teresa Tyszkiewicz (PL), Clemens von Wedemeyer, Annette Wehrmann, Aleksandra Went/Alicja Karska (PL), Ming Wong (SG)

Theoretical contributions and presentations by Berit Stumpf (Performer), Nina Tecklenburg (Director, Performer), Sandra Umathum (Scholar of theatre), Olaf Stüber (Curator of „Video Art at Midnight')

Artistic director: Petra Reichensperger