Video performance and Soccer opera
VIDEO 5'33'' HD 1920x1080
In a soccer stadium in Vienna, 13 female artists perform Franz Kaltenbeck’s art manifesto ‘The criteria of the avant-garde’ as an opera piece. This iconic text, written in 1977, lays out the principles of the avant-garde movement, which it emblematizes. The performers make the manifesto their own, and applying its content to a soccer game, deconstruct its meaning. Through rhythmic and melodic transformations, the text acquires new implications—it becomes an avant-garde artwork on its own. In essence, Apropos Of Logicis a playful and provocative meditation on language and its systems of enunciation: it demystifies academic writing and makes it accessible to all by turning it into a cathartic performance.
Apropos Of Logic is the third installment of a trilogy, wherein Suzie Léger has transposed Kaltenbeck’s manifesto into three songs of different genres. The first installment comes in the form of a pop song, while the second is a tribute to Hip Hop rap. By placing the text into a new context with each installment, Léger challenges conceptions of art, including the avant-garde itself, and renders them timeless.