Collective Exhibition for a Single Body
is a project initiated by
French curator Pierre Bal-Blanc in the context of documenta 14 in Athens.
The present book summarizes his research on how body, language and value
intersect. Bal Blanc extract gestures and body situations mostly from
conceptual artworks created in Eastern Europe in the 1970s and 80s. These
gestures, aiming at being interpreted and repeated, are assembled in a
score to be performed, pushing the boundaries between visual arts and choreography
The book documents how the score was performed in several public
, from the low-cost supermarket that has replaced the Generali
Foundation in its location in Vienna, to a social service office in
Leuven, Belgium (as part of the “Playground” festival). Collective
Exhibition for a Single Body
is also a template for a licence that
could frame how to value a score, a gesture, and its embodiment.
Works by Milan Adamčiak, Geta
, Anna Daučíková, Valie Export, Stano Filko, Tomislav
Gotovac, Sanja Iveković, Anna Jermolaewa, Július
, Jiří Kovanda
Ladik, Simon Leung, Karel Miler, Paul Neagu, Manuel Pelmuş, Petr Štembera,
Mladen Stilinović, Sven Stilinović, Slaven Tolj, Goran Trbuljak.
Published on the occasion of the
exhibition “Exposition collective pour un corps individuel – La
partition privée” at gb agency, Paris, from the October 12 to November
5, 2019, and the “Playground” Festival, Leuven, from November
14 to 17, 2019.
Pierre Bal-Blanc is a French art critic and curator.