I was corrected “This is not a performance, it’s a piece of art.”, when I asked at Kiasma’s ticket desk, who are the persons in the performance. I was also told that the names of the persons are not relevant. Only the entity – art – is relevant.
Tino Sehgal (b. 1976) is a British–German artist, based in Berlin. He makes “constructed situations”. In Kiasma one of his works is called “Kiss”, which might put the spectator into very personal situation. You might find this performance chanting due to slow movement. You might feel uncomfortable due to continued closeness of the dancers. But isn’t that the role of art, make you react somehow.
This performance is part of Helsinki Festival, and can be seen in Kiasma until Sunday 27 September.
When I entered Kiasma, this couple – one of the many – has been performing this slowly moving sculptural dance for two and half hours on the floor of the entrance hall, and I don’t know how long they still continued. For them this is a real personal experience, more than for the visitors of the museum, I bet.
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A side note: In Kiasma taking photographs is allowed. The staff saw what I was doing. Nobody asked me to stop. I was not the only one taking photos. But in the interview in Helsingin Sanomat, Sehgal says that he has forbidden to take photos of his work. This was clearly not implemented – or the opinion had changed.