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Installations

Clegg & Guttmann, 120 Years to the First Zionist Congress in Basel, 2018, Heder and Synagogue, mixed media Installation, installation view Kunstmuseum Basel, photo by Gina Folly Courtesy Kunstmuseum Basel
Clegg & Guttmann, 120 Years to the First Zionist Congress in Basel, 2018, Congress - Cafe - Kibbutz, mixed media Installation, installation view Kunstmuseum Basel, photo by Gina Folly Courtesy Kunstmuseum Basel
Clegg & Guttmann, 120 Years to the First Zionist Congress in Basel, 2018, Berlin Salon, mixed media Installation, installation view Kunstmuseum Basel, photo by Gina Folly Courtesy Kunstmuseum Basel
Clegg & Guttmann, 120 Years to the First Zionist Congress in Basel, 2018, Vienna Cafe and Kibbutz, mixed media Installation, installation view Kunstmuseum Basel, photo by Gina Folly Courtesy Kunstmuseum Basel
Clegg & Guttmann, 120 Years to the First Zionist Congress in Basel, 2018, Kibbutz Dinning Room, mixed media Installation, installation view Kunstmuseum Basel, photo by Gina Folly Courtesy Kunstmuseum Basel
Clegg & Guttmann, 120 Years to the First Zionist Congress in Basel, 2018, Vienna Cafe, mixed media Installation, installation view Kunstmuseum Basel, photo by Gina Folly Courtesy Kunstmuseum Basel

Mixed media Installation, installation view Kunstmuseum Basel
Photo by Gina Folly Courtesy Kunstmuseum Basel

Clegg & Guttmann, Biedermeir Reanimated, 2016, Das Biedermeir Interieur, mixed media installation, installation view at MAK Vienna
Clegg & Guttmann, Biedermeir Reanimated, 2016, Ein gedeckter Tisch, mixed media installation, installation view at MAK Vienna
Clegg & Guttmann, Biedermeir Reanimated, 2016, Ein Tageskleid, mixed media installation, installation view at MAK Vienna
Clegg & Guttmann, Biedermeir Reanimated, 2016, Kaiser Franz am Schreibtisch, mixed media installation, installation view at MAK Vienna
Clegg & Guttmann, Biedermeir Reanimated, 2016, Das spielende Kanapee, mixed media installation, installation view at MAK Vienna

Mixed media installation, installation view at MAK Vienna

Clegg & Guttmann, The Mechanical Bull, 2009, mixed media installation, installation view Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna
Clegg & Guttmann, The Mechanical Bull, 2009, mixed media installation, installation view Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna

Mixed media installation, photography

Mechanical Bull is conceived of as a cognitive exercise – a category of recent sculptural works by Clegg & Guttmann which require the audience to interact with a system of objects according to the instructions that define the work – actions that help the viewers focus on aspects of their cognitive system and to understand how they condition the mind to experience the world in particular ways. Apart from their intellectual import, these works intend to heighten the bodily consciousness of our cognitive condition and, thus, generate a total experience with intellectual, emotive, and corporeal components. Mechanical Bull is concerned with the concept of beat as investigated from a cognitive standpoint – that is, as a mental projection of order on a series of audio signals that assigns them an 'inductive drive.' More specifically, the work centers on syncopation – the beat created by slight, deliberate deviations from a rhythm pattern which strengthen the beat drive rather than undermining it. In this case, the cognitive exercise here takes on the form of a syncopated dance; the audience is instructed to syncopate the rhythm of their bodies to the sounds of the mechanical bull – sounds which have been captured by microphones placed in the springs and amplified by equipment in the 'chandelier’ – alternately obeying and playing off-beat. As they syncopate together to the same beat pattern, the participants become correlated with one another as well as the source even if moving in his or her own way. Indeed, this 'group projection' of syncopated patterns reconciles individuality with collective action and potentially transforms the object that triggers it into a fetish or idol, or both.

Clegg & Guttmann, Studiolo Nuovo, 2008, mixed media installation, installation view Galleria Lia Rumma, Milan
Clegg & Guttmann, Studiolo Nuovo, 2008, mixed media installation, installation view Galleria Lia Rumma, Milan
Clegg & Guttmann, Studiolo Nuovo, 2008, mixed media installation, installation view Galleria Lia Rumma, Milan
Clegg & Guttmann, Studiolo Nuovo, 2008, mixed media installation, installation view Galleria Lia Rumma, Milan
Clegg & Guttmann, Studiolo Nuovo, 2008, mixed media installation, installation view Galleria Lia Rumma, Milan
Clegg & Guttmann, Studiolo Nuovo, 2008, mixed media installation, installation view Galleria Lia Rumma, Milan
Clegg & Guttmann, Studiolo Nuovo, 2008, mixed media installation, installation view Galleria Lia Rumma, Milan

Mixed media installation, installation view Galleria Lia Rumma, Milan

Clegg & Guttmann, Prisoner's Dilemma, 2006, mixed media installation
Clegg & Guttmann, Prisoner's Dilemma, 2006, mixed media installation
Clegg & Guttmann, Prisoner's Dilemma, 2006, mixed media installation
Clegg & Guttmann, Prisoner's Dilemma, 2007, mixed media installation, outdoor version New York
Clegg & Guttmann, Prisoner's Dilemma, 2007, mixed media installation, outdoor version New York

Mixed media installation

Clegg & Guttmann, Dream Machine, 2006, mixed media installation
Clegg & Guttmann, Dream Machine, 2006, mixed media installation

Mixed media installation

Clegg & Guttmann, Phase Transitions, 2005, mixed media installation, installation view, Vienna Secession
Clegg & Guttmann, Phase Transitions, 2005, mixed media installation, installation view, Vienna Secession
Clegg & Guttmann, Phase Transitions, 2005, mixed media installation, installation view, Vienna Secession
Clegg & Guttmann, Phase Transitions, 2005, mixed media installation, installation view, Vienna Secession

Mixed media installation, installation view: Vienna Secession

Clegg & Guttmann, Curve Fitting and Boot Strapping, 2006, mixed media installation, installation view: Kunstverein Braunschweig
Clegg & Guttmann, Curve Fitting and Boot Strapping, 2006, mixed media installation, installation view: Kunstverein Braunschweig
Clegg & Guttmann, Curve Fitting and Boot Strapping, 2006, mixed media installation, installation view: Kunstverein Braunschweig

Mixed media installation, installation view: Kunstverein Braunschweig

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Clegg & Guttmann

Michael Clegg and Yair Martin Guttmann were born in 1957 in Dublin and Jerusalem. They went to New York where they met at the School of Visual Arts in the class of Joseph Kosuth and have been working as an artist duo since 1980. In their photographs, installations, material collections, interviews and videos they explore and reinvent the genre of portraiture. They develop models for communication and collaboration that include and redifine the participation of the viewer.



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