The Tate Triennial is opening in London this spring, put together this time by the French curator Nicolas Bourrioud who became renowned for conceiving the term 'relational aesthetics'. He has seized the exhibition as an opportunity to further explore his newest art historical concept: altermodernity.
Just as the conceptual art of the sixties and seventies, a young generation of artists is intensively focusing on the use of language in art. Unlike back then, this is not about the conversion of image into language, resulting in sober textual works. Artists like Falke Pisano, Mario Garcia Torres, Aurélien Froment and Josef Strau are taking a more analytical and documentary approach in their exploration of the relationship between language and image in order to create new perspectives.
A self-created stage and performance in Tate Modern, a complex historical installation and a film in Docking Station at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam: the work of Ulla von Brandenburg (Karlsruhe, 1974) is currently hot. The art of this Paris and Hamburg-based artist focuses on the meaning of gesture, on movement, arrest and repetition. It is theatrical to the core. A talk with the artist in her studio in Paris.