Simple Men Dance
Intervention & Casting

The dance casting Simple Men Dance was held on 3 September 2011 during the exhibition I can't stand the quiet! by Annja Krautgasser, at the Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum. The exhibition was held as part of the RLB Art Prize 2010.

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© Documentation, casting Simple Men Dance.
Photo: WEST.Fotostudio

The Simple Men Dance intervention was based on the dance scene in the film Simple Men (Hal Hartley, USA 1995), where, out of frustration and boredom, three of the film's protagonists dance together to the song Kool Thing by Sonic Youth in an empty fish restaurant on Long Island.

This dance scene is a direct allusion, in formal terms too, to the well-known dance scene from Bande à Part (engl. Band of Outsiders, Jean-Luc Godard, France 1964), which, for its part, made film history.

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© Exhibition view: I can't stand the quiet!, Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum,
Innsbruck, 2011. Photo: WEST.Fotostudio

The dance sequence from Simple Men was performed during the castings at the Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum (ArtBox) by amateur performers and dancers. Anybody who enjoyed dancing was welcome to participate.

The casting was adjudicated by a three-person jury (Stefan Bidner, Günther Dankl, Silvia Höller). The winning team, with the best overall performance, was invited to perform the dance at the opening of the exhibition I can't stand the quiet!.

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© Simple Men Dance Nr.9, 120 x 80 cm, 2011. Photo: WEST.Fotostudio

"With the sketch-like and yet painstaking reconstruction of the film set for an empty fish restaurant in an exhibition space, Krautgasser operates like an archaeologist, opening up the composite elements of the space to aesthetic experience. The display has its performance, and invites visitors to appropriate it." (Gabriele Mackert)

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© Video still: Simple Men (Hal Hartley, USA 1992)

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© Video still: Bande à part (Jean-Luc Godard, 1964)

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I can't stand the quiet! Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum, Innsbruck, 2011