Tino Sehgal (b. London, 1976) creates artworks out of the interactions and exchanges that constitute daily social life. Sehgal's exhibition at the UCCA will be his largest and most comprehensive in Asia to date, presenting works that span the continuum of his artistic practice—from the choreographic to the discursive.
With its game-like quality, Sehgal's work invites visitors into unfamiliar situations that shift the parameters of the traditional exhibition. The viewer's interaction with the piece becomes a central component of its meaning, with no two people having the same experience. Issuing from Sehgal's dramaturgical framing and relying only on movement, language, and social interaction, his artworks are entirely immaterial, divorced even from the convention that they be photographically or filmically documented.
Through these encounters, the Berlin-based artist asks the museum visitor to reflect upon their participation in the landscape of value and meaning that comprises their everyday. These questions take on a particular resonance in China, a nation that has only recently shifted from an economy of scarcity to one of affluence.
“Seghal’s work is categorized by many as performance art, self-described as “constructed situations” in which “interpreters” interact with each other, the environment, and the gallery-goers .”