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Photo: Roland Kaiser

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Angie Hiesl

X-times people chair


11 Jun

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Angie Hiesl

X-times people chair

Hovering between architecture and everyday urban life, this project focuses on the elderly of our society. The performance locations are the façades of buildings on streets and squares in urban space.

White chairs made of steel are mounted on buildings at a height between four and seven meters around Brunnsbotorget, Göteborg. People between the ages of 60 and 80 years old sit on the chairs high above the passers by.

They perform rehearsed, everyday activities in a reserved manner: they read the paper, cut vegetables, listen to the radio… Activities that have to do with their daily lives. By relocating the everyday experience from private to public space, the viewer is able to actually see an experienced moment of time – an individual story inscribed in the body engages in a dialogue with the respective façade.

X-times people chair is being realized as both a guest performance and a new staging involving local performers in each city. So far, X-times people chair has been performed in 34 cities in 16 countries in Europe as well as in North and South America.



“While Christo, the Bulgarian pop artist, wraps buildings in white, Hiesl, from Cologne, aims to intrigue onlookers by displaying people in pursuit of “ordinary life in an extraordinary way.” The Daily Telegraph

“For what do we need the Venice Biennale, the documenta, or Skulptur Projekte Münster, if we have someone in Munich spectacularly occupying the city’s public space with mesmerizing performance art?” Münchner Abendzeitung

Concept and realisation: Angie Hiesl
Realisation since 2001: in collaboration with Roland Kaiser
Costumes and props: Andrea Bakos, Brigitte Leyendecker
Artistic assistant: Anke Zimmermann (among others)
Project coordination: Frauenkultur e.V.: Cordula Goebels
Design chairs: Angie Hiesl, Peter Kleinertz, Friedhelm E. Schöler
Technical director: Peter Dachsel, Michael Blattmann, Lutz Dunsing
Editorial team programme: Cordula Goebels, Anke Zimmermann

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