Tino Sehgal constructs immersive experiences where social interactions, surprises and dialogues are explored. He refuses to document his practice and the only traces that remain are visitors’ individual memories.
The atrium of the Albertinum, in Dresden, Germany, welcomes the Berlin-based artist for a series of poetic situations and performances, however conceived as one work. Sehgal uses the vast and neo-Baroque space as a public forum to create a vibrant settings for unrestricted exchanges between members of the public.
The artist proposes a new interpretation to the work Those Associations, which he developed in 2012 for Tate Modern. From 5 July to 14 August, up to 40 actors will occupy the atrium of the Albertinum, filling the space with choreographed movements ranging from groups to individual isolation, and performing songs or engaging in conversations. Sehgal’s actors are from Dresden and were cast because of their direct connection to the city, their personal stories and experiences.
In an unpredictable interplay between the actors and visitors, there are moments of utterly spontaneous intimate interaction. All that remains is These Associations: the relationship and memories that might form between the actors, the visitors, the place and the stories.
In 2005, Tino Sehgal staged a work at the German Pavilion of the Venice Biennale alongside works by Thomas Scheibitz; in 2012 he appeared at dOCUMENTA (13). In 2013 he was awarded the Golden Lion for Best Artist for his second Biennale piece.