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The Seductiveness of the Interval


2009, softcover, 9 x 6.5 inches, 177 pp, 61 color, 15 b/w illus.
ISBN 978-91-977432-7-3
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  Ed.s Alina Serban & Mirela Duculescu

Essays by Mieke Bal, Alistair Ian Blyth, Roann Barris, Adina Bradeanu, Mirela Duculescu, Hanneke Grootenboer, Erika Fischer-Lichte, Catrin Lundqvist, Dan Lunga, Horia-Roman Patapievici, Alina Serban, Andrei State, Saviana Stanescu, Ovidiu Tichindeleanu, Katalin Timar, Adnan Yildiz, and conversation between Andrea Faciu and Angelika Nollert

The Seductiveness of the Interval, originally exhibited in the Romanian Pavilion of the 2009 Venice Bienalle, can, in the words of project curator and editor Alina Serban, "best be understood as an attempt to put onto the stage a play in five acts, represented by the works of artists Stefan Constantinescu, Andrea Faciu, and Ciprian Muresan. Their three artistic positions are conceptually united within a site-specific installation conceived by the studioBASAR architectural group as a theatre set.

This publication...represents a distinct chapter in The Seductiveness of the Interval project, and is a glossary of themes, sub-themes, and questions posed in debate by the three artists. Conceived as a reader and a detailed documentation of the works presented...the publication problematises aspects of the exhibition that relate to the condition of the spectator.... Essays by theorists of culture studies and scholars and curators in the field of art discuss the possibilities of the viewer negotiating his role in the exhibition narrative; theatricality as an intrinsic property of the perceptual dynamic; mise-en-scene as a cultural and artistic practice; and the ways in which the display of reenacted situations, events and occurrences within the exhibition site lead to an intimate absorption of the audience into a temporal and spatial interval with which they become eventually complicit."

First published in 2009 by the Romanian Cultural Institute in Stockholm in connection with the Venice Biennale. . Reprinted in 2010 in connection with the Renaissance Society's presentation of the exhibition.

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