my shapes, your words, their grey

€ 16 / € 13 (-25/65+)

Standing / no seats
Meet the artist after the performance on 11/05
The exhibition is accessible during the day on 10 > 13/05 - 11:00 > 18:00

What is the meaning of a language that only you control? Philipp Gehmacher has been wrestling with this question since his earliest choreographic work. His obsessive search for universal communication takes shape within a quirkily constructed artistic vocabulary in which language, movement, and visual art all form a part. With my shapes, your words, their grey, in the context of WIELS, Gehmacher claims a place for the ‘grey space’ (grauraum). It’s not so much limited by the white space of the visual arts and the black box of the performing arts but is actually liberated from these. Grey, not as a symbol of neutrality, but as an inviting haven for expansion and new relationships. Through movement, words, thoughts, and encounters, Gehmacher carefully detaches his artwork from its primary materiality. Things and people penetrate one another sensitively, thereby forming a new, positive constellation in which, unexpectedly, everything means more. All-embracing and liberating.

Concept, space, objects, performance
Philipp Gehmacher

Assistance space & objects
Susanne Griem, Stephanie Rauch

Gérald Kurdian

Stephanie Leonhardt

Kunstenfestivaldesarts, WIELS

Mumbling Fish

Tanzquartier Wien

Supported by
Kulturabteilung der Stadt Wien

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Philipp Gehmacher (°1975) grew up in Salzburg and Vienna. After ten years in London he returned to Vienna in 2003. The choreographic works in the absenceHoles and Bodiesembroydergood enoughmountains are mountainsincubatordas überkreuzen beyder hände and like there’s no tomorrow have been initiated by Philipp Gehmacher since 1999 in collaboration with, amongst others, the perfomers David Subal, Clara Cornil, Rémy Héritier, the composer Pedro Gomez-Egana and the pianist Alexander Lonquich, the theorists Peter Stamer and Myriam van Imschoot. In 2007 Gehmacher started working together with Meg Stuart. The result was the performance MAYBE FOREVER, which in 2010 was combined with work by Vladimir Miller in the performance installation the fault lines. In 2008 Philipp Gehmacher curated the series STILL MOVING, within which he introduced the lecture-performance format walk+talk. In 2009 and 2010 Philipp Gehmacher and Vladimir Miller collaborated on the video installations dead reckoning and at arm’s length. In 2013 the work my shapes, your words, their grey appeared, being shown for the first time in two different locations simultaneously: as exhibition in Gehmacher’s studio “grauraum”, and as performance in Halle G at Tanzquartier Wien. By invitation of theatres, festivals and museums, site-specific formats were developed for my shapes, your words, their grey, often including new objects and video works. In January 2018, at the reopening of Tanzquartier Wien, the Concert Talk to me of Mendocino together with the pianist Marino Formenti premiered at Kunsthalle Wien. In April, Gehmacher’s new production It is a balancing act to live without your attention will premiere at Halle G, Tanzquartier Wien.

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