Willi Dorner

Bodies in Urban Spaces

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Willi Dorner
Bodies in Urban Spaces

Text(s) by Willi Dorner, Franz Thalmair, graphic design by Beatrix Bakondy, photographs by Lisa Rastl

German, English

2014. 160 pp., 345 ills.

hardcover

24.90 x 30.70 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-3847-7

A new take on sculpture: astonishing interventions in public space

Willi Dorner’s imaginative art project bodies in urban spaces takes us on a walk through the urban land­scape. On predetermined courses carefully choreo­graphed by Dorner, a troupe of local dancers, per­formers and free runners moves through the down­town areas of cities worldwide, witnessed by a fasci­nated public. Up to twenty colorfully dressed people intertwine and stack their bodies in doorways, on ledges, landings, and park benches. These bizarre body sculptures open up a curious perspective and offer city-dwellers a surprisingly different urban ex­perience. In their innovative uses of urban space, the temporary interventions are provocative, and they sometimes inadvertently attract the attention of the police. Each performance has an individual character, depending on its specific features, site, and time of day, as conveyed by Lisa Rastl’s photographic docu­mentation.

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