Yet Untitled

Auckland Art Gallery Auditorium, Auckland

01/10/2022 - 13/11/2022

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Tino Sehgal

Yet untitled is a powerful work in movement and sound from internationally renowned contemporary artist Tino Sehgal.

Considered as one of the most highly regarded contemporary and live artists of his generation, Tino Sehgal’s artistic practice has been shaped by his formative studies in dance and economics. It consists of live interactions between participants enacting the work and the visitorship, which he refers to as ‘constructed situations.’

Based on Sehgal’s choreography and compositions, Yet untitled is presented by two to three dancers and singers live in our atrium every day for six weeks. As Tino Sehgal’s work is not recorded, the only way to view the work is to see it in person. This ensures his art is observed in real-time and lives in the memories of those present. The display also celebrates the first acquisition of a live work for the Gallery’s collection.

As part of the exhibition, Tino Sehgal has also curated a selection of sculpture from the Gallery’s collection, which complements and sets the scene for live encounters with the work within the Gallery. 

Yet untitled was first presented in the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013, where Sehgal received the Golden Lion award for best artist. It was acquired by Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki for its collection in 2020 with support from Auckland Contemporary Art Trust.

Yet untitled is proudly presented in association with Dame Jenny Gibbs and Auckland Contemporary Art Trust.

Free. North Atrium Sat 1 Oct 2022 — Sun 13 Nov 2022

Participating dancers: Bijou Akel, Josie Archer, Linus Conland Ingram, Joshua Faleatua, Rana Hamida, Naoe Hashimoto, Celia Hext, Amber Liberté, Molly Mason, Helena May, Adam Naughton, Chris Scherer, Zoe White.

Contemporary dance , Dance , Performance Art , Performance installation , Site-specific/site-sympathetic ,

5 hours

A Living Art Work

Review by Brian Jones 28th Oct 2022

Auckland Art Gallery, Toi o Tāmaki, acquisition of Yet Untitled, a living artwork by internationally renowned contemporary artist Tino Sehgal, which received the Golden Lion award in 2013, is a unique opportunity for visitors to the gallery to experience art in a physical, interactive environment.

The artist, Tino Sehgal, born in London, currently living and working in Berlin, is known for his experimental live art works which have been presented around the world. His formative studies in dance and economics have been influential in his work. Interactions between participants interpreting the work and those viewing the work create constructed situations through movement and sound.

Entering the building ones first connection to the work is through the echo of sound reverberating down into the foyer from the gallery above. Upon climbing the stairs, the viewer encounters a selection of sculptures framing the three interpreters creating the vocal soundscape. The work takes place low to the ground, moving slowly, in an often meditative manner. An accompanying soundscape is created by the interpreters vocalising in various ways, which includes beatboxing. Primal, sometimes melodic, at other times more rhythmic.

How the viewer interprets the work will vary depending on how they interact with the piece. Whether they move around the space or choose to sit, or stand still to observe. As a viewer another layer can be added by also observing the movements of the people passing through or around the work. There are the differences in movement to, from the more direct obvious movements to the more subtle movements that organically happen through the interpreters creating sound.

Yet Untitled is an interesting work of physical art, as opposed to a performance. Each viewer will take something different from the piece depending on how they view it, either walking by with a sideways glance, stopping to observe for a while, or watching from various vantage points in the gallery.


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