Tino Sehgal: New Rituals for 21st Century Europe

Forum on European Culture

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At any time and in any place, societies have created rituals to celebrate their own fundamental values: from the tragedies of Greek antiquity to service in medieval churches. But what are the binding forces in today’s highly individualized, fragmented and diversified society? When and where can individuals perceive themselves as citizens of a democratic European society? Because we cannot talk about a culture of democracy unless that democratic culture is felt and internalized by a sufficient number of its citizens. Tino Sehgal, recognized as one of the most important artists of his generation, will share his ideas of new rituals for contemporary Europe.

Tino Sehgal is famous for his radical art practice, which takes the form of “constructed situations”: live encounters between visitors and those who interpret the work. His work focusses on lived experiences instead of material productions.


Tino SehgalArtist (Photo: Jean-Baptiste Béranger)