Documenta 13 showcases ACT faculty and alumni

Florian Hecker, Chimerization, 2012

ACT Professor Emerita Joan Jonas is one of the participants in Documenta 13. An international exhibition taking place every five years in the German city of Kassel, Documenta is one of the most prestigious group exhibitions in the Western world.

Housed in a white-painted cabin in the Karlsaue Park, Jonas’ installation Reanimation (In a Meadow) combines sound, text, video, and drawing. On September 13-15, 2012 Jonas will perform with Jason Moran their collaborative piece Reanimation. A jazz musician,  Moran was an MIT Visiting Artist during the Fall 2011.

ACT Lecturer Florian Hecker is also a participant in Documenta 13 with Chimerization, a variation on his work produced as MIT Artist in Residence during the Fall 2011. Hecker’s contribution for Documenta 13 takes the form of a sound installation in English, Farsi, and German. On September 10, 2012, Hecker will perform a multi-channel rendering of his piece. A two-channel version, and an accompanying publication can be downloaded from Documenta’s website.

The Visual Arts at MIT have a long history with the German exhibition. ACT Associate Professor Ute Meta Bauer was one of the curators working under Okwui Enwezor’s Artistic Directorship in 2002′s Documenta 11, which included work by ACT Faculty Renée Green, Gediminas Urbonas, and again, Joan Jonas.

Documenta 13 is also featuring Michael Rakowitz, and Jennifer Allora, alumni from MIT’s Visual Arts Program (VAP).  In 1977, MIT’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS) participated in Documenta 6 with Centerbeam. CAVS and VAP merged in 2009 to form the MIT Program in Art, Culture, and Technology (ACT).

If you happen to be in Germany this Summer, don’t forget to stop by Kassel!