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A kiss is just a kiss – unless it’s a work of art April 16, 2010

Posted by Greg Van Alstyne in : Exer5 (makeup): Experiencing AGO, Readings , add a comment

Below is an excerpt from Toronto Star re: one of the mosre remarkeable pieces of art at AGO, by the young artist Tino Seghal. We’ll look for it in the 4th or 5th floor Contemporary Galleries.


March 17, 2010

Murray Whyte

{{GA_Article.Images.Alttext$}}Ame Henderson (left) and Mairead Filgate are facilitating Tino Seghal’s “The Kiss” at the AGO.


One blustery afternoon last weekend, Ame Henderson and Mairead Filgate sat in the Art Gallery of Ontario, watching intently as an enraptured couple groped, fondled and caressed each other, their faces drawing close now and again to share a long, tender kiss.

They were among very few here who could bear to watch so closely. In the small side gallery where these throes of publicly displayed passion were taking place, small crowds gathered at the threshold, as if held back by an invisible rope.

“We saw a woman walk through with her 5-year-old, holding a coat in front of her face,” Henderson said. “It provokes a lot of confusion for people.”

What “it” is, exactly, can be a little mind-bending. The couple – one of seven, locked in embrace in rotating shifts from the moment the gallery opens to the time it closes, every day – is embodying Tino Sehgal’s aptly-named Kiss, a 2002 work of art donated to the AGO in 2008. Henderson performed the Sehgal piece here in 2006; she’s working as Sehgal’s overseer for this installation. Filgate is one of the 14 performing it until Aug. 1.

At the AGO, Sehgal’s work shares space, if not sensibility, with a handful of tell-tale pieces: Constantin Brancusi’s stone-carved The Kiss, from 1908, and a bronze casting of Auguste Rodin’s 1889 sculpture of the same name. If you watch long enough, you’ll see the couple ape the poses from both, among others, moving from one intimate entanglement to the next.

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Some at MoMA Show Forget ‘Look but Don’t Touch’ April 16, 2010

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A performer in Marina Abramovic show, MoMA, NY

A performer in "Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present" at the Museum of Modern Art. Suzanne DeChillo/The New York Times

Before our trip to AGO today I’m going to point to some interesting recent discussion on experiential dimensions in art museum setting. Here’s an excerpt from a NYTimes.com:


April 16, 2010

Some at MoMA Show Forget ‘Look but Don’t Touch’


A few Fridays ago, a young contemporary dancer named Will Rawls was working at his current production, the Marina Abramovic performance art retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art. Specifically, he was standing naked in a gallery entrance, facing a naked woman, as museumgoers passed through the narrow space between them. It was a re-enactment of “Imponderabilia,” a well-known piece originally performed by Ms. Abramovic and a partner in the 1970s.

Out of the corner of his eye, Mr. Rawls noticed an older man preparing to walk through.

“He proceeded to slide his hand onto my ribs and back and then touched my butt,” Mr. Rawls said. “As he was passing me he looked me in the eyes and said ‘You feel good, man.’ ”

“I just turned and looked at the security guard and said, ‘This man is touching me.’ Then I looked back at my partner and left it at that.”

When his shift was over, Mr. Rawls said, he learned from a security official that MoMA had revoked the man’s 30-year membership and barred him from returning to the museum. (The museum would not comment on specific incidents, but issued a statement saying that “any visitor who improperly touches or disturbs” a performer will be removed.) It turns out a crowded museum, like a crowded subway, is no excuse for an improper touch — a lesson that has been learned the hard way by some visitors to the retrospective, “The Artist Is Present.”


Reading: Creating Flowcharts February 4, 2010

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On MyCourses I have posted a handout I discussed in class — a PDF for you to download. It’s based on material by R.L. Harris and prepared for class by OCAD’s Martin Stevens. Follow the guidelines on page 1 to create your flowchart, and look at page 3 for examples. The other pages are less important. I tried to upload it here and hit a 400K file limit so please look on MyCourses.

Jane Fulton Suri, “The Experience Evolution” January 15, 2010

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Jane Fulton Suri is the brilliant leader of human factors research at IDEO. She lectured last year at OCAD. I’m uploading this great article: suri_theexperienceevolution.

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