Artist: Gerard Byrne
Venue: PRAXES Center for Contemporary Art, Berlin
Exhibition Titles: Recent works, Older works, Early works, Around that time, Just before that
Date: August 31 – December 14, 2013
Note: A full documentation of the series of modular exhibitions is available here.
Full gallery of videos, images, press release and link available after the jump.
Gerard Byrne, excerpt from Subject, 2009. Three channel HD video, monitors, stands, headphones.
Gerard Byrne, excerpt from Hommes à femmes (Michel Debrane). 2004. Single channel video projection.
Gerard Byrne, excerpt from *ZAN – T185 r.1: (Interview) v.11, no.4 – v.2, no.6, 19 (1969 – Feb. 1972); (Andy Warhol’s (Interview) v.2, no. 21 – v.3, no.9, 2007. Single channel HD projection.
Gerard Byrne, excerpt from New Sexual Lifestyles, 2003. Three channel video, monitors, stands, headphones.
Gerard Byrne, excerpt from Untitled acting exercise (in the third person), 2008. Single channel HD video projection, custom projection shutter, Dolby 5.1 sound.
Videos and images courtesy of the artist and PRAXES, Berlin. Photos by Eva Lechner, Chris Phillips, and Elmar Vestner.
PRAXES Center for Contemporary Art is a not-for-profit venue for international contemporary art and research in Berlin. Situated in a two-story 200 m2 former community building, PRAXES presents half-year cycles of consecutive exhibition modules, papers, and live activities revolving around two unassociated artistic practices. For the inaugural exhibition cycle spanning Autumn 2013, PRAXES presented two parallel strings of exhibitions by GERARD BYRNE (Dublin/Copenhagen) and JUTTA KOETHER (Berlin/New York).
Gerard Byrne uses photographic, video, and live art to explore the ambiguities inherent in revisiting the legacies of cultural forms such as theater, photography, and magazines. Engaging ideas of episodic patterns and the temporality of reconfiguration—found throughout Byrne’s practice—the extended duration of display at PRAXES is announced in a timetable that loosely references, directs, and annotates the shifting works on show. Organized as a reverse chronological journey, the timetable soon reveals itself as a scripted gesture of staged surprise encounters and performed interpretations—as is often the case in Byrne’s transformation of historical sources. The cycle at PRAXES is the first extensive exhibition of Byrne’s work in Berlin.
Link: Gerard Byrne at PRAXES