keeping a legacy alive
Inspired by the legacy of Hans and Sophie Taeuber-Arp; Frederique Pisuisse, Grant Moxom and Nora Hansen present the performance #keepingalegacyalive at Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck in Remagen. Celebrating the time based, performative and subversive legacy of Hans and Sophie Taeuber-Arp as key figures of the DADA movement; Pisuisse, Moxom and Hansen role-play the formal structures of a wedding as means of generating a dynamic dialogue with a posthumous artist.
Fusing verbatim text by key-figures managing the legacy of Hans and Sophie Taeuber-Arp with poetic work of Arp and Taeuber-Arp into wedding speeches performed throughout the museum, the social structures of a wedding are adapted to commemorate and celebrate the performative and reactive elements of the artists legacy. Interacting with the pieces on display, the performance animates and awakens the cast aside time based, performative and subversive work of the two artists.
Performance Documentation, Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Remagen 2018
Video: Taisiya Ivanova
#keepingalegacyalive (weddings speeches), 2018, Frederique Pisuisse, Grant Moxom and Nora Hansen, Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Remagen
#keepingalegacyalive is performed as part of the project “It takes time, it’s risky, it might last forever”, a cooperation between Elmar Hermann, performance and video artists Nora Hansen, Soya Arakawa and Anne Louise Hofmann and the curator Olga Vostretsova. Declareing a concrete base for Henry Moore’s plastic Goslar Warrior (1973/74) on the forecourt of the Arp Museum Rolandseck as a stage for a performance program, the durability of the neighbouring sculpture Bewegtes Tanzgeschmeide (1960/70) by Hans Arp is juxtaposed with the temporal limitation of the different contributions by Nora Hansen, Soya Arakawa and Anne Louise Hofmann. A video by the likewise invited artist Taisiya Ivanova continuously transfers this dialogue between the individual actors and the museum environment into the exhibition space.