Hosted by: Cluj Cultural Center
Alexandra Pirici is a Romanian artist and choreographer whose performances and installations explore history and invisible structures of power, in both gallery and public spaces. Her work was shown in the Romanian pavilion at the 55th edition of the Venice Biennial (2013); at Manifesta 10, St. Petersburg (2014); at the Berlin Biennale (2016); and in the decennial exhibition Skulptur Projekte Münster (2017). She has also presented her performative environments at Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin (2014); the Centre Pompidou, Paris (2014); the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2014-15); the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw (2015); Tate Modern, London (2015); and the New Museum, New York (2018), among many others.
I am interested in reclaiming the body as an apparatus for scientific experiments, observation and knowledge production; in reimagining life and the human in "movement", beyond managerial, extractivist quantification and standardisation cutting across both old and new industries (such as data or the arts turned "creative industries"); in embodied perception and sensuous reason as necessary paths to a shift in the production of knowledge, from the so-called "disembodied objectivity" of 17th century masculinist rationalism that spurted a subsequent simplification of life into the plantation and factory models of production, colonial conquest and extraction, to a multi-perspectival production of truth and knowledge, now crucial for enabling the survival and nurturing of an entangled, multi-species world. I believe an insistence on a complementary re-grounding of abstraction in embodied, subjective experience has a lot to do with how we imagine a future of well-being, community, education and intelligence altogether. It might also help us think beyond the current industrial paradigm that continues to ravage and destroy complex life-systems and ecologies, and imagine different forms of collaborative living.
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