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Illegal Kosmonavtika
Public Program - Tbilisi
Protest Aerobics

Saturday, June 24, 2017, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
The Institute of Space Structures
Saguramo, Georgia (outside of Tbilisi)

Group Bouillon presents Protest Aerobics, a synchronized group dance featuring movements common at protests.

Group Bouillon, Protest Aerobics, 2017, Performance
Group Bouillon's performance, Protest Aerobics is a second performance from their Social Aerobics trilogy. The first work, performed only by the group members titled Religious Aerobics, was shown in the Georgian Pavilion in Venice in 2013. Protest Aerobics starts with a 5-day workshop where the artists will teach volunteers to perform together at the opening of the exhibition Illegal Kosmonavtika.

As the group members explain: during the 5-day workshop with the volunteers, they will be introduced to movements that need to be seen, heard, and understood at protests. The movements are then systematized and repeated, resulting in a synchronized group dance.

Group Bouillon was founded in 2008 in Tbilisi, Georgia. The members of the group, Natalia Vatsadze, Teimuraz Kartlelishvili, Vladimir Lado Khartishvili, Konstantine Kitiashvili, Ekaterina Ketsbaia, and Zurab Kikvadze, create multimedia participatory artworks ranging from public art installations to performative actions. The group produces collaborative artworks based on the interplay of space, imagery, sexuality, and history, which have recently been explored in a series of apartment exhibitions as well as performances, actions, and artistic interventions into public spaces. Group Bouillon’s projects have been presented at Gallery "Y" in Minsk, Belorussia; the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art in Brisbane, Australia; Performatik 2015 in Brussels, Belgium; Iminneren der Stadt in Bremen, Germany; Art Prospect 2015 in St. Petersburg, Russia; Flying carpet in Stockholm, Sweden; and at The Jewish Museum in New York, USA.

apexart’s program supporters past and present include the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Buhl Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Spencer Brownstone, the Kenneth A. Cowin Foundation, Epstein Teicher Philanthropies, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., William Talbott Hillman Foundation/Affirmation Arts Fund, the Fifth Floor Foundation, the Consulate General of Israel in New York, The Puffin Foundation, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by LMCC, funds from NYSCA Electronic Media/Film in Partnership with Wave Farm: Media Arts Assistance Fund, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, as well as the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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