«Extra Bodies – The Use of the ‹Other Body› in Contemporary Art»

 

«Extra Bodies – The Use of the ‹Other Body› in Contemporary Art», Exhibition view, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, photo: Lorenzo Pusterla

The exhibition sheds light on a phenomenon in art that first rises to prominence in the 1990s and then explodes in the early years of the new millennium: the artistic practice of resorting to and deploying ‘extra bodies’. Artists select these ‘other bodies’ because of their specific social or biosocial role—which is why they may also be characterized as extras. All works on view share a basic ‘performative’ or ‘theatrical’ quality. Strikingly, the viewer is neither drawn into the action nor invited to participate. Unlike many artistic productions discussed under the rubric of relational aesthetics, these pieces do not demand his active engagement. Taking up both exhibition floors at the museum, the extensive group exhibition featuring numerous works from the collection scrutinizes the various modes in which extras with their social and biosocial roles are presented, and function, in art.

Visitors' guide

List of works

Vanessa Beecroft: VB35 Performance, 1998

Vanessa Beecroft

VB35 Performance, 1998
unknown
Vibracolor print
122.5 x 176 cm

Guy Ben-Ner: Escape Artists

Guy Ben-Ner

Escape Artists
2016
Single-channel video projection (color, sound)
38 min.

Oscar Bony: The Working Class Family

Oscar Bony

The Working Class Family
1968/1999
B/w photograph
197 x 179 cm

Christoph Büchel: No Future

Christoph Büchel

No Future
2008
Single-channel video projection (color, sound)
4:54 min.

Clegg & Guttmann: The Art Consultants

Clegg & Guttmann

The Art Consultants
1986/2015
Lambda print mounted on Perspex and aluminium, MDF support frame
190 x 278 cm

Maria Eichhorn:  輸入禁制品 / Prohibited Imports

Maria Eichhorn

輸入禁制品 / Prohibited Imports
2003
Wall-mounted vitrine (wood, glass), books, magazines
47.5 x 76.5 x 38 cm

Jens Haaning: Antonio

Jens Haaning

Antonio
2000
Lightjet print on photographic paper
68 x 47.5 cm

Jens Haaning: Aurangzeab

Jens Haaning

Aurangzeab
2000
Lightjet print on photographic paper
68 x 47.5 cm

Jens Haaning: Deniz

Jens Haaning

Deniz
2000
Lightjet print on photographic paper
68 x 47.5 cm

Jens Haaning: Ecevit

Jens Haaning

Ecevit
2000
Lightjet print on photographic paper
68 x 47.5 cm

Jens Haaning: Faysal

Jens Haaning

Faysal
2000
Lightjet print on photographic paper
68 x 47.5 cm

Jens Haaning: Hakan

Jens Haaning

Hakan
2000
Lightjet print on photographic paper
68 x 47.5 cm

Jens Haaning: Murat

Jens Haaning

Murat
2000
Lightjet print on photographic paper
68 x 47.5 cm

Jens Haaning: Radovan

Jens Haaning

Radovan
2000
Lightjet print on photographic paper
68 x 47.5 cm

Jens Haaning: Sambas

Jens Haaning

Sambas
2000
Lightjet print on photographic paper
68 x 47.5 cm

Jens Haaning: Shabeer

Jens Haaning

Shabeer
2000
Lightjet print on photographic paper
68 x 47.5 cm

Jens Haaning: Ömer

Jens Haaning

Ömer
2000
Lightjet print on photographic paper
68 x 47.5 cm

Yves Klein: Anthropométrie de l'époque bleue

Yves Klein

Anthropométrie de l'époque bleue
unknown
Single-channel video on monitor (b/w, no sound)
2:26 min.

L.A. Raeven: Test Room

L.A. Raeven

Test Room
2000
3-channel video on monitor (color, sound), documents
120 min.

Teresa Margolles: Mesa y dos bancos

Teresa Margolles

Mesa y dos bancos
2013
Made from a mixture of cement and material taken from the ground, on which there lay the body of a person murdered at the northern Mexican border.
Table: 85 x 80 x 200 cm; benches: each 50 x 45 x 140 cm

Yoshua Okón: Freedom Fries: Still Life

Yoshua Okón

Freedom Fries: Still Life
2014
Single-channel video on monitor (color, sound)
3:42 min.

Yuri Pattison: Outsourced Views, Visual Economies

Yuri Pattison

Outsourced Views, Visual Economies
2013 - 2014
Single-channel video on flatscreen (HD, color, sound)
24:42 min.

Christoph Schlingensief: Untitled (Hasenverwesung; Drosophilia Melanogaster; Holländer 2C. Ausweitung der Dunkelphase; Fremdverstümmelung)

Christoph Schlingensief

Untitled (Hasenverwesung; Drosophilia Melanogaster; Holländer 2C. Ausweitung der Dunkelphase; Fremdverstümmelung)
2007
4-channel video projection (b/w, sound)
7:7 min.; 5:22 min., 9:20 min., 30:00 min.

Santiago Sierra: Object measuring 600 x 57 x 52 cm constructed to be held horizontally to a wall

Santiago Sierra

Studio Jonas Staal and Democratic Self-Administration: New World Summit - Rojava

Studio Jonas Staal and Democratic Self-Administration

New World Summit - Rojava
2015 - 2018
Architectural model, single-channel video projection (color, sound), single-channel video on monitor (color, sound), adhesive PVC foil, Blueback wallpapers, acrylic on paper
Dimensions variable

Edwin Sánchez: Clases de Cuchillo (Knife Lessons)

Edwin Sánchez

Clases de Cuchillo (Knife Lessons)
2008
Single-channel video (color, sound)
7:50 min.

Ai Weiwei: Fairytale

Ai Weiwei

Fairytale
2007
Single-channel video on monitor (color, sound)
152 min.

Ai Weiwei: Fairytale  – 1001 Chairs

Ai Weiwei

Fairytale – 1001 Chairs
2007
Wooden chairs from the Qing dynasty [1644-1911]
30 of 1001 parts: Dimensions variable

Ai Weiwei: Fairytale People

Ai Weiwei

Fairytale People
2007
C-print
16 of 1001 parts: each 100 x 100 cm

Stephen Willats: A Difficult Boy in a Concrete Block

Stephen Willats

A Difficult Boy in a Concrete Block
1983
B/w photographs, photographic dye, Letraset text, ink, acrylic, felt pen, objects on card; emulsion, 13 concrete blocks
ca. 290 x 500 x 17 cm

Carey Young: Obsidian Contract

Carey Young

Obsidian Contract
2010
Vinyl text, black mirror
Mirror: 69.9 x 54.6 cm; vinyl text: 24.8 x 19.1 cm

Gino de Dominicis: (Foto ricordo) Seconda soluzione di immortalità (l'universo è immobile), 1972

Gino de Dominicis

Artur Żmijewski: Glimpse

Artur Żmijewski

Glimpse
2017
Single-channel video projection (16mm film transferred to video, b/w, no sound)
14:5 min.

Artur Żmijewski: The Making Of

Artur Żmijewski

The Making Of
2013
Single-channel video on monitor or projection (color, sound)
11:45 min.

Artur Żmijewski: The Singing Lesson II

Artur Żmijewski

The Singing Lesson II
2002
Single-channel video on monitor (color, sound)
16:30 min.

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