How to lie on a table for hours and pretend you’re dead: Mona Hatoum’s ‘The Negotiating Table’ (Meeting Points 6, Brussels)

Of course it was a doll. Life-size. No way anybody could lie there motionless, enwrapped in plastic, in this heat, for hours. But as I looked more closely I noticed the wrapping was moving. Up and down. Very slowly. Yep: it was indeed a living being, on that table.
My one-off weekend award for outstanding performance has to go to the girl re-performing Mona Hatoum‘s The Negotiating Table (1983), for the opening of Meeting Points 6, a contemporary art festival from the Arab world, presented by Argos & KVS (Brussels; through December 18). It is curated by Okwui Enwezor, director of Haus der Kunst (München), artistic director of Documenta 11 and artistic director of La Triennale (Paris, 2012). MP6 was launched in Beirut and will take place across eight cities. It explores the logics and practices of civic imagination. Missed it? The Negotiating Table will be performed again during a special marathon on December 3, with performances at Argos and KVS. I wonder if it will be the same girl. Oh, and if you hear someone singing This is propaganda when you’re visiting the exhibition; yep: it’s by Tino Sehgal. Him again.

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One Response to “How to lie on a table for hours and pretend you’re dead: Mona Hatoum’s ‘The Negotiating Table’ (Meeting Points 6, Brussels)”

  1. […] Re-performance of Negotiating Table, 1983. 180′ live. Courtesy: the artist. Photo: Maya Wilsens. […]

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