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Loup Abramovici: Warming Up

Action in duration
Work of the opus Let’s work! (2022–2023) by Loup Abramovici, Tomaž Grom, Teja Reba, Špela Trošt

Concept: Loup Abramovici and Teja Reba
Performer: Loup Abramovici

Production: Teja Reba
Co-production: Sploh Institute
Financial support: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia

29. 1. 2023, Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova
Partner: Moderna galerija
2. 12. 2022, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia
Partner: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia

Photography (Ministry of culture RS): authors archive
Photography (MSUM): Marcandrea

The work of the dancer always remains invisible to the eyes of the audience. What we see is only perfection, because the dancer is not working on stage but dancing. The dancer’s task is to erase any trace of work, any trace of effort. Dancers must transcend themselves so that the body’s involvement in its own reproduction is no longer visible. Only then can the real difference between art and life be established.

The dancer is at once a medium and a work of art, using only the body: doing is not polluting. It leaves no trace. It does not accumulate anything. The dancer is always repeating and improving, not throwing anything away. The dancer is compact and healthy, rejoicing when a crumb of freedom is located in impossible constraints. Dancers do not need gas but warm themselves. They are flexible, reactive, in constant readiness. The dancer is equipped with everything to survive the various planetary crises.
The dancer! Our future!

#warming up for disaster, warming up for the lion's leap into the future, warming up in times of crisis, warming up as recovery, warming up for nothing, warming up for a healthy mind in a healthy body, warming up for something that is yet to come, warming up for a performance you will never live to see, warming up for the best performance in the world, warming up for all the invisible workers, warming up in solidarity....

Let’s Work! (20222023) deals with the problem of work. It invites us, through various artistic situations set in specific environments, to reflect on the meaning and value of work, the ways in which we experience work in everyday life, and how art is at work. In the first chapter (2022), artworks are contextualized in locations that play a constructive role in society in terms of the formulation of labor policies, and more specifically the formulation of strategies in the field of cultural labor, in public services that respond to labor problems, in institutions that educate the upcoming workforce, and in spaces that play a role in contemporary art practices. The spatial and temporal positioning of works for (re)viewing by both institutional staff and invited and casual visitors aims to widen the field of visibility of the artwork and its reception. In the second chapter (2023), the artworks will be presented in their entirety in exhibition and performance formats.


Teja Reba, Špela Trošt: Praznik dela, Stara mestna elektrarna

24. 4. at 18h, Stara mestna elektrarna
25. 4. at 20h, Stara mestna elektrarna

Why are you working?

1. I can’t not work. For me, it is a commitment dictated not by rationality, but by instinct and inner need.
2. I work to survive.
3. To find beauty
4. I work because I have to maintain this system in order to survive in the society in which I live. Otherwise, I would be considered a fool, a chump, I would be put in an madhouse for life, at the expense of my fellow citizens, my fellow brothers, who pay a lot of taxes to keep me at a menatl hospital.
5. Because I have to live.
6. I don’t work, I am a painter.
7. Because I am in a system that I cannot get out of.
8. Because I like what I do.
9. I think the point of work is to contribute to society.

Concept and direction: Teja Reba and Špela Trošt
Co-authors: Loup Abramovici, Mateja Bučar, Matjaž Farič, Tomaž Grom, Katja Legin, Lana Zdravković
Performed by: Loup Abramovici, Dimitra Alfirević Srhoj, Mary Anne Blanche, Vesna Godler, Tomaž Grom, Katja Legin, Liana Kalčina, Marjeta Kamnikar, Svarun Košir, Čarna Košir, Marija Pantić, Kalvin Radivojević, Bela Reba Abramovici, Pika Redžić, Špela Trošt, Iva Vidmar, Lana Zdravković

Lighting design: Špela Škulj
Sound design: Tomaž Grom
Selection of the music: Matjaž Farič, Katja Legin, Tomaž Grom, Lana Zdravković
Cover photo: Marcandrea
Technical team: Igor Remeta, Andrej Petrovčič, Duško Pušica, Manca Vukelič, Vid Starman
Cleaners: Marjeta Pogačnik, Darinka Županec Ivanovski

Production: Teja Reba
Co-Production: Sploh Institute
Partners: Bunker Institute, Ljubljana, En-Knap Institute, DUM – Association of Artists, MG+MSUM, Associazione Culturale YANVII
Financial support: Ministry of Culture and City of Ljubljana

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