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Theaster Gates (1973, Chicago)

12 Ballads for Huguenot House

Theaster’s team at the Huguenot House in Kassel

Il BLOG ( http://12balladsforhuguenothouse.tumblr.com/ ) dove seguire tutto ciò che accade nella Huguenot House: concerti, spaghettate, reading, lezioni di yoga, dormite ecc. L’artefice è l’artista americano Theaster Gates, che ha invitato amici musicisti, artisti e designer a ristrutturare/vivificare questo vecchio edificio nel centro di Kassel. Mentre mi aggiravo sui tre piani dell’edificio, tre ragazzi avevano appeno finito di pranzare (sono passata praticamente tra il fornello e una credenza), un uomo stava tagliando del legno in mezzo ad una nuvola di polvere e una ragzzino si stava dondolando su un divano-altalena. Tra una camera e l’altra – tutte arredate con mobili e oggetti costruiti in loco – delle proiezioni video delle performance avvenute e qualche avviso su ciò che accadrà per tutta la durata di dOCUMENTA 13.

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The BLOG (http://12balladsforhuguenothouse.tumblr.com/) where you can keep up with everything that happens in the Huguenot House; concerts, spaghetti nights, reading, yoga, sleeping etc… The creator is the American artist Theaster Gates, who has invited fellow musicians, artists and designers to renovate / revive this old building in the center of Kassel. While I was wandering around, on the three floors of the building, three guys had just finished their lunch (practically I passed between the stove and a cupboard), a man was cutting wood amidst cloud of dust and a young boy was swinging on a sofa-swing. From one room to the other – all the furniture and the objects were built on site – there were video projections of performances that took place and some ideas on what will happen during dOCUMENTA 13.

The Black Monks of Mississippi performances during the opening week of Documenta13