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not yet titled (The livings)

Jianan Qu stands in front of an artwork, staring at it long enough so the artwork becomes irrelevant and meaningless, letting all the thoughts sail through his mind. Without movements or breaks the performance lasted 5h14mins. Qu experiences the transformation of the artwork, the exhibition space and different states of presence of his body and mind. 

Documentation: Camilla Schielin, Huda Takriti
Support: Ursula Krinzinger, Ursula Probst, Galerie Krinzinger
Performance / Video / 2018


The livings
- A series of performance work for the art space
In the series, The livings, Jianan Qu performs in the blank spaces that surround art works. In so doing he asks: Could the act of observing art be turned into art itself? What makes the art space perform? How can we approach the accompanying descriptive text in these spaces?
This rethinking of the space for art is not only conceptual, but also physical and visual. By providing artistic answers to theoretical questions with the works screening, view/ers, paperplane, Jianan Qu opens up new areas for understanding, alongside possible misunderstandings, that relate to the white cube.