Marina Abramovic
Victor Alimpiev
Laura Belem
Candice Breitz
Rä di Martino
Nathalie Djurberg
Kota Ezawa
Harun Farocki
Charlotte Ginsborg
Philippe Grammaticopoulos
Cao Guimaràes
Frank Hesse
Alfredo Jaar
Jesper Just
Clare Langan
Zhenchen Liu
Domenico Mangano
Jenny Marketou
Bjoern Melhus
Almagul Menlibayeva
Sarah Morris
Guy Ben Ner
Julia Oschatz
Isabel Rocamora
Marinella Senatore
Eve Sussman +
The Rufus Corporation

Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung
Gillian Wearing
Arnold von Wedemeyer
Clemens von Wedemeyer +
Maya Schweizer

Suara Welitoff
Sislej Xhafa


worlds on video - international video art
curated by Anita Beckers
19th September 2008 – 2nd November 2008
Home l Programme l Education l Information l Italian
Nationality Russia
Title Sweet Nightingale
Year 2005
Length 6’36’’, loop
Technical data Single Channel Video Mini DV, sound
Courtesy Günter Beckers, Darmstadt

The video Sweet Nightingale expresses the tension between small private gestures and their collective repetition. A man slowly runs his hand through his hair to the strains of Mahler’s fifth symphony. We then see rows of people in a hall repeating the same gesture as the man and a series of other actions that are interpreted in social communication as signs of insecurity. Their movements seem to follow some secret choreography underpinned by the rhythm of the music and background noises. The artist leaves the background of the scene in darkness so as to focus the viewer’s attention on the individual gestures. The tension is released only when the crowd – once again with no warning – begin to throw the bags of rubbish they are holding into the middle of the room in a new act of protest.

Victor Alimpiev’s video brings elements from different disciplines – painting, drama, dance and music – together in the moving image. The focal point of his work is man, seldom appearing as an individual and nearly always in a group or crowd as a malleable “mass”. The characters thus become living sculptures in space. The movement of the mass takes place through the repetition of monotonous gestures, apparently familiar as regards function but detached from their context and subordinated to the dramaturgy of the moving image. The artist explores the possibilities of the theatrical mise en scène and the performative character of our everyday actions. While the early works addressed the body in space, Alimpiev focuses in more recent videos like Wie heisst dieser Platz? (2006) and My Breath (2007) on the deliberate inclusion of song and words. Equally meticulous stage sets thus present linguistic objects detached from the sense of everyday communication – like Alimpiev’s body in space – that condense to form new semantic spaces.

Victor Alimpiev (Moscow, 1973) has held solo shows at the Ekaterina Cultural Foundation in Moscow, P.S. 1 in New York, Studio La Città in Verona and the Centre Pompidou. His works are included in the collections of major international institutions such as the Fondazione Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, the Fondazione Trussardi, the Tate Modern, the Centre Pompidou, the Ekaterina Cultural Foundation and the MuHka Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow. Victor Alimpiev lives and works in Moscow.