In September 2018, Joëlle Tuerlinckx presents her first live commission, That’s It!, in the United States. For more than twenty years, the artist has been widely known for complex installations that combine film projections, video, drawings, collages, photographs, and materials from her personal archive. Out of the staging of these immersive settings, Tuerlinckx has more recently developed a body of work rooted in live choreography and sound, which furthers her interest in exploring the experiential boundaries of what it means to inhabit the museum.
Taking place over the course of one week and filmed in real time, That’s It! features different events each day, which respond to Dia’s collection and Dia:Beacon’s physical architecture. Tuerlinckx’s commission for Dia proposes a comprehensive “museum choreography”—an ambitious performance engaging multiple collaborators and live elements in several gallery and outdoor spaces at Dia:Beacon. Alongside a series of intimate events involving her core performers, Tuerlinckx has invited several groups from the Hudson Valley community—including firefighters, youth softball players, and a high school band—to enact a walking procession that traverses the galleries. The events are set to a live score, which is composed and performed on mobile platforms that move through the galleries. The project culminates in a feature-length film.
Joelle Tuerlinckx: That’s It is made possible by support from Dia’s Director’s Council: Fady Jameel, Leslie and Mac McQuown, Alice and Tom Tisch, and Sara and Evan Williams. Additional support is provided by Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso para el Arte, James Keith Brown and Eric Diefenbach, Galerie nächst St. Stephan, Galerie Nagel Draxler GbR, and David Schwartz Foundation, Inc.
Joëlle Tuerlinckx was born in Brussels in 1958. She lives and works in Brussels.