SYNCH 03: An Imaginary Audience

Opening: Friday, December 02, 2022, 7pm

  • 7 pm: Introduction by Misal Adnan Yıldız, Director: Who is an Imaginary Audience?
  • 7.30 pm: Lecture by Johanna Sentef, Curatorial Trainee: -ISTORY
  • ca. 8.30 pm: Tour with the design collective Matter of: Footnotes by the Graphic Designer

The archive presentation An Imaginary Audience, part of the exhibition series SYNCH, is based on a comprehensive research for investigating the exhibition history of Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden through performance art.

This endeavor includes performativity as an artistic tool and the transition of the audience from a receiver into a user, performer, and participant in the digital age. Observing the organization of everyday life in Baden-Baden, its maps of social relationships, rituals, and ceremonies, we are inspired to ask: how do a public institution and her publics in a distinctively ‘performative’ city such as Baden-Baden, remember performance art and performativity?

Specific pieces that are revisited from the exhibition history ask what stays with us after the physical bodies of the exhibitions are dismantled, how do they survive in our memories, in what forms and archives.

SYNCH is a series of exhibitions conceived for mediating conversations between diverse creative ideas, specific collections, and forms of collectives. The aim is to uncover the hidden connections of works from contrasting contexts and to reach a synchronization by reflecting on common referents and shared historic narratives.

Through its recourse on art history and the history of performance this edition of SYNCH is conceptionally connected to Jimmy Robert’s major solo exhibition entitled All dressed up and nowhere to go which is on view until January 15, 2023.