Acts of Voicing

An aesthetic and socio-political localization of the voice

This exhibition examined the politics and poetics of the voice in contemporary fine arts, dance, performance and theoretical discourse. It portrayed the interactions between the fine arts and performance and explored possibilities for redefining the stage and exhibition space. The project focused in particular on those areas in which the voice traditionally does not play an essential role, e.g. the “mute object” in the fine arts, the mute body in dance, and the silent written word in theoretical discourse.
The project held two workshops in Stuttgart and Hong Kong, where the exhibitions in Stuttgart and Seoul were prepared. The participants included the project’s curators, cultural studies scholars, fine artists, dancers and choreographers.
The exhibition at the Württembergischer Kunstverein was experimental in that the scenario changed every two weeks in several acts. The art association also created an “Open Space” – a model successfully tested in 2011 – available to members, students, visitors and partners for staging programmes, presentations and performances related to the exhibition’s topic, thereby providing a wider forum for debate.

Artistic directors: Iris Dressler, Hans D. Christ, Christine Peters
Artists: Nancy Adajania (IN), Daniel García Andújar (ES), Nathalie Boseul Shin (KR), Cosmin Costinas (RO/HK), Boris Charmatz (FR), Ranjit Hoskoté (IN), Sung Hwan Kim (KR/US), Manuel Pelmus (RO), David Riff (RU), Ingrid Wildi Merino (CL/CH)

Stuttgart, Württembergischer Kunstverein, 17 - 22 Feb. 2012
Hongkong, Para / Site Art Space, 7 - 12 Jul. 2012

Stuttgart, Württembergischer Kunstverein, 13 Oct. 2012 - 13 Jan. 2013
Seoul, Total Museum of Contemporary Art, 17 May - 28 Jul. 2013


Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart

Schlossplatz 2

70173 Stuttgart (external link, opens in a new window)