view/ers (The livings)
The museum is the meeting place for art and people, a platform of happenings. The behavior of the visitors plays an important role in the exhibition space. Jianan Qu challenges the possible roles of being a viewer. By establishing a reflective, sensitive atmosphere, the work turns the way of observing art into art itself.
Interpreters: Erika Fransson, Pille-Riin Jaik, Paula Dominici, Lior Lazarof, Elsa Mourlam, Simone Einfalt, Madeleine Schrabauer, Lori Baldwin, Sonia Borkowicz, Kuba Borkowicz
Documentation: Dominik Galleya, Sonia Borkowicz
Performance / 2016-2017
- 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.