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Part of the series BMW Tate Live: If Tate Modern was Musée de la danse?
As the French dancer and choreographer Boris Charmatz prepares to transform Tate Modern into Musée de la danse in May, this public event is an opportunity to celebrate and critically investigate the phenomenon of artists creating their own museums.
Join us for a panel discussion with practitioners, theorists and experts from different fields to explore the diverse motivations behind artists setting up their own real and fictitious museums across the globe. What are the possibilities and challenges that museums as artworks pose and what is their role in relation to established institutions of art and the wider social, cultural and political realms in which these operate?
Speakers include dancer and choreographer Boris Charmatz and photographer Dayanita Singh.
French dancer and choreographer Boris Charmatz was born in 1973 in Chambéry, Savoie. In 2009, Charmatz became director of the Centre chorégraphique national de Rennes et de Bretagne in northwestern France, which he promptly renamed Musée de la danse (the Dancing Museum). Charmatz’s idea was to articulate a concept of dance divested of notions of choreography, the institution and the national. Through this gesture, Charmatz emphasized the museum as a space not just for predetermined, scripted movement and exhibition, but as a living institution—replete with exuberance, surprise, affective response, and shifting forms and margins. He maintains an extensive international touring schedule, working on improvised pieces on a regular basis while also continuing his work as a performer with Tino Sehgal and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker.
Dayanita Singh is a bookmaker working with Photography. She was born in 1961 in New Delhi, India. She studied Visual Communication at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad and Documentary Photography at the International Center of Photography in New York. She has published twelve books: Zakir Hussain(1986), Myself, Mona Ahmed (2001), Privacy (2003), Chairs (2005), Go Away Closer (2007), Sent a Letter (2008) Blue Book (2009) Dream Villa (2010),Dayanita Singh (2010), House of Love (2011), File Room (2013), Museum of Chance (2014). In 2013 Singh was the subject of a landmark exhibition, Go Away Closer at The Hayward Gallery, London, which brought together 25 years of her work.
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