Expanded Performance: Adrien TirtiauxMain page Expanded Performance: click here
Sunday 16 December 2012, 3 pm
Finissage Expanded Performance with a.o. guided tour by Adrien Tirtiaux
Location: Hogewal 1-9, The Hague
Tuesday 18 December 2012, 8 pm
Lecture Adrien Tirtiaux: 'Things design themselves'
Location: Royal Academy of Art, Prinsessegracht 4, The Hague.
RSVP not necessary.
Originally trained as an architect, Adrien Tirtiaux takes a special interest in buildings, spaces and their use, which is often visible in his works and interventions. His projects connect the experience of specific spaces to narratives and/or socio-political issues. Tirtiaux frequently incorporates the viewer in his works by expecting from them, or even demanding in a way, that they adjust their behaviour in order to really see and experience his works: a ‘performative' challenge for visitors and personnel alike.
All of the above is also the case for the project The Great Cut which Tirtiaux developed for Expanded Performance. This project does not only deal with the exhibition space of Stroom, but with the whole institution and the people working there. The Great Cut is a reaction to the Dutch government cuts in culture, a very present topic in Holland at the moment. The work spatially visualizes the political decisions that have been taken in The Hague concerning culture budgets, through a physical structure that obstructs progressively 20% of Stroom's space.
The structure starts in the heart of the organization - the lunchroom and kitchen where the staff meet, talk and have lunch - and from there on, will progress through Stroom and the exhibition space until mid-December. At each step of its development, The Great Cut‘s shape will be defined in dialog with Stroom's employees, trying to find a consensus between practical, ideological and aesthetical wishes.
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Website Adrien Tirtiaux
Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna
Review 'Cowboys in der Salzwüste: Adrien Tirtiaux bei Martin Janda, Vienna', artnet, 2010
Review 'Adrien Tirtiaux & Hannes Zebedin', Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, 2011
Hotel Charleroi, Belgium, 2010-ongoing
"The questions that form the basis of Adrien Tirtiaux's, spatial interventions possess a common denominator: the experience that various forms of people's movement or behavior inside rooms show a tendency to be transformed into commonality - as if there were an instruction manual explaining how to use them. This point of view allows us to not only forget the optional usage of spaces, but defines them as manifest pre-settings. His interventions provide optional instructions that alter the appearance of the space according to each social and cultural situation, and thus evoke new spaces of action. And if a spatial image appears as something that is impossible, there is perhaps a hidden or forgotten variable lurking just behind it - a space within the space."