Cally Spooner and Christian Falsnaes

Cally Spooner and Christian Falsnaes

Bielefelder Kunstverein

Christian Falsnaes, Videostill, 2014. Courtesy the artist and PSM, Berlin.

February 8, 2015

Cally Spooner: The Anti-Climax Climax
Christian Falsnaes:
The Title Is Your Name 
January 31–April 12, 2015

Bielefelder Kunstverein
im Waldhof 
Welle 61
D-33602 Bielefeld

From January 31 to April 12, the Bielefelder Kunstverein is presenting two solo exhibitions by Cally Spooner and Christian Falsnaes. 

Cally Spooner The Anti-Climax Climax 
Cally Spooner (b. 1983 in Ascot, UK) writes fragmentary novellas, (musical) theatre and monologues, using assemblages of contemporary theory, philosophy, pop culture, events and current affairs. Her texts become a basis for live productions, films, radio plays and sound installations, where she investigates the movement and behaviour of speech, and its physical translation on stage, in film studios, and as labour, in the workplace.

The point of departure for the solo exhibition, The Anti-Climax Climax by Cally Spooner is her current film, Off Camera Dialogue (2014). The film re-stages a transcript from an advertising strategy, in which an employee’s personally disclosed stories and aspirations are extracted, repackaged to better reflect the voice of their corporation, then returned to the employee to be redelivered to camera, as TV commercials. The artist is developing a spatial script for performance with expanded content at the Bielefelder Kunstverein by means of a lighting rig, and new works using text, video and sound. All of the works on display are part of an expanded cycle as an especially extravagant HD musical film, which will be brought together in autumn 2015.

Christian Falsnaes
The Title Is Your Name
The relationship of art and its audience plays a central role in the work of Christian Falsnaes (b. 1980 in Copenhagen). He uses performance, painting, music or dance to develop theatrical and partially absurd situations, which involve spectators actively in a working process. Social conventions, power relations, gender roles and the artistic potential in every individual become the subject of his works. Human bodies as a collective are the most important working material for his surprising, usually unannounced performances.

Falsnaes is not planning any new performance for his first solo exhibition in a German institution. He is, much rather, making a start by conceiving an interactive spatial installation, which shifts the performative potential of looking at art into the spotlight. The exhibition, based on a specially developed app, thus becomes itself the application of an activating relationship between artwork and spectators. It is not simply display, but documents individual reactions accompanying the reception of the works. With the support of their viewers, it will generate a variety of new video-based works. They can be shared, but are mostly only familiar to the respective spectators and remain a mystery to all the others.

Curator: Thomas Thiel

Exhibition support
The exhibitions are kindly supported by the Sparkasse Bielefeld. 

To mark the exhibitions, a 32-page brochure was published (German/English). 

Further exhibitions at Bielefelder Kunstverein in 2015:

Artists Commissioning Contemporary Architecture
April 25–July 12
The international architecture exhibition at the Bielefelder Kunstverein is being devoted to artists commissioning contemporary architecture. It uses a selection of building projects as examples to illuminate the current interactions between architecture and art today.

Eugen Gomringer &
August 29–October 25
On the occasion of Eugen Gomringer’s 90th birthday, and against the background of his life’s work, the Bielefelder Kunstverein is planning an extended solo exhibition with the internationally renowned artist and father of concrete poetry under the title of Eugen Gomringer &.

November 7, 2015–January 17, 2016
The thematic exhibition Transparencies is concerned with the cultural facets and atmospheres of (non-) transparency. It has gathered together international artists, who are engaging with this current paradigm of transparency and the ambivalence of the concept on a range of levels.

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