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Berlin Art Week 2023: Haus am Waldsee – Nina Beier & Bob Kil – All Fours: Life Guardians | 16.09.–17.09.2023

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Artists Nina Beier and Bob Kil have developed a collaborative approach to the performativity of objects, bodies and contexts, exploring their interconnectedness and mutual influence.

Fig. above: Nina Beier und Bob Kil, All Fours, 2022, Performanceansicht Pinacoteca Agnelli, Turin, 2022, Foto: Sebastiano Pellin di Persano

On 16 and 17 September, Haus am Waldsee presents the performance All Fours: Life Guardians with five majestic marble lions wrapped in home textiles such as bath mats, towels, rags and blankets. Standing in close formation, the lions are framed by a group of performers who bring the inanimate sculptures to life through a carefully choreographed sequence of slow, synchronised riding movements.

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Nina Beier und Bob Kil, All Fours, 2022, Performanceansicht Pinacoteca Agnelli, Turin, 2022, Foto: Sebastiano Pellin di Persano

While the creatures pay tribute to the afterlife of monuments and serve as testimony to humanity’s illusion of wanting to dominate the natural world, the series of minimal gestures represents the instinctive urge to interact with the insentient objects on display in public space, recontextualising a landscape of found actions and objects. Through this juxtaposition, All Fours: Life Guardians reveals the collective and accumulative logic behind the production of commodities and the symbolism they convey.

The sculptural part of All Fours: Life Guardians can currently be seen in the park of the house.

WHERE?

Haus am Waldsee
Argentinische Allee 30
14163 Berlin

WHEN?

Saturday, 16.09. – Sunday, 17.09.2023
Continuously from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. on the shore of Lake Waldsee

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