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Majakovszkij 102., the open office of tranzit. hu

Alexandra Pirici & Manuel Pelmus: Enactment of „Disappearing Music for Face” by Mieko Shiomi

Alexandra Pirici and Manuel Pelmus use enactment as a strategy to actualize, but also to de-scale and de-monumentalize artworks and events related to art history. Their immaterial works had been presented at the most well-known contemporary art events and exhibition spaces, such as the Venice Biennale and Centre Pompidou. This time, in response to tranzit.hu's invitation, they propose a long duration enactment of Mieko Shiomi's fluxus action, Disappearing Music for Face. The very long “disappearing music for face” could enact, in a both sad and funny way, the effort we make in finding a reason to keep struggling.

Alexandra Pirici and Manuel Pelmus use enactment as a strategy to actualize, but also to de-scale and de-monumentalize artworks and events related to art history. Their immaterial works had been presented at the most well-known contemporary art events and exhibition spaces, such as the Venice Biennale and Centre Pompidou. This time, in response to tranzit.hu's invitation, they propose a long duration enactment of Mieko Shiomi's fluxus action, Disappearing Music for Face. The very long “disappearing music for face” could enact, in a both sad and funny way, the effort we make in finding a reason to keep struggling.

They use these art historical references as starting points to produce new immaterial works that feature performers wearing everyday clothes, using only their bodies and voices. In 2013, as invited artists of the Romanian Pavilion, they selected works from the Venice Biennale’s more than century-long history for An Immaterial Retrospective of the Venice Biennale, while the following year in Paris they presented Just Pompidou it. A Retrospective of Centre Pompidou. In response to tranzit.hu’s invitation, during the OFF-Biennále Budapest, the Bucharest-based artists propose a long duration enactment/quotation of Japanese artist Mieko Shiomi’s Fluxus action, Disappearing Music for Face.

In the work of Shiomi a smile slowly fades into a neutral facial expression. In cooperation with performers, Pirici and Pelmus will create a sculpture-like machine which reflects on the declared aims of the OFF-Biennále Budapest, too. At the same time, their on-going action is a comment – not only on the current situation in Hungary, where a nationalist isolationalism increases and art initiatives are subsumed under ideological control – but also on a larger, global context. As the performers struggle to keep finding a reason to smile, the very long “disappearing music for face” could enact, in a both sad and funny way, the effort we make in finding a reason to keep struggling.