The transition from ‘solid’ to ‘liquid’ modernity is the shift from a world in which human beings were seeking to create a well-ordered world of stable structures to a world in which the very ideas of order and stability no longer have any purchase, a world in which change is the only permanence and uncertainty is the only certainty.
Sandro Masai saw a strong connection between the two works – Bauman’s book and Saunders’s exhibition. How do we see ourselves within this modern society described in Bauman’s book and Saunders’ exhibition? How do they connect together and how they connect us all together? Do we move differently when we become aware of what we are doing or what we are looking for? The performer sees Nina’s artworks as if they are physical interpretations of the concept of ‘liquid modernity’. Maybe they are. We are living in an era of uncertainty. Sandro says that only reading the book and looking at the exhibition is not enough to find answers, it is necessary to move in it and to be moved by it, to make it physical and bodily, to embody it consciously.
Photos: Niels Fabæk
Embodying the Concept of Liquid Modernity of Sigmunt Bauman through the artworks of Nina Saunders at KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art Aalborg
Four-day-durational performance art by Sandro Masai interpreting the worlds of the Polish sociologist Zygmunt Bauman and the artist Nina Saunders as a part of her exhibition “I Heard a Voice in the Midst of the Four Beasts” at Kunsten Museum of Modern Art Aalborg
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