Christian Falsnaes

The Whole Picture


In The Whole Picture, a sculptural/ architectural structure is placed in a public space. A group of people is performing a group choreography on and around the structure, using it as a stage and as a reference point. After the inaugural performance of the group choreography, the structure is spray painted, torn down and cut into pieces. Each participant takes a piece of the structure and write a statement on it. Subsequently the pieces are carried by the group in a demonstration-like parade, with every participant shouting their statements simultaneously, to a new location where it is rebuilt as a new structure and the performance is repeated.

The process of destroying, rebuilding and performing on and around the structure is repeated throughout the exhibition period as a seemingly purposeless and circular ritual that is never ending and always reappearing in new forms (as the structure is always rebuild in a new way). In The Whole Picture, I use group rituals and references to social resistance and demonstration to investigate group identity as well as the emergence and disappearance of structures, rituals and codes within group formations.
Furthermore, the ongoing relocation of the structure, and hence by the activities of the group, relates to notions of mobility, flexibility and the ways in which societies adjust to conditions of permanent change.

In Venice 2013, Christian Falsnaes performed The Whole Picture one day. On other days the video from The Whole Picture performed in Iceland, a few year earlier, is screened in the caravan.



Christian Falsnaes, b. 1980, Denmark.

Selected exhibitions / performances:

Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn. Crac Alsace, Altkirch, Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen, Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, Galerie im Taxis Palais, Innsbruck
Incubate Festival, Tilburg, Netherlands, Kunstverein Medienturn, Graz, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, Regionale12, Festival for contemporary art, Austria
PSM, Berlin, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde, Denmark, Kunsthalle Wien project space, Vienna, Coco, Vienna, Vienna Art Foundation, Vienna, Space Shift, Kunstverein das weisse Haus, Vienna, Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen, Innsbruck
Ve.Sch, Vienna, Austria, National Museum of Montenegro, Cetinje, Montenegro
Self Service, Stuttgart, Germany, Hanoi Future Art, Hanoi, Vietnam, Living Room 09, Auckland, New Zealand, Kunstraum Niederösterreich, Vienna, Austria
International Prize for Performance, Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea, Trento, Italy, Museum for Applied Arts (MAK), Vienna, Kunstraum Innsbruck, Austria