Collective Exhibition for a Single Body – The Private Score – The Licence
Pierre Bal-Blanc, 2020
Editors: Pierre Bal-Blanc
Texts by: Pierre Bal-Blanc
Graphic design: Vier5
Dimensions: 24.4 x 15.4 cm
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 spaces, 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.
Published on the occasion of the exhibition Exposition collective pour un corps individuel – La partition privée at gb agency, Paris, from October 12 until November 5, 2019, and the Playground Festival, Leuven, from November 14 - 17, 2019.