jörn schafaff &
ari benjamin meyers
ari benjamin meyers
Workshop / Performance
The Exhibition as RehearsalRehearsals usually take place before art becomes public. Closely linked to the performing arts, rehearsing is a practice of developing, showing, reflecting, and trying again elements that, at the end of the process, blend into a final work—a dance performance, for example, or a musical presentation. As long as the rehearsal lasts, however, things are still open for change. What, then, if we considered the exhibition in terms of rehearsal—a medium commonly defined by its static appeal? And what if the rehearsal process itself is put on public display? How does that potentially change the notions of performance and rehearsal? How would it affect our understanding of what exhibitions do, how they are processed, who is involved and in what way? Taking the HGB gallery as a testing ground, Ari Benjamin Meyers and Jörn Schafaff will rehearse some answers to these questions together with the audience. There will be talking and showing, and some singing, too.
Jörn Schafaff is an art scholar who preferably works in between disciplines. With a background in cultural studies, his research and teaching currently revolve around the exhibition as an artistic medium and cultural format of presentation—with a special focus on the interrelations between visual art and other artistic and non-artistic fields of practice. His publications as author and editor include Cultures of the Curatorial (2012), Assign & Arrange: Methodologies of Presentation in Art and Dance (2014) and Sowohl als auch Dazwischen: Erfahrungsräume der Kunst (2015). His recent monograph, Rirkrit Tiravanija: Set, Szenario, Situation (2018), is currently being translated into Thai and English. In early 2019, he collaborated with Ari Benjamin Meyers on the exhibition Tacet, working on the concept and making his debut as a performer in the show.