The Power Plant

Aleksandra Mir: Organized Movement

Aleksandra Mir

Past Exhibition

Dec 15 2006 – Feb 08 2007

Aleksandra Mir: Organized Movement 16 December, 2006 - 9 February, 2007 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

During the summer of 2004, Aleksandra Mir took part in Localismos, a month-long artists’ residency in Mexico City. Wanting to respond to her environment without masquerading as a neutral observer, Mir took Latin dance lessons and attended traditional dance performances. She recorded the results in Organized Movement – A Video Diary (2004). The video juxtaposes footage of the artist as absolute beginner with anecdotal observations about youth culture, nightlife, group dynamics, globalization, and the embarrassment of learning from scratch. With its pseudo-educational voiceover and diaristic style, Organized Movement enacts the values of inclusiveness, improvisation and collaboration that underline Mir’s work in numerous genres. The film also suggests how new political or social movements come into being. As Mir explains, “Taking community as a starting point for spontaneous movement – where everyone is a welcome interpreter and contributor, the best thing happens, new dances are born.” Organized Movement is the first of Mir’s projects to be exhibited in Canada.

Born in 1967 in Lublin, Poland, Mir is a Swedish citizen and resident of New York and Palermo, Italy. She has had solo projects at institutions including Kunsthaus Zurich (2006); Galerie Laurent Godin, Paris (2006); White Columns, New York (2005); Greengrassi Gallery, London (2005); Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, NZ (2005); PS1, New York (2004); and The Wrong Gallery, New York (2003). Group exhibitions include Nothing But Pleasure , BAWAG Foundation, Vienna (2006); Art For Our Sake!, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY (2006); Bonds of Love, John Connelly Presents, New York (2005); Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2004); and Funky Lessons, Buero Friedrich, Berlin (2004). Mir is an original member of M.I.M.E., a New York–based collective founded in 1999 to revitalize mime as an art form through appearances in private and public space.

Supporting Donor

Paul Bain

Video, 49 min. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Rafael Goldchain.

Video, 49 min. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Rafael Goldchain.

About the Artist

Aleksandra Mir

Aleksandra Mir Photo