Interview between curator Leonor Comin and artist Brent Birnbaum on "Ride (W/) the Wind", an exhibition and performance space installed in the "Aquarium" of Casino Luxembourg - Forum d'art contemporain (October – December 2013).
Straightaway, the works of Brent Birnbaum are surprising and really grab you: the spaces, which look like curiosity showcases, and the prestigious person that the artist himself is, are seductive. In his installations, he humorously collects and brings together kitsch objects, retro clothes, romance novels, film billboards, furniture, and more. For a few years, Birnbaum has integrated performance into his artistic work, which, as a whole, has asked questions about popular culture, mass consumption codes, and (American) society and its shortcomings. To break through the boundaries between works of art and the public, Birnbaum creates interactive installations where he encourages visitors to personally take part. He awaits their reactions, whether they be harsh, or quite simply, curious. In "Ride (W/) The Wind", the artist-performer guides the visitor, questionnaire in hand, through an "enjoyable, weird trip".
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