In the lecture Alexandra Pirici will introduce her performative practice and speak about current research on the body as a site for the production of both economic value and poetic meaning.
The lecture will move from her earlier works, which used ‘embodiment’ to challenge and destabilize monumental constructions and fixed historical narratives, to her more recent interest in the capture, abstraction, materiality and elusiveness of movement and the living body, against the background of both older and newer industrial epochs, from industrial Taylorism to today’s data economies.
Pirici choreographs ongoing actions and performative environments that fuse dance, sculpture, spoken word and music. Her works reflect on monumentality or the history of specific places and institutions in order to deal playfully with and transform existing hierarchies; they reflect on the history and function of gestures in art and popular culture, or on question about issues related to the body, – its presence, or absence, or its image and the politics of capture. Her ongoing performative actions are part of private and public collections as live works.