Wednesday, May 12, 2010

tête-à-tête: in solitude

tête-à-tête: in solitude is a conversations project conceived by Selim Birsel and Ovul Durmusoglu exclusively for Akademie Schloss Solitude based on Selim Birsel's same titled chair piece. Ovul Durmusoglu invited volunteering Akademie Schloss Solitude residents to have an intimate talk on the chair at locations selected by them.

The interviewees were asked to start the conversation with their opinions regarding 'difference'. While
tête-à-tête travelled in and around Solitude, the conversations drifted along personal histories of why we make art, ideologies of architecture and urbanism, fundamentals of fashion, conception of cultural policies and politics of inclusion and exclusion among many things. Selim Birsel recorded the whole process in which his piece is transformed by catalyzing these talks spatially and mentally.
Selim Birsel (*1963 in Brussels/Belgium) studied visual arts in Ecole Beax-Arts Grenoble/France from 1985-1991 and in Institut des Hautes Etudes en Arts Plastique, Paris (IHEAP) 1990-1991. He lives, works as a visual artist and professor at Sabanci University in Istanbul / Turkey. During his stay at Solitude, Selim Birsel worked in collaboration with the curator, writer Ovul Durmusoglu on the Tête-à-tête: in Solitude project.


Exhibition opening: Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 8pm
The exhibition is on view from Wednesday, May 12, 2010 to Saturday, July 3, 2010

Hours: Tues-Thurs 10am-noon & 2–5:30pm, Fri 10am-noon & 2-4pm, Sat–Sun noon–5:30pm