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Body Display

Victor Alimpiev & Marian Zhunin, Ode, 2003 • Photo courtesy of  Secession Web Site •  •  • 
Victor Alimpiev & Marian Zhunin, Ode, 2003
Photo courtesy of Secession Web Site
Body Display
VIENNA  •  Secession  •  Ongoing
The Body Display exhibition is the fourth station in a five-part series of exhibitions entitled Performative Installation. This series is an initiative of Siemens Arts Program in cooperation with Galerie im Taxispalais in Innsbruck, Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Museum of Contemporary Art Siegen, Secession, Vienna and the Gallery for Contemporary Art Leipzig. All of the stations deal with a common theme, but each examines it from a particular point of view: construction & situation, narrative, communication, body & economy, and architecture.

The theme of Body Display is the human body in the economic context. The concept of "display" alludes to the spatial mode of presentation, i.e. the stage-like frame within the confines of which the body acts and is exposed to view. At the same time, the notion of "display" also refers to the body per se, which functions as a display for various roles and identities. To correspond with the exhibition's thematic orientation, the main space of the Secession will be hung with a temporary lower ceiling which will serve as the plane of an imaginary stage. This intervention simultaneously transforms the room into a black box, i.e. a space for live actions and projected images.

In a video entitled Ode (2003), Victor Alimpiev (*1973, lives in Moscow) and Marian Zhunin (*1968, lives in Moscow) stage a choreography for apparently synchronized uniformed bodies. Without any recognizable narrative context, these persons move in a collective which seems to simultaneously imprison and protect them, thereby calling into question the relationship between the masses and the individual.

Secession Web Site

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