Tino Sehgal


In Tino Sehgal’s new work, two parks in Graz become places of playful encounter.

Tino Sehgal describes his works as situations that are neither performances nor installations. Numerous “interpreters” infiltrate and interact with an audience, blurring the border between art and life, or public and private. Each of his works unfolds as a unique social event on location. In this way, Sehgal questions the economy of attention behind works of art and how they are defined by their institutional setting, especially when they become increasingly immaterial.

In more recent works, Sehgal has been venturing out of art institutions and into public space. For steirischer herbst, he and his collaborators take over two Graz parks from sunrise till sunset during the first four days of the festival. Forty unmarked dancers/actors mingle with park visitors. Like a swarm or flock, the participants gather and disperse. The artist prefers his work not to be documented, which is one more reason to come in person.

Tino Sehgal (1976, London, United Kingdom) is an artist who works in “constructed situations.” Using voice, reenactment, language, movement, dramaturgy, and interaction to shape visitors’ experiences, Sehgal’s pieces are regularly staged in museums or galleries and continuously executed by trained individuals he refers to as “interpreters.” His work has been the subject of several solo exhibitions, recently at the Odawara Art Foundation, Japan (2019); Officine Grandi Riparazioni, Turin (2018); V-A-C Foundation, Moscow, (2017); Fondation Beyeler, Riehen (2017); Jemaa el-Fna, Marrakesh (2016); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2016); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2015); Gropius Bau, Berlin (2015); Pinacoteca, São Paulo, and CCBB, Rio de Janeiro (2014); Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2013); Tate Modern, London (2012); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2010); and Kunsthaus Bregenz (2006), among others. He lives in Berlin.

9.9., 06:29–19:20
12.9., 06:32–19:14

Sunrise till sunset

Augartenbucht Augartenallee
8010 Graz
♿ Venue accessible for wheelchairs

10.9., 06:30–19:18
11.9., 06:31–19:16

Sunrise till sunset

Stadtpark (between the fountain and Passamtswiese)
8010 Graz
♿ Venue accessible for wheelchairs

Freely accessible
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Commissioned and produced by steirischer herbst ʼ21