Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève – Cally Spooner He Wins Every Time, On Time and Under Budget + And You Were Wonderful, On Stage

Cally Spooner
Drag Drag Solo

03.02 — 18.03.18

Opening, February 2, 2018, at 6-9 p.m.
Performances: 2, 3 February & 16, 17, 18 March 2018

 

The Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève is delighted to host the largest solo show by Cally Spooner to date, sitting somewhere between a retrospective and a rehearsal. At a moment where reality can feel degraded, the exhibition probes how subjectivity and its bodies change whilst the technological condition shapes them, as well as how and where language itself may undergo damage.

Reflecting on the erosion of voice and language in neoliberal and technological milieus, Spooner’s absurdist scripts, fictions, films and events explore the choreography of invisible violence in the digital age. Her comedic and dystopian replays of the political, economic and media rhetoric of our time, carry a virulent critique of corporate performance and ‘chrono-normative history’ alike. Considering these as ‘corrosive’ to both life and utterance, she responds by presenting rehearsals and duration as a mode of resistance.

For DRAG DRAG SOLO, Spooner presents three distinct bodies of work on separate floors of the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève. One is complete and closed; one remains open; the last is in the future.

On the second floor is Spooner’s multi-person performance-to camera, And You Were Wonderful, On Stage (2013 – 2015); a work which has more in common with a live choreographic event than cinema. On the third floor, works created between 2016– 18, comprising objects, sound and live events create an ecosystem of fact and fiction, hinting at a ‘novel in progress’. Finally, off-site and in the Cinema Dynamo at Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève will be the earliest research stages of Spooner's yet-to-emerge performance company, OFFSHORE Finally, off-site and in the Cinema Dynamo at Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève will be the earliest research stages of Spooner's yet-to-emerge performance company, OFFSHORE In advance of its launch this spring in London, Spooner will create a series of workshops in collaboration with HEAD – Genève, Geneva University of Art and Design and the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Lyon.

DRAG DRAG SOLO as an entirety takes its title from a ten-minute silent film by Spooner, commissioned by the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève for their Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement in 2016. The film absorbs, and is affected by sounds in its proximity, which have thus far included Bruce Nauman’s film Violent Incident, live radio, an alarm clock, as well as sound works by Spooner herself.

This exhibition is made in partnership with the Swiss Institute, New York, where it will manifest in a new constellation in December 2018. Alongside, OFFSHORE IN NEW YORK will evolve, arriving as a radical school and office.

Cally Spooner’s recent solo exhibitions include The New Museum, New York and The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (in 2016), Vleeshal, Middleburg (2015). She is author of Collapsing In Parts (Mousse, 2013) and Scripts (Slimvolume, 2016).

 

SAVE THE DATE

Exhibition: 03.02 — 18.03.18

Opening, February 2, 2018, at 6-9 p.m.

Performances: 2, 3 February & 16, 17, 18 March 2018

 

 

 
Subventionné par la Ville de Genève