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  • ICAA Record ID
    1166787
    AUTHOR
    Cabañas, Kaira Marie, 1974-
    TITLE
    Gego's performative geometry / by Kaira Marie Cabanas
    IN
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    Gego 1957-1988 : thinking the line. -- Ostfildern, Alemania : Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2006

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    DESCRIPTION
    67- 81 : ill.
    LANGUAGES
    English
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Book/pamphlet article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
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    Cabañas, Kaira Marie. “Gego's Performative Geometry.” In Gego 1957– 1988: Thinking the line, edited by Nadja Rottner and Peter Weibel, 67–81. Ostfildern, Germany: Hatje Cantz, 2006.

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Synopsis

Curator Kaira Marie Cabañas argues that work by Gego (Gertrud Goldschmidt, 1912–1994), a Venezuelan artist of German origin, constitutes a “performative geometry” based on a primordial interest in the act of “making.” The configuration of Gego’s work is capable of undergoing modification on the level of construction and of operation through constant experimentation, whereas Kinetic Art makes use of visual effects, which is its main concern. Cabañas finds Jean-François Lyotard’s notion of “paralogy,” which addresses instability, perturbation, and productive discord, useful in understanding Gego’s work; those concerns run counter to a paradigm that privileges scientific pursuit of absolute truth.

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In this text—the main contribution by curator Kaira Marie Cabañas to the study of geometrical work by Gego (Gertrud Goldschmidt, 1912–1994), a Venezuelan artist of German origin— makes use of new conceptions of science and its function, conceptions taken from Jean-François Lyotard and Thomas Kuhn. In this in-depth study, Cabañas compares and contrasts Gego’s work with that of other creators, like [Venezuelan] Kinetic artist Jesús Soto, Brazilian artists Helio Oiticica, Lygia Clark, Mira Schendel, and American artists Sol Lewitt and Eva Hesse.

Researcher
Josefina Manrique
Team
Fundación Mercantil, Caracas, Venezuela
Credit
Courtesy the Marie Kaira Cabañas.
Reproduced with permission of co-editors Nadja Rottner and Peter Weibel.
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