Rūta Junevičiūtė, Lilach Livne, Emmilou Rößling in collaboration with Goshka Macuga
WATER COOLER CHAT is a transitory time rocking back and forth, pondering on the preciousness of a passage, while gently cohabiting the host-universe of another artist.
Unfolding in tender gestures of female companionship, it is searching for an amplitude of casual intimacy. It penetrates iconography, sculpture and choreography, seeking to escape the world of categories towards the liminal and the accidental. Three women place themselves on the periphery of events, becoming the negative peak of the unspectacular, the uncanny and the slow. Dealing with the paralyzing state of being overwhelmed, WATER COOLER CHAT is a blob of different materials that are asking the viewers to create their own experience by zooming into single details and leaving out others.
The evening sets out as a response to an invitation by Goshka Macuga’s studio, allowing for different propositions to surface from a pool of mixed potentials and pre-existing artworks. It is always still in the making while at the same time trying to grasp the tail of the image that simultaneously precedes and follows.
Rūta Junevičiūtė is Lithuanian interdisciplinary artist and cultural agent based in Amsterdam, where she is currently studying choreography at the School for New Dance Development. Between 2011–2016 she has had a number of positions within Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius, having worked on projects such as solo exhibitions by Raimundas Malašauskas and Eglė Budvytytė and XI Baltic Triennal of International Art. She holds degrees in Art Theory and Fine Arts.
Lilach Livne is an artist focusing on the relationship between choreography, dance, philosophy & community. Since 2012 she is leading a movement against the "visible image“. Her works explore themes of gender, religion, perception and the abstraction as a political agenda– all with the aim of reaching the „non-image". Her work has been presented at the 20th Sydney Biennale and at CCA TLV amongst others. Recently her practice
book Prayer for the Abstract was published by Circadian Berlin. Lilach holds a BA in Philosophy and Gender Studies from the Tel-Aviv University, she studied choreography at SNDO Amsterdam and has been teaching at Impulstanz Festival, Vienna.
Goshka Macuga was born in Warsaw, Poland, and lives and works in London. Her solo exhibitions include „Now this, is this the end … the end of the beginning or the beginning of
the end?” at Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin (2016); „Goshka Macuga“, New Museum, New York (2016) “To the Son of Man Who Ate the Scroll” at Fondazione Prada, Milan (2016); “Public Address: Goshka
Macuga Tapestries” at Lunds konsthall, Lund, Sweden (2014); “Exhibit, A” at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2012); “Untitled” at the Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw (2011); “It
Broke from Within” at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN (2011); “The Nature of the Beast” at Whitechapel Gallery, London (2009); and “I am Become Death” at Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland
(2009). Macuga’s work was recently included in the 8th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art (2014); dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany, and Kabul, Afghanistan (2012); “Fare Mondi/Making Worlds,” at
the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009); and in the 5th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art (2008). Goshka Macuga was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2008.