Gagosian is presenting PLAY, conceived by Urs Fischer with choreography by Madeline Hollander.
At the intersection of sculpture, behavior, and choreography, PLAY is an arena of chance encounters where visitors are invited to interact with nine office chairs that seem to have lives of their own.
Play, a ritual older than humankind, has set rules that distinguish it from reality, but it has no clear aim or value other than itself. Instead, it is merely a feedback loop, a push/pull of energy, bound by time and place. Accordingly, the chairs seem to behave in such ways as to belie some level of predictability—only to then debunk the illusion.
The more the viewer seeks to control the chairs, the clearer it becomes that they are not pawns or pets but participants. By attempting to understand the choreography, we actually create it, enacting the very patterns that we wish to decode.
Urs Fischer was born in Zurich in 1973 and lives and works in New York.
Madeline Hollander is a New York–based artist and choreographer who works with performance and video to explore how human movement and body language negotiate their limits within everyday systems of technology, intellectual property law, and pop culture.
PLAY with choreography by Madeline Hollander
Exhibition Dates: September 6–October 13, 2018
Opening reception: Thursday, September 6, 6–8pm
522 West 21st Street,
New York, New York