Joëlle Tuerlinckx, THAT’S IT!, 2018. Dress rehearsal, Dia:Beacon, Beacon, New York, 2017. © Joëlle Tuerlinckx. Courtesy the artist.
Joëlle Tuerlinckx: THAT’S IT!
“THAT’S IT! is a performance, THAT’S IT! is a film, THAT’S IT! is a filmed performance. From on-to off-screen, walking to posing, pausing to moving, it is an encounter between actors and visitors, a confusion of roles, an inversion of subjectivities, something that happens between the gallery attendant and the work, between the work and the onlooker.” –Joëlle Tuerlinckx, 2018
From September 24 to 30, 2018, Joëlle Tuerlinckx (b. 1958, Brussels) will present her first live commission in the United States: THAT’S IT!. For more than twenty years, the artist has been widely known for her complex installations that combine materials from her personal archive, such as drawings, music, objects, photographs, and projections. Her site-specific practice often focuses on the interior architecture of museums and the variable situations that they present to the visitor. Out of the staging of these immersive settings, Tuerlinckx has more recently developed a body of work rooted in live choreography and sound, which furthers her interest in exploring the experiential boundaries of what it means to inhabit the museum.
Tuerlinckx’s commission for Dia proposes a comprehensive “museum choreography”—an ambitious performance engaging multiple collaborators and live elements in several gallery and outdoor spaces at Dia:Beacon. Taking place over the course of one week, THAT’S IT! will feature different events each day that respond to Dia’s collection and the architecture of Dia:Beacon. Tuerlinckx and her regular actors will perform different scenes each day that will take place in and around Dia:Beacon. She has also invited several groups from the Hudson Valley including firefighters, youth softball players, and a high school marching band to enact specific choreographies that traverse the galleries. The events will be set to a live score, and the entire performance will be filmed in real time, extending the encounter between artwork, museum, and spectator. Dia will present the resulting feature-length film, produced by Escautville, in the coming years.