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Intermissions: Alexandra Pirici

ALEXANDRA PIRICI, ENCYCLOPEDIA OF RELATIONS AT THE 59TH VENICE BIENNALE, “THE MILK OF DREAMS”, 2022. PHOTO: EDUARD CONSTANTIN

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WED, DEC 13, 4-8 PM
THU, DEC 14, 4-8 PM
FRI, DEC 15, 4-8 PM
SAT, DEC 16, 1-5 PM
SUN, DEC 17, 1-5 PM


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The Renaissance Society

5811 S Ellis Ave, Chicago, IL 60637

Wednesday: 12:00 PM-6:00 PM
Thursday: 12:00 PM-7:00 PM
Friday: 12:00 PM-6:00 PM
Saturday-Sunday: 10:00 AM-6:00 PM

ver five days in December, as part of our Intermissions series, we are pleased to present Alexandra Pirici’s ‘Encyclopedia of Relations,’ in which six performers continuously reconfigure themselves into various forms and structures. Pirici’s performative actions unfold over longer durations of time, without a clear beginning or end, inviting you to linger or come back repeatedly.

Using movement, sound, and language, the performers gradually draw out a variety of interactions—among humans as well as other entities, such as plants, animals, and artificial intelligence. As Pirici notes, “Relations are fluid, made and remade, revealing how apparently distinct life-forms or elements are embedded in inseparable, larger forms of coexistence.”

‘Encyclopedia of Relations’ was originally realized for the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, “The Milk of Dreams,” 2022 as a Special Project supported by Audemars Piguet Contemporary.

CAST:
Céline Bellut
Matilda Bjärum
Jared Marks
Emily Ranford
Robert Schulz
Jennifer Tchiakpe

Curated by Karsten Lund

Venue

The Renaissance Society

Address

5811 S Ellis Ave, Chicago, IL 60637

Neighborhood

Hyde Park

Description

The Renaissance Society is at its core a space of possibility. For artists, we offer an unfettered platform for bold experimentation. Our work with artists frequently results in newly commissioned art, and these presentations in our gallery at the University of Chicago spur further scholarly and creative reflections in our publications and public programs. For visitors, we offer opportunities to engage deeply with art and artists who provide critical responses to our present moment. All exhibitions and events are free to attend.

Visitors to the Ren find a uniquely intimate platform for encountering artistic expressions that give form to, challenge, and complicate currents in contemporary thought. Events—including artist talks, lectures, screenings, concerts, readings, and more—offer further opportunities for discovery and discussion. We maintain robust archives, which can be accessed by all visitors, art historians, students, and other institutions by making an appointment.

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