Pauline Boudry&Renate Lorenz: (No) Time

Pauline Boudry&Renate Lorenz: (No) Time

In 2020 the international guest artists of the Jindřich Chalupecký Award were Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz, who work together in Berlin since 2007. In collaboration with Boudry and Lorenz we prepared a European premiere of their new work (No) Time, which is co-produced by the Jindřich Chalupecký Society, Mediacity Seoul, Frac Bretagne and CA2M Madrid.

Boudry and Lorenz produce installations that choreograph the tension between visibility and opacity. Their films capture performances in front of the camera, often starting with a song, a picture, a film or a score from the near past. They upset normative historical narratives and conventions of spectatorship, as figures and actions across time are staged, layered and re-imagined. Their performers are choreographers, artists and musicians, with whom they are having a long-term conversation about the conditions of performance, the violent history of visibility, the pathologization of bodies, but also about companionship, glamour and resistance.

In the 20-minute film (No) Time the artists question whether movements can simultaneously connect to utopian aspiration and political despair. At a moment when we are increasingly confronted with right-wing conservatism, it seems urgent to disrupt progressive conceptions of time and create a stage for something beyond: what will a minoritarian mode of temporality look like? Four performers seem to be rehearsing for a queer time: extreme slowness, being out of synch, changes of rhythms, stillness and breaks are working on escape routes, refusing the deadening beats of labor and the state-sponsored hopeless bars of being. The performers employ and often deliberately mix a range of dance elements inspired by hip-hop, dancehall, (post-)modern dance and drag performance. Even though they noticeably differ in their styles, they connect through sudden similarities, haunting movements, and body memories, producing and shifting their points of contact. While the film's end is also its beginning, the sequence of scenes offers an unpredictable experience of time, not least by raising doubt about how far slowness and ruptures are carried out by the performing bodies or by digital means.

Besides presenting this new work in a solo exhibition at PLATO Ostrava, we have prepared a collateral screening in collaboration with the partner institution n.b.k. Berlin. Curators Krisztina Hunya (n.b.k.) and Karina Kottová (JCHs) selected films and videos from the Video Forum collection, which features more that 1700 moving image works by international and German artists, and include related works by Czech artists that contextualize formal and thematic approaches of Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz, such as the relation of live performance and film or documentation, choreography of space and bodily experience, or politics of choreography. The screening will be presented at PLATO Ostrava during the Jury Weekend program.  

Pauline Boudry a Renate Lorenz are internationally established artists, who have presented their works in diverse notable contexts. In 2019 they have presented the project „Moving Backwards“ at the Swiss Pavillon during 58th Biennale di Venezia. Their most recent work, "Telepathic Improvisation" with performance by Marwa Arsanios, MPA, Ginger Brooks Takahashi and Werner Hirsch, premiered in 2017 at Participant, New York.  "Silent" with performance by Aérea Negrot, premiered at the Biennale of Moving Image in Geneva in November 2016. In 2015 "I Want" with performance by Sharon Hayes, was shown in their solo show at Kunsthalle Zürich and Nottingham Contemporary. Recent solo exhibitions have included "Telepathic Improvisation" at the Centre Culturel Suisse Paris (2018) and CAMH Houston (2017), "Portrait of an Eye" at Kunsthalle Zürich (2015)  "Loving, Repeating" at Kunsthalle Wien (2015) "Patriarchal Poetry" at Badischer Kunstverein (2013), "Aftershow" at CAPC Bordeaux (2013), "Toxic Play in Two Acts" at South London Gallery (2012), and "Contagieux! Rapports contre la normalité" at the Centre d´Art Contemporain Geneva (2011).  

The exhibition is kindly supported by the Ministry of Culture, Czech Republic, Pro Helvetia, Czech-GermanFuture Fund and IFA – Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen.