The Jerusalem Show VI

 

Ciprian Muresan 

Untitled

Video, 2012, 45 min. HD video, blueray disk

Two theatre directors stage two different performances on the same stage, at the same time. The directors choose the play they will stage; each director and group of actors are unaware of what the other group is playing until they get on stage. They are each constrained to carry on with their play until the end, although they might meet some difficult challenges on the way. Muresan is interested in generating a new text through this forced overlap while also creating moments of chaos or harmony that dissolve the limits, the boundaries of the acclaimed works. The interferences, obstacles, overlaps, and narrative confusion structure the resulting work, which is recorded live by Muresan and displayed as a video.

Ciprian Muresan lives and works in Cluj, Romania. Working with a variety of media—drawing, video, objects, photography, and books—he explores, salvages, and recontextualizes historical, social, and cultural (literary and artistic) references in order to unveil the complexity of everyday life and the conditions of viewing history. Since 2005, Muresan has been the editor of IDEA. Art + Societymagazine, published in Cluj-Napoca. Solo exhibitions include Recycled Playground, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva, 2012, and Ciprian Mureşan, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, 2010. Group exhibitions include The Beauty and the Distance, 17th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, 2010; The Generational: Younger Than Jesus, New Museum, New York, 2009; and The Seductiveness of the Interval, Romanian Pavilion, 2009 Venice Biennale.

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