Above: Nicolas Constantin performing Trisha Brown's »The Stream« (1970 / 2011)

Above: Bruce Nauman, Green Light Corridor

Above: Bruce Nauman, Green Light Corridor

William Forsythe

Tino Sehgal: »Instead of allowing some things to rise up to your face dancing bruce and dan and other things.«

Dan Graham

Move. Choreographing You. Art and Dance Since the 1960s

EXHIBITION 11.02 – 08.05.11

"Young artists of today need no longer say, 'I am a painter' or 'a poet' or 'a dancer'. They are simply 'artists'." Allan Kaprow

The exhibition "Move" is dedicated to the interaction between art and dance since the 1960s. The works shown are activated by the dancers and performers, who are at the exhibition. Or the artwork choreographs the visitors, guiding their movements and inviting them to have a physical experience – they become active participants, i.e., dancers.

The exhibition originated in works that were created in New York in the 1960s, a time that saw the erosion of the boundary between art and life and during which criticism of the artwork as an object and a ware had reached its climax.

As with performances and happenings, dance also offered the possibility of transforming the object character of the artwork and avoiding the art market. The exhibition shows key works from this period – sculptures by Trisha Brown, Lygia Clark and Robert Morris, as well as Bruce Naumann's famous "Green Light Corridor" from 1970: Intense green light, soundproofing and confinement in a narrow corridor enhance the awareness of one's own body.

In addition to works from the 1960s and 1970s, the exhibition presents current works by dancers, choreographers and visual artists. William Forsythe's "The Fact of Matter" (2009), a choreographic object made of 200 gym rings is exemplary for the connecting of sculpture, choreography and visitor participation. Visitors can use the rings to cross the room without touching the floor, thereby testing their physical strength and mental agility.

Mike Kelley's "Test Room Containing Multiple Stimuli Known to Elicit Curiosity and Manipulatory Responses" (1999/2010) is a kind of playroom furnished with oversized objects that visitors can interact with – either gently or aggressively. Kelley's interest in choreography applies to the manipulated, artificial behaviour that he allows in his "test order".

The exhibition will also feature works by Janine Antoni, Pablo Bronstein, Boris Charmatz, Simone Forti, Dan Graham, Christian Jankowski, Isaac Julien, La Ribot, João Penalva, Xavier Le Roy & Mårten Spångberg, Tino Sehgal, Franz Erhard Walther and Franz West.

The presentation is rounded off with a digital archive of photographs and films of the most important performance works from the past 50 years.

The exhibition is organised by
Hayward Gallery, London, in collaboration with the Haus der Kunst