History Will Repeat Itself. Strategies of Re-enactment in Contemporary Art



18 November 07 – 13 January 08



Curated by: Jens Hoffmann

KW Institute for Contemporary Art, will hold three performance evenings with international artists under the title A Little Bit of History Repeated from the 16th to the 18th of November 2001, from 8 to 11 pm. The project, curated by free curator Jens Hoffmann, provides a unique opportunity to experience and analyze important performances of the sixties and seventies.

For the project A Little Bit of History Repeated a number of international artists from a younger generation have been invited to re-enact important performances from the 1960s and 70s, featuring works by Vito Acconci (Trademarks and Seedbed), John Baldessari (I Am Making Art) and Yoko Ono (Cut Piece) amongst others. The reenactments comprise open copies based on original documentation (film, photographs as well as written and oral statements), interpretations of the original performance, co-operations with the original artist and entirely new works, which are only loosely based on an older performance. While the performances will take place on Friday and Saturday (Saturday repetition of the previous evening), the third evening will be dedicated to a panel discussion for the evaluation of the project. Participants of the panel are the artists of A Little Bit of History Repeated, Dorothea von Hantelmann, a freelance curator and critic and Jens Hoffmann. The aim of the project is to analyze the fundamental characteristics of performance art and its relationship to the art object and the idea of the archive, as well as to explore questions of method, techniques, development, movement, authorship, conservation and documentation.

Following the panel discussion and based on the idea of the project A Little Bit of History Repeated, the performance class Abramovic of the Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Braunschweig, will perform a number of performances, which have been created during a seminar led by Marina Abramovic and Jens Hoffmann.

Participating artists: John Bock (DE), Tania Bruguera (CU), Trisha Donnelly (US), Ingar Drangset & Michael Elmgreen (DK/NO), Karl Holmqvist (SE), Takehito Koganezawa (JP), Elke Krystufek (AT), Laura Lima (BR), Tracey Rose (ZA), Tino Sehgal (DE).

Accompanying the project a bilingual, German-English publication will be published, comprising texts by Jens Hoffmann and the individual artists. (Published by Kunst-Werke in collaboration with Edition Valerio, Paris/Berlin. 80 pages, DM 9,-).

The project has been realized thanks to the generous support of the Allianz Kulturstiftung, Munich, and the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, Berlin.