Before Falling Seek the Assistance of Your Cane
30 April 22, 8 pm
sold out – Tickets can be purchased via our ticket shop
The tickets for the non-academic lecture are sold out. There will be no box-office.
A poster outside of Salzburger Kunstverein warns of an airstrike. A concerned passerby alerts the police. The police assess it an acute threat and begin to evacuate the building. The warning sign is however in fact an exhibition poster by artist Rabih Mroué showing a reproduction of flyers dropped by the US military over Iraq warning its citizens of imminent air raid bombings.
In his non-academic lecture Before Falling Seek the Assistance of Your Cane (2020), Rabih Mroué enquires into the relationship between art and public space triggered by the events in Salzburg. Mroué elaborates on the boundaries between fact and fiction in the moment an artwork crosses the perimeter of the art institution into public space; how can an artistic object become an object of threat? These questions interweave with other queries and stories, amongst them the flyers dropped from military planes and the story of the crocodile who ate the sun. Masterfully bringing together aesthetic questions with social and political realities, Mroué explores how images and stories are constructed and instrumentalized, merging fiction and reality.
Mroué’s performance of Before Falling Seek the Assistance of Your Cane at KW will be the first live iteration of the non-academic lecture in Berlin.