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Oskar Schlemmer | TANZ Bielefeld
miteinander gegenüber #5

In the series “mieinander gegenüber ” (“facing each other”) a work from the collection of Kunsthalle Bielefeld meets a selected external work. This encounter brings new, often surprising aspects and questions to light. This time Carla Bossoms i Barra and Noriko Nishidate, both dancers at TANZ Bielefeld, deal with Oskar Schlemmer’s “Wire Figure Homo with Back Figure on Hand” (1930/31; edition from 1968) in a specially developed, two-part performance. Throughout his life, Oskar Schlemmer (1888-1943) sought a new expression and a contemporary body-image language for man in an increasingly technological world – but especially during his affiliation with the Bauhaus in the 1920s and as director of the Bauhaus stage. Schlemmer’s central essay “Man and Art Figure” appeared in 1925. In the “art figure ” derived from man, the mechanical was to be combined with a new grace. Mathematics and metaphysics, construction and intuition, technical progress and cosmic timelessness were to unite in it. Schlemmer’s wall relief tells, among other things, about the creation of this “art figure”.

Part 1
14 + 15 07 22 with Noriko Nishidate

Part 2
22 + 23 09 22 with Carla Bossoms i Barra and Noriko Nishidate

In cooperation with TANZ Bielefeld.

The exhibition series is produced in cooperation with the German Research Foundation (DFG) funded Collaborative Research Center (SFB) 1288 “Practices of Comparing. Ordering and Changing the World” at Bielefeld University.