TENT. Centre for visual arts. Rotterdam
2nd / 12th June 2005
Adieu was the second proposal to be shown at TENT. within the framework of Second Circle. It was an installation around four personages who had abandoned art practice at a certain point of their careers and because of different reasons. However, Arthur Rimbaud, Jean-Jacques Lebel, and Seth Siegelaub all shared a commonality in their reasons for abandoning. For them art was a medium to achieve certain aims, not a goal in itself. Therefore, once it had proven not to lead to the desired results, they stopped their art careers, but continued their activities in other fields. To the eyes of general public, however, their decision seemed to be a refusal. What Adieu stressed, thus, was the fact that the end of something only means the beginning of something else. The case of the fourth personage represented in the exhibition (by a number of self-portraits) is different, because David Maroto has not stopped his art practice yet. However, this circumstance is contemplated as a necessary step at a future point, according to his own statement, which you can read in the short text Four Circles.
Complementing the exhibition of Adieu, there was a special room where the game Disillusion was available to be played. In addition, I invited the singer Meri Nikula to perform in the space of the installation. Departing from the ideas behind this proposal, she composed a vocal performance with live and recorded sound, called A place behind the sun, which would be repeated weeks later in the second version of Adieu in the spaces of W139 (Amsterdam).
Steps in Motion (2005) 1′ 32” sound, colour