Tino Sehgal Raises Socrates from the Dead
The ever-elusive Tino Sehgal has launched his first major outdoor exhibition. The location is certainly thought-provoking: the Roman Agora in Athens, where the philosopher Socrates questioned market-goers about the meaning of life, the Guardian reports.
Sehgal’s new piece features actors-turned-philosophers, who will try to engage visitors in existential conversations, much like Socrates used to do 25 centuries ago. Sehgal’s performers, however, will also make use of choreography and songs to lure the spectators into participation.
The Agora piece follows on from a series of participatory installations (which Sehgal refers to as “constructed situations”) that have brought international fame to the Berlin-based artist.
In 2012, Sehgal enchanted visitors to Tate Modern in London with his piece These Associations. The museum’s Turbine Hall was filled with performers dressed as regular gallery-goers, confusing visitors as to whether the interactions experienced had been staged or not.
Earlier that year, visitors to Documenta 13 in Kassel had to fumble in a large dark room as performers brushed against them, as part of his piece This Variation. The performers also engaged in collective bouts of singing and dancing, only half seen by the audience in the dark.
Sehgal’s Agora exhibition will run until the 25th of October, with daily performances taking place from 8:00 to 20:00. Unsuspecting visitors to the iconic ancient Greek ruins will surely not be left indifferent.
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