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Joëlle Tuerlinckx: THAT’S IT!

September 24–30, 2018, Dia Beacon


THAT’S IT! is a performance, THAT’S IT! is a film, THAT’S IT! is a filmed performance. From on-to off-screen, walking to posing, pausing to moving, it is an encounter between actors and visitors, a confusion of roles, an inversion of subjectivities, something that happens between the gallery attendant and the work, between the work and the onlooker.” —Joëlle Tuerlinckx, 2018

From September 24 to 30, 2018, Joëlle Tuerlinckx (b. 1958, Brussels) presents her first live commission in the United States: THAT’S IT!. For more than twenty years, the artist has been widely known for her complex installations that combine materials from her personal archive, such as drawings, music, objects, photographs, and projections. Her site-specific practice often focuses on the interior architecture of museums and the variable situations that they present to the visitor. 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.

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. Taking place over the course of one week, THAT’S IT! features different events each day that respond to Dia’s collection and the architecture of Dia:Beacon. Tuerlinckx and her regular actors perform different scenes each day that take place in and around Dia:Beacon. She has also invited several groups from the Hudson Valley including firefighters, youth softball players, and a high school marching band to enact specific choreographies that traverse the galleries. The events are set to a live score composed and performed by Christoph Fink and Valentijn Goethals, and the entire performance is filmed in real time, extending the encounter between artwork, museum, and spectator. Dia will present the resulting feature-length film, produced by Escautville, in the coming years.

Joëlle 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, Liliane Salama, and David Schwartz Foundation, Inc. 

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Please note that visitors to Dia:Beacon may be photographed, videotaped, or otherwise recorded. By attending Joëlle Tuerlinckx’s THAT'S IT!, you grant the artist the permission to use photographs and/or audiovisual recordings in which you appear for her own artwork.

Monday, September 24
11 am–6 pm

Tuesday, September 25
1:30–4 pm (closed museum day; reservations required here)

Wednesday, September 26
1:30–4 pm (closed museum day; reservations required here)

Thursday, September 27
11 am–6 pm

Friday, September 28
11 am–6 pm

Saturday, September 29
11 am–5 pm

Sunday, September 30
11 am–6 pm

On Sunday, September 30, between 12:30–2:30 pm, the performers will be offsite taking part in the “Spirit of Beacon" parade taking place on Main Street, Beacon.

Performances will take place at Dia:Beacon from 11 am–12 pm, and 2:30–6 pm.


Joëlle Tuerlinckx (b. 1958, Brussels) has exhibited and shown internationally, most recently with a solo exhibition at Centre international d’art et du paysage, Vassivière, and LLS Paleis, Antwerp, in 2018. Tuerlinckx was the subject of a traveling three-part retrospective presented at Arnolfini in Bristol (2013), Haus der Kunst in Munich (2013), and Wiels Contemporary Art Centre in Brussels (2012). She has also exhibited at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2009), Musée d’art modern et contemporain, Geneva (2007), Drawing Center, New York (2006), Power Plant, Toronto (2005), Ausstellungshalle Münster (2005), Renaissance Society, Chicago (2003), South London Gallery (2002), Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht (2001), Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent (1999), and Witte de With, Rotterdam (1994). Tuerlinckx’s first performance work, «THAT’S IT!» (+3 FREE minutes) (2014), was presented at Tate Modern in London (2014), before it traveled to Het Veem Theater in Amsterdam, Playground Festival in Leuven, Belgium, and Kaaitheater in Brussels. She lives and works in Brussels.

Christoph Fink (b. 1963, Ghent, Belgium) is an artist and a composer. His interest in movement, space, and sound has made him a long-time collaborator of Tuerlinckx. In collaboration with Valentijn Goethals, Fink created the live soundtrack for «THAT’S IT!» (+3 FREE minutes). His work has been exhibited at the biennials of Istanbul, São Paulo, and Venice, and has also been featured in solo presentations at Manifesta 4 in Frankfurt, Witte de With in Rotterdam, and the Drawing Center in New York.

Raimon Gaffier (b. 1990, Salles-La-Source, France) is a cameraman, cinematographer, and filmmaker. His recent projects include Hollow Hours (2017, dir. Camille Picquot), NO’I (2016, dir. Aline Magrez), Les incapables (2016, dir. Roxanne Gaucherand), and Penia (2015, dir. Aline Magrez), all of which toured in festivals and earned awards. In collaboration with Alice Lenay, Nina Moro, and Jacopo Rasmi, he devised the collective video installation FACE SURFACE (2017) at the Musée de Grenoble.

Valentijn Goethals (b. 1987, Torhout, Belgium) holds an MFA from the LUCA School of Arts in Ghent and a MA from the Werkplaats Typografie of the ArtEZ University of the Arts in Arnhem. Both an artist and a musician, Goethals utilizes different media—radio, obsolete sound equipment, book design—as well as architectural space. He is a founding member of 019, an artist-run workspace and exhibition space in Ghent and is the artistic director of Kunsthal Ghent.

Estelle Labes (b. 1990, Paris) is an artist and a sign-language interpreter. Having studied at the École de recherche graphique in Brussels, her work incorporates installation, performance, and cross-media resources in order to investigate narrative experiences. She has collaborated with Tuerlinckx since 2014.

Lutèce Mauger (b. 1993, Montpellier) trained as a graphic designer at the École de recherche graphique in Brussels and as a dancer in Paris. Her mastery of text and language has proven beneficial in her collaboration with Tuerlinckx and has led her to participate in the artist’s recent performance-symposium Me/We (2018) at the University of Hasselt, Belgium. 

Rémi Rupprecht (b. 1993, Brussels) is an emerging contemporary artist. A graduate of the LUCA School of Arts in Ghent and the École de recherche graphique in Brussels, his interests reside in the exploration of the body and movement. His exhibition Nekuia (2017) in a private garden in Brussels further established his practice through his concern with Greek mythology and cosmology.

Juliette Thomas (b. 1983, Brussels), a graduate of political sciences at Université libre de Bruxelles in Brussels, is an essayist filmmaker, a musician, a performer, and a longstanding collaborator of Tuerlinckx. In 2010 she interpreted John Cage’s Atlas Eclipticalis (1961–62) as part of Tuerlinckx’s project with the B’Rock Orchestra at deSingel, Antwerp. Since 2014 she has played a major role in the conceptual and theoretical formulation of THAT’S IT!.

Jivan van der Ende (b. 1993, Alphen aan den Rijn, Netherlands) currently studies at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent. As an artist and a costume designer, she explores variations in color and shape. She joined THAT’S IT! in 2018 and collaborated with Tuerlinckx on the performance-symposium Me/We at the University of Hasselt in Belgium the same year.


Joëlle Tuerlinckx

Joëlle Tuerlinckx was born in Brussels in 1958. She lives and works in Brussels.


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