I visited the ‘Besser Scheitern' (Fail better) exhibition at Kunsthalle Hamburg last weekend. The curator Dr. Brigitte Kölle did a fantastic job bringing together pieces by Marina Abramović, Vito Acconci, Bas Jan Ader, Francis Alÿs, John Baldessari, Guy Ben-Ner, Tacita Dean, Rineke Dijkstra, Tracey Emin, Jeanne Faust, Fischli & Weiss, Ceal Floyer, Annika Kahrs, Steve McQueen, Bruce Nauman, Christoph Schlingensief, Gillian Wearing.
I was especially inspired by the work of Mexico City-based artist Francis Alÿs, in particular ’Politics of Rehearsal’ from 2004. The video features a running voice-over commentary by art historian and cultural theorist Cuauhtemoc Medina being interviewed by Alÿs. Find more about Alÿs here.