Mathieu Copeland
3 Apr 2014

Teijin Auditorium, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
8 - 9:30 pm
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Mathieu Copeland, 2013.
Mathieu Copeland, 2013.

The Stedelijk is delighted to welcome independent curator and editor Mathieu Copeland to the museum for a keynote presentation about his recent publication, Choreographing Exhibitions. This anthology explores the complex relationships between dance and the visual arts. Copeland’s lecture inaugurates the performance and lecture series Stage It! (Part 3): SCRIPTED, which takes place at the Stedelijk in April and May 2014.

In 2008, Copeland curated A Choreographed Exhibition. Exclusively composed of “movements” written by eight artists - Jonah Bokaer, Philipp Egli, Karl Holmqvist, Jennifer Lacey, Roman Ondák, Michael Parsons, and Fia Backström & Michael Portnoy - and executed by three dancers over two months, the exhibition represented a landmark in the history of the relationship between performance, dance, and the visual arts. A Choreographed Exhibition raised a multitude of questions that have made their way into the book Choreographing Exhibitions. Both a manifest and an anthology, the book brings together more than thirty international visual artists, choreographers, musicians, filmmakers, theorists, and curators. A remarkable overview of the ties between choreography and exhibitions, it conducts a polyphony through five perspectives: score, space, time, the body, and memory – all of which examine the ontological relationships between, on the one hand, performance as live event, and, on the other hand, the documents, objects, and afterlives of performance, as well as the notions of the body, re-enactment, and performance as exhibition.

Copeland will present the basic premises of both the exhibition and the subsequent publication, followed by an informal Q&A with Hendrik Folkerts (curator, Stedelijk Museum), which will explore the book’s connection with the performance series Stage It! (Part 3): SCRIPTED.

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Independent curator and editor Mathieu Copeland cultivates a practice that seeks to subvert the traditional role of exhibitions and to renew our perceptions of them. Notably, he co-curated the exhibition Vides, Une Rétrospective at the Pompidou Centre in Paris and the Bern Kunsthalle, and organized many exhibitions, including Soundtrack for an Exhibition and Alan Vega at the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, A Choreographed Exhibition at the Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen and the Centre d’art contemporain de la Ferme du Buisson in Noisiel, and he initiated the series A Spoken Word Exhibition, An Exhibition to Hear Read, and the Reprises. He lectures at the HEAD – Geneva University of Art and Design, and teaches in numerous universities and art schools. In 2013, he curated retrospective exhibitions of Phill Niblock (Circuit & Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne) and Gustav Metzger (Musée d’Art Contemporain, Lyon). He is currently the guest curator for the Satellite program at the Jeu de Paume, Paris.