My First Science Fiction Book, Religion
Free access to the public and at http://sfbreligion.com
Performance duration: 8 h
Together with musicians from various religious backgrounds, artist Georgia Sagri composes a new musical and movement performance, employing imitation and repetition of familiar beliefs on a path towards a unified belief system. For Sagri, the performance, in which monotheistic ceremonies become subjects of a "meta-religion", is treated as a science fiction book, suggesting an actualization of a future notion in the present.
The eight-hour piece, performed by the artist and her musical collaborators, visualizes the possibility of a non-individualistic approach to religion and defines the "materials" of faith by detaching them from their original significance, constantly deconstructing and exposing their micro-movements and transitions.
The project-website will allow visitors to view the performance online and write their comments as it unfolds.
Georgia Sagri, born in 1979, lives and works between Athens and New York. At the center of her practice lies the exploration of performance as an ever-evolving field within the social and visual life, interconnected, though distinct from the dialectics of representation in theater, music and dance. Her pieces are exhibitions, where material and immaterial elements coexist to create complete worlds. Object-based and live-based components of the work coexist, and the challenge is to present the building tensions, mental and physical ones.
Her first institutional solo show, curated by Adam Szymczyk, was under the title Mona Lisa Effect, at Kunsthalle Basel in the spring of 2014. She was included in the Biennale de Lyon (2013), Probio, EXPO 1: New York, MoMA PS1, New York (2013), and the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2011). Her work has been shown internationally in public institutions including Forde, Geneva; The Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; Arnolfini, Bristol; State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki; DESTE Foundation, Athens; and in private galleries including Anthony Reynolds, London; Andreas Melas & Helena Papadopoulos, Athens; Lars Friedrich, Berlin; Team, New York; Murray Guy, New York; Real Fine Arts, New York; Andrew Roth, New York; Circus, Berlin, Terri and Donna, Miami and Central Fine, Miami. She is the founder of the audio-only magazine Forté (www.magazineforte.com), and Saloon, an on-going curatorial project. Her recent work Daily Bread (dailybread.nyc) was an online and physical exhibition supported by Issue Project Room and hosted by Mathew_nyc in New York. She is a participant artist in the 14th Istanbul Biennial 2015 curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev.
Georgia Sagri: My First Science Fiction Book, Religion is part of Foreign Affairs 2015.
Production: KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berliner Festspiele / Foreign Affairs, Istanbul Biennal 2015