Artist talk: Omer Krieger

  • Public Movement, "Also Thus", 2007-2009, video. Courtesy: Public Movement / David Schmitt
    1/1 | Public Movement, "Also Thus", 2007-2009, video. Courtesy: Public Movement / David Schmitt
Ural branch of NCCA, Yekaterinburg, Dobrolyubova str, 19a
22.10.2014 - 19:00
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Omer Krieger is an artist based in Tel-Aviv. Krieger produces actions, social situations and media events in public space. He is the curator of Under the Mountain: Festival for new public art in Jerusalem, and co-founder of the research and action group Public Movement.

Under the Mountain is a contemporary platform for live art and politics in public space. Under the Mountain presents performances, architectural expressions and common assets by artists, citizens and public officials. It operates in public institutions and sites of national, civic and religious significance in Jerusalem, with the aim of placing art and artists in the very centre of the public enterprise. Under the Mountain is what happens when citizens and the state are present together on one stage.  

Public Movement is a performative research body that investigates and stages political actions in public spaces. The movement explores the political and aesthetic possibilities residing in a group of people acting together. It studies and creates public choreographies, forms of social order, overt and covert rituals. Among Public Movement's actions in the past and in the future: manifestations of presence, fictional acts of hatred, new folk dances, synchronized procedures of movement, spectacles, marches, inventing and reenacting moments in the life of individuals, communities, social institutions, peoples, states, and of humanity. The group was founded in 2006 by Omer Krieger and Dana Yahalomi and led by the two until 2011. Currently it is led by Yahalomi. 

Public Movement has taken responsibility for the following actions: Accident (2006), Ceremony (2007), The Israel Museum (2007), Also Thus! (Acco, 2007), Rally (Rabin Square, 2007), Operation Free Holon, Change of Guard (With Dani Karavan, Tel-Aviv Museum of Art), Public Movement House (MoBY, Bat-Yam Museum of Art), The 86th Anniversary of the assassination of president Gabriel Narutowicz by the painter Eligiusz Niewiadomski (National Gallery of Art Zacheta, Warsaw), Spring in Warsaw (2009), Performing Politics for Germany (2010), University Exercise (Heidelberg, 2010), Exercise in Citizenship (Tel-Aviv University, 2010) and The Reenactment of the Mount Herzl Terrorist Attack (Upcoming).

In his talk in Yekaterinburg Krieger will speak about the concept of new public art, which is central for Under The Mountain festival and proposes a variety of ways of communication between artists, state and citizens using artistic practices and methods. He will also discuss the changing role of the artist related to the dialogue between art and politics and new curatorial and artistic approach to public space, both in theory and practice. The issue of knowledge production using means of art and artistic will also be raised and discussed since the festival has a very strong educational aspect and aims at discussing what public art today is with international curators, artists and thinkers.    
Address: Yekaterinburg, Dobrolyubova, 19а, opening hours: Tue-Sun, 12.00-20.00, Monday closed, tel: (343) 385 86 35

Project organizers:
Creative Association of Curators TOK
in partnership with the Israeli Center for Digital Art
Project partner:
Ural branch of the National Center for Contemporary Art 
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