Exhibition

Alexandra Pirici: Co-natural

6 Feb 2018 – 15 Apr 2018

New Museum

New York
New York, United States

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In her work, Alexandra Pirici uses performance and choreography to address symbolic manifestations of history through frameworks that define bodily presence in both real and virtual space.

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Her new project for the New Museum takes the form of an ongoing action with live performers and one holographic performer. The project approaches the concept of presence in an expanded sense, focusing in particular on its increasing dispersion. In Pirici’s ongoing action—conceived especially for the New Museum’s South Galleries—presence is revealed in a variety of ways: as physical body as well as artificial stand-in, avatar, and ghost, taking on the character of a memorial or monument; as image and abstraction of the living subject into quantifiable, monetizable data; and as the expanded life of “dead” objects in museum collections—using the presence of live performers to challenge their stable state and static interpretation.

This new work continues Pirici’s recent interrogations into the collective body through choreographies that link different temporal and spatial events in real time. In the work, performers embody amalgamated parts, intersecting with each other yet separately manipulable. Pirici’s project attempts to enact the dispersion of presence and to comment on contemporary processes of abstraction that separate sign from substance and image from material support. Proposing a distributed occupation of space and time, the work functions as one monstrous, modular organism made of living and digital matter.

The exhibition is curated by Helga Christoffersen, Associate Curator, and will be on view in the New Museum’s recently inaugurated South Galleries, a space designated for premiering new productions at the Museum. The South Galleries preserve the character of the building’s loft spaces, where many artists historically worked and exhibited. 

“Alexandra Pirici: Co-natural” is performed by Juli Brandano, Farid Fairuz, Paula Gherghe, Miguel Angel Guzmán, Jordan Isadore, and Jennifer Tchiakpe.
Light, set, and holographic display design: Andrei Dinu
Holographic Pepper’s Ghost display: Archi3D LIMITED
Director of photography: Barbu Balasoiu

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