Performance en registratie
Eye is teaming up with Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam for this edition of Eye on Art. The programme offers insight into the exhibition Francis Alÿs: Children’s Games, which runs at Eye until 8 March. The work of Alÿs (born in 1959 in Antwerp) focuses on simple performative actions in public space. The artist usually performs the actions himself, and records them in photographs, films and drawings.
Performances and their registeration also play an important role in the work of visual artists Carlos Amorales (b. 1970, Mexico City) and Gabriël Lester (b. 1972, Amsterdam), who frequently collaborated in the 1990s. What is the relationship between an artwork performed live and its recording? What do artists consider when they do not perform an action themselves but invite someone else? During this edition of Eye on Art, Amorales and Lester will discuss the work of Alÿs, their own practice, and other artists who are important to them.
The programme includes a screening of Alÿs”s short film Paradox of Praxis: Sometimes Making Something Leads to Nothing from 1997, in which the artist pushes a big block of ice through the bustling streets of Mexico City. Work by Amorales and Lester, as well as Buster Keaton, Joan Jonas, Bruce Nauman and Krõõt Juurak & Alex Bailey (Performance for Pets) will also feature. The evening is introduced by Marian Cousijn, associate programmer of Eye on Art.
This winter, Eye Filmmuseum is presenting a major exhibition of work by the Belgian-Mexican artist Francis Alÿs. Alÿs is primarily known for his playful videos that are both engaged and poetic. These imaginative and rich observations of daily life are set in sometimes politically-charged moments and places. A big spatial installation at Eye provides the setting for his impressive series Children’s Games.