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17 Oct 2013

Alexandra Pirici at the Monument to The Battle of the Nations in Leipzig

Alexandra Pirici 'Persistent Feebleness' at the Monument to the Battle of the Nations, October 19, 10AM-5PM

Alexandra Pirici 'Persistent Feebleness' & Pablo Helguera 'Well-Tempered Exhibition' curated by Joanna Warsza
Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig


19 October, Alexandra Pirici at Völkerschlachtdenkmal, Straße des 18. Oktober 100 10 am – 5 pm, followed by a public talk, free entrance 20 October, 5 pm Pablo Helguera's lecture GfZK, free entrance


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Performative Democracy – a cycle of projects by
Alexandra Pirici, Pablo Helguera and Ulf Aminde
Concept: Joanna Warsza

According to the Polish sociologist Elżbieta Matynia democracy becomes performative when it expands and radicalizes its practices and amazes its own logics through carnivals, protest movements or disruptions. Three consecutive projects by Alexandra Pirici, Pablo Helguera and Ulf Aminde rehearse and enact the potential radical repertoire stemming from the very form of art.

Alexandra Pirici 'Persistent Feebleness' at the Monument to the Battle of the Nations, Leipzig
October 19, 10AM-6PM

Alexandra Pirici's projects charmingly challenge the politics of remembrance and the ontology of monuments. Together with Manuel Pelmuş, she represented Romania at the 55th Venice Biennale with the 'Immaterial Retrospective of the Venice Biennale'. Invited to work in Leipizg she takes a close look at the Monument to the Battle of the Nations, that was completed in 1913 for the 100th anniversary of Napoleon's defeat in Saxony. Pirici proposes a critical domestication of the 'German Virtues', four gigantic sculptures in the Hall of the Fame. By producing a scale conflict, by embracing weakness and exhaustion, and by disarming the poignant political iconography, Pirici plays out new „human size' reading of the site.

Pablo Helguera: The Well-Tempered Exhibition
October 20, 5PM
Museum of Contemporary Art Leipzig

Pablo Helguera, artist and curator of the educational program at NYC MoMA presents a lecture-performance based on 'Well-Tempered Clavier' by Johann Sebastian Bach. He takes Bach's pedagogical textbook, written originally in Leipzig and considered one of the foundational works of modern Western music, as a base for contemporary rhetoric and political speech. Helguera is working with a variety of topics ranging from history, pedagogy, sociolinguistics, ethnography, memory and social engagement.

'Strike: Opera' - the project by Ulf Aminde in collaboration with Cultures of the Curatorial, will take place on December 17 at the Schaubühne Lindenfels in Leipzig.

Peformative Democracy is part of Responsive Subjects, a project in which the Museum of Contemporary Art Leipzig (GfZK) also collaborates with James Langdon (Birmingham), and Kateřina Šedá (Brno).

Responsive Subjects is funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation, the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony, The German-Czech Future Fund, the British Council and the Friends of the Museum of Contemporary Art Leipzig.