whatsherface #20: Suzie Léger - Apropos of Logic

January 6, 2018

 

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, applying its content to a soccer game, deconstructing 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 Logic is 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.

 

 

 

SUZIE LÉGER is an Austrian actress, musician and video artist living in NYC. She studied at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and The Juilliard School in NYC after graduating from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. She is the lead singer of the Brooklyn-based Performance Art Lazy Punk band ‘What Would Tilda Swinton Do’ and the co-founder of ‘Lafin C‘estmerde’, a Viennese cultural association aimed at transcending boundaries of art genres. She is a recipient of the  Ö1 Talent grant and a START-Scholarship of the Austrian government for emerging media artists. Her last video performance ‘Apropos Of Logic’ won the award for ‘Best Experimental Short’ at the Viennese Women Film Days. 

 

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