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Contemporary Arts Center
Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center
for Contemporary Art
44 E. 6th Street,
Cincinnati, OH 45202

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CAC Presents Buildering: Misbehaving the City

International Group Exhibition Includes Site-Specific Performances

February 28 - August 18, 2014

CINCINNATI, OH (Updated February 27, 2014) The Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) in Cincinnati, Ohio-one of the nation's oldest contemporary art institutions, celebrating its 75th anniversary year in 2014 -opens the exhibition Buildering: Misbehaving the City on February 28, 2014. Curated by CAC Curator Steven Matijcio, "Buildering," he explains, "is a term coined for the unsanctioned use of architecture - fusing the words "building" and "bouldering" to describe a rapidly growing movement that reformulates how we live the city. Beyond acrobatics, vandalism and occupation, this practice becomes a metaphor for the creative misuse of built structure - denying the assigned/intended function of urban structures to re-open the possibility of alternatives. If we believe the premise that ideologies are implanted through the public's navigation of the city plan, then actions associated with buildering break the hypnosis of ritual and cultivate new freedoms - both physical and psychological.

"In the CAC's 75th anniversary year," Matijcio explains, "we want to peer into the future by re-imagining our history. The Buildering project provides a special opportunity to perform the CAC building and the city of Cincinnati - incorporating them as active collaborators and partners in perception. The city is seen as a given, fading from view through sheer familiarity, but the artists in this exhibition approach this subject with genuine curiosity, endearment and enthusiasm - imagining new possibilities in something we navigate every day.

Buildering will explore this phenomenon from a global perspective, gathering both established and emerging artists from around the world. The artists include Ivan Argote (Colombia/France), Bestue-Vives (Spain), Etienne Boulanger (France), Egle Budvytyte (Lithuania), Michel de Broin (Canada), Didier Faustino (France/Portugal), Shaun Gladwell (Australia), Wiebke Grösch & Frank Metzger (Germany), Alex Hartley (UK), Iman Issa (Egypt), Antal Lakner (Hungary), , Los Carpinteros (Cuba), Alison Moffett (USA/UK), Adam Putnam (USA), Pia Rönicke (Denmark), Monika Sosnowska (Poland), Sebastian Stumpf (Germany), Kamila Szejnoch (Poland), Lee Walton (USA), Carey Young (UK) and Hector Zamora (Mexico/Brazil). Collectively they will generate a playful, mischievous and lively show with strong socio-cultural underpinning.

Buildering will also lay the foundation for the creative misuse of the CAC: positioning it as an active collaborator, and a stage to re-envision the building in a variety of ways. In combination with interventions inside and outside the galleries, and a summer of public programs throughout the city, this project will turn Cincinnati into an urban playground.

Performance provocateurs include Knifeandfork (USA), Allard van Hoorn (Netherlands), Willi Dorner Company (Austria), and this city's "Cincinnati Movement."


Ivan Argote, Colombia/France

Bestue-Vives, Spain

Etienne Boulanger, France

Egle Budvytyte, Lithuania

Michel de Broin, Canada

Didier Faustino, France/Portugal

Shaun Gladwell, Australia

Wiebke Grösch & Frank Metzger, Germany

Alex Hartley, UK

Iman Issa, Egypt

Antal Lakner, Hungary

Los Carpinteros, Cuba

Alison Moffett, USA/UK

Adam Putnam, USA

Pia Rönicke, Denmark

Monika Sosnowska, Poland

Sebastian Stumpf, Germany

Kamila Szejnoch, Poland

Lee Walton, USA

Carey Young, UK

Hector Zamora, Mexico/Brazil

A special thanks to Sue and Bill Friedlander, James A. Miller, JennieRosenthal Berliant and Allan Berliant, Carolyn and Steven Bloomfield,Jim and Linda Miller, Rosemary and Mark Schlacter, Turnbull-Wahlert Construction; ArtsWave Corporate Partner: The Cincinnati Insurance Companies


Knifeandfork, USA

Opening Celebration,

Arrangement for Building

The CAC has commissioned Knifeandfork, an art collaborative led by Brian House and Sue Huang, to create a site-specific performance/intervention for the opening of the Buildering exhibition on February 28th, 2014 at the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art.

Arrangement for Building

consists of a traditional musical piece performed within the museum by a small chamber orchestra composed of musicians from the College-Conservatory of Music. Rather than playing as a single unit, the musicians are distributed throughout the building: playing not only on the distinctive zig-zag staircases and in the gallery spaces that open from floor to floor, but also in the administrative offices, the maintenance rooms, and forgotten corners of this unique structure designed by Zaha Hadid. The audience, while prevented from hearing the orchestra as a whole, is invited to roam, encountering intersections of sound as they traverse the space. They experience both the architecture and the musical piece in new ways through the physicality of walking through the building. Knifeandfork have been collaborating for 10 years and have produced work for the Museum Of Contemporary Art and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions in Los Angeles, Kulturhuset in Sweden, the Beall Center for Art and Technology in Irvine, Rhizome at the New Museum in New York, and the streets of Berlin.

Allard Van Hoorn
, Netherlands
May 3 & 5, times TBA

Allard Van Hoorn will collaborate with Cincinnati-based dancers to create the next two iterations of his

Urban Songlines

project, which turns physical sites into uncanny instruments. In May, will perform Zaha Hadid's urban carpet in the CAC lobby while Van Hoorn collects the sounds the building makes in response to the movement. The second act features the same or slightly altered movement to the score that has just been created moments earlier. The first performance will feature MamLuft & Company and the second performance will feature dancers selected by choreographer Heather Britt. Allard van Hoorn is a sound, installation and performance artist collaborating across the disciplines of architecture, design, music, dance and theatre. He creates visual, acoustic and spatial scripts and scenarios that investigate our relationship to public space.

Van Hoorn has been shown at institutions and events including Istanbul Biennale, ISCP Open Studios November 2014, Art Rotterdam 2014 as Focus Artist, Biennale for Urbanism and Architecture 2013 in Shenzhen, Centro Centro, Madrid, MaCRO, Rosario, Rosenthal Contemporary Arts Center, de Appel arts centre, Storefront for Art and Architecture, Hear it! at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Gwangju Design Biennale, Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, Gasworks in London, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Shanghai, the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia, Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, The Moore Space in Miami, Museo de la Ciudad de México, the German Architectural Centre (DAZ) in Berlin, the Zendai Museum of Modern Art in Shanghai and CCCB in Barcelona.

020 Urban Songline by Allard van Hoorn is made possible with generous support from the Mondriaan Fund and as part of the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York.

Willi Dorner Company, Austria

June 15, times TBA

Austrian choreographer Willi Dorner will work with Cincinnati area dancers to present

Bodies in Urban Spaces in downtown Cincinnati for two performances. Bodies in Urban Spaces

is a moving trail of site-specific interventions, choreographed for a group of dancers. The performers lead the audience through selected parts of public and semi-public spaces. A chain of physical interventions set up very quickly and only existing temporarily, allowing the viewer to perceive the same space or place in a new and different way. As soon as it is assembled and perceived, the dancers and audience are on the run to a new space. Vienna/Austria based Cie. Willi Dorner was founded by Willi Dorner in 1999. Besides his international touring dance performances Willi Dorner is keen on creating events that give the audience the opportunity for new experiences, insights and a different perception of everyday life. His interdisciplinary works are developed in cooperation with artists and scientists of different fields. His work was co-produced by festivals and venues like Tanzquartier Wien, ImpulsTanz, Wiener Festwochen, Wien Modern, Musica Strasbourg, NottDance UK and presented at international venues such as springdance NL, Kampnagel Hamburg, Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, Festival Paris Quartier d'été, Dansenshus Stockholm, Madrid En Danza, Dance Umbrella London, Tanz in Berlin and others.

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