Tino Sehgal exemplifies the transfer of a knowledge of choreography and dance into the visual arts like no other artist. His architectures of interaction, in which he communicates choreographic material to an audience using a group of performers in exhibition spaces, are firmly anchored in conceptual art or situationism. They are artistic objects as much as they are sculptures, installations or photographs. They are accessible during the opening hours of museums or galleries but are not considered time-limited performative interventions. And yet in a material sense they do not exist outside their social interaction with an audience. Tino Sehgal gained this understanding of work and aesthetic object from his dance and choreographic practice, from his training as a dancer and through his experiences in companies such as those of Jérôme Bel, Xavier Le Roy as well as Les ballets C de la B. In his huge live installations, such as the ones at documenta, at Tate Modern, or at Berlin’s Martin-Gropius-Bau, Tino Seghal moved a physical practice to the heart of western art, through choreographies of social sculpture. In these architectures of interaction, Tino Sehgal ties together the realities of the economy, societal development and new narratives or critical theory. Themes such as progress, social market economy or the speculation in virtual financial capitalism are either taken up in practice or reflected at a conceptual level.
Tino Sehgal, born in London, studied political economy and dance in Berlin and Essen. In 2013 he won the Golden Lion at the 55th Venice Biennale. During that same year, he was shortlisted for the Turner Prize and in 2006 for the Hugo Boss Prize at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Sehgal has exhibited extensively. Among his latest solo exhibitions are: A year at the Stedelijk: Tino Sehgal, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2015); Tino Sehgal, Kiasma, Helsinki (2015), Martin- Gropius-Bau, Berlin (2015), Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal (2013); and This is so contemporary, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2014). Moreover, he has participated in numerous important international exhibitions, including The Encyclopedic Palace, 55th Venice Biennale; the 9th Shanghai Biennale (2012); documenta 13, Kassel (2012); Gwangju Biennale (2010), amongst many others. In February 2016, Tino Sehgal took part in the Dhaka Art Summit 2016 in Bangladesh. His solo exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris opens in October 2016.