Gego. Procedencia y Encuentro

Conference Program April 7 & 8 2022. Kunstmuseum Stuttgart
Mónica Amor (Maryland Institute College of Art), Noit Banai (Hong Kong Baptist University), Hannia Gómez (Fundación de la Memoria Urbana, Caracas), Hubert Klumpner (ETH Zurich), Pablo León de la Barra (Guggenheim Museum, New York), Sabine Mainberger (University of Bonn), Mari Carmen Ramírez (Museum of Fine Arts, Houston), Stefanie Reisinger (University of Stuttgart), Kerstin Thomas (University of Stuttgart)


1.30 pm Introduction (Ulrike Groos, Philip Kurz, Kerstin Thomas)
2.00 pm Stefanie Reisinger (University of Stuttgart): Gego in Stuttgart
3.00 pm Hannia Gómez (Fundación de la Memoria Urbana, Caracas): Gego in Caracas
4.00 – 4.45 pm Break
4.45 pm Mónica Amor (Maryland Institute College of Art): Public Intervals
5.45 pm Hubert Klumpner (ETH Zurich): Caracas is Everywhere
6.45 pm Remarks (Stefanie Reisinger)


10.45 am Opening remarks (Ulrike Groos)
11.00 am Kerstin Thomas (University of Stuttgart): Modernist Questions Towards Form in Stuttgart
12.00 am Noit Banai (Hong Kong Baptist University): Gego. Speaking Exile
1.00 – 2.30 pm Break
2.30 pm Sabine Mainberger (University of Bonn): Dancing Architecture
3.30 pm Performance: Sonia Sanoja, Cuerdas, simple medida (Coreogego), restage 2022
3.45 – 4.15 pm Break
4.15 pm Pablo León de la Barra (Guggenheim Museum, New York): Gego. Tropical Abstraction
5.15 pm Mari Carmen Ramírez (Museum of Fine Arts, Houston): Gego. Finally in Germany

6.15 pm Closing remarks (Stefanie Reisinger)

Times according to the German time zone (UTC+2)

Friday, April 8 at 2.30 pm

ABSTRACT | Dancing Architecture

In Venezuela Gego was in intense exchange with other artists. Her unusual sculptures stimulated poetry, book design, and dance. In 1978, the pioneer of contemporary dance Sonja Sanoja created the performance »Cuerdas, simple medida (Coreogego)«: a work that combines movement, music, language, and architecture. For Sanoja considered dancing constructing. Here, something sculptural and at the same time fluid emerges from her dancing movements. Sabine Mainberger’s lecture will take a closer look at the performance and give some insights into its making, structure, and poetics.

Sabine Mainberger is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Bonn, Germany. Her research fields are arts, aesthetics, and anthropology. In recent years, she published books and essays on concepts and functions of lines in Western culture, e.g. (as co-editor) a volume on the issue in philosophy, mathematics, cartography, anthropology, and art theory. Her latest monography focusses on lines, gestures, and books in the work of the francophone writer and artist Henri Michaux.