A touch of THIS, LIKE... exhibition

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MLF l Marie-Laure Fleisch is pleased to announce Romanian artist Alex Mirutziu's first exhibition in Belgium, This, like..., opening September 7, 2017 in conjunction with Brussels Gallery Weekend and accompanied by a critical text written by Eugenio Viola. Employing performance, drawing, poetry and sculpture, Mirutziu looks to art to answer the fundamental questions of life – “Who are we” and “How do we perceive reality”. Inspired by philosophers such as Graham Harman and Timothy Morton who question how we use objects to interpret the world around us, Mirutziu looks to anchor the contemplation of our being in the physical world. He then enriches this basis with political histories, personal letters and the natural world, exposing how each person confronts their own existence. For his current exhibition, born from a sense of admiration and camaraderie for Iris Murdoch and an interest in the possibility for gestures to become objects, Mirutziu has created a series of drawings and sculptures which draw our attention to the moments when our attempts to grasp meaning manifest themselves physically. Whether we express ourselves through poetry, conversation, or writing, the relationship between that which is said and that which is left unsaid is extremely important. During the short period when we try to wrap our heads around complicated concepts or grand ideas, what we do during our moments of silence are very revealing.

Using the Irish philosopher and novelist Iris Murdoch as an embodiment of a universal phenomenon, Mirutziu looks into the construction and de-construction of a brilliant mind that is searching for ways to comprehend and communicate the intricacies of the world we live in. Murdoch has the particularity of being an extremely prolific writer, dedicating her life to novels, philosophy and also personal correspondences with a large number of friends and lovers. Later in her life she developed Alzheimer’s, losing the capacity to navigate her own thoughts and witnessing the degeneration of her own mind. No longer able to carry on writing due to a loss of memory, Murdoch found herself in an undefined mental space, where she was unable to connect her present reality to other points of reference.

When grappling to express the ideas in one’s own mind and create meaning, we often give our internal struggle corporal form, through the lowering of our gaze or through gestures which seem to attempt to create a motor which will speed up the firing of the neurons in our brain. Using Iris Murdoch as a muse, Mirutziu gives physical weight to these temporal movements, creating drawings and sculptures which represent the unique ways a body expresses its mental exertion. For example, if Iris Murdoch could form concrete objects with her own body language, what would they look like? Or, more broadly, what are the possible physical manifestations of the mind struggling to place one's ideas in the framework of our society or even in the trajectory of one's own thoughts? Using the space between Murdoch’s body and her hands when she gesticulates, the movement of her eyes when she pauses to regroup her thoughts, or the way she shifts her body, Mirutziu creates artworks which clarify mental processes through palpable forms, underlying the relationship between one’s intellect and one’s body.

'Insidious fog' - happens sometimes: a performance on disintegration and growing small.

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Dignity to the unsaid

performance | 2017, Bucharest / Cluj-Napoca

- performers | Alex Popa | Irina Sibef |Cosmin Stanila

work commissioned by BIDFF (Bucharest International dance Film Festival), supported by MNAC and Sabot Gallery

presented in partnership with the Performing Arts Programme of the National Museum of Contemporary Art, curated by Ioana Paun.

8 SEPT, 2017


above photo: Alex Mirutziu / bellow photos by Doria Photography

above photo: Alex Mirutziu / bellow photos by Doria Photography

Alex Mirutziu

I intend to look into ways in which one of the most important novelist of the twentieth century managed to create meaning through an abundance of means, said and unsaid, which I call — manners of holding the world. How Iris Murdoch closes what is already present in her work with what presents itself as— ‘something like’ — which has the potential to be. I am particularly interested in times when she holds meaning for brief moments into units of material nature (gestures, words, hesitations, body movements). When those moments take place in an interview situation for e.g., objects which are indeterminate and difficult to pin down are born. They differ from the common manifestations of form, be it writing or acting, and are susceptible of bearing no meaning whatsoever.

The question is how infiltrations of ‘what is not said’ instigate ‘what is said’ and vice versa. This line of enquiry looks at ways in which Iris Murdoch closes her distinctions in philosophical debates, with her intellect, but also her body language. And when she works the what is in language — which can only hold reality in inexact closures, communication is weakened due to the accumulation of consciousness, corrupted by memories and experiences wrongly wired to reality. The conceptual movement between said and unsaid, falls under the ever present fragmentation we manifest in holding the world as something like, a fatal aspect of our physical limitations. We fragment the world in order to understand and function within it. Such a fragmentation fails on the account of a world which is undifferentiated. 

The upshot of this project is to bring into existence a new reading of Iris Murdoch’s oeuvre outside the common view of her novels letters and interviews, a reading of Iris Murdoch as a heterogeneous unit, to give her the chance, posthumously, to widen the complexity of her creation through added anchors of meaning and new setups for reflection.

The performance includes the sound installation CAUSAL VARIATIONS FOR SOMETHING LIKE (computer-generated sound, 3 x multichannel audio), created by Elías Merino, a series of autonomous synthetic sound objects based on a relational tissue involving sound and human actors within Alex Mirutziu’s performance frame. These sound entities are located/(un)located in the physical space hidden behind a mirrored appearance. Plasticity, non human dynamic entity, synthesis, irreducibility, discreteness, no objected, relation, ecology, temporal elasticity, rifts, disembodiment, algorithmic, sound sculpture, articulation, reductionism,  structural gesture, permutation gesture, variation, no hierarchy, physicality, process of coexistence, miscommunication.


Alex Mirutziu's performative oeuvre on show at National Museum of Contemporary Art Bucharest

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No Blood Bank Included


as part of BIDFF (Bucharest International Dance Film Festival) in partnership with the Performing Arts Programme of the National Museum of Contemporary Art, curated by Ioana Paun


Exhibition visiting dates/hours |  SEPT 9 - OCT 1| 12 PM - 8 PM (regular museum ticket)



- all photos by Alex Mirutziu with the exception of the last  6 in line, bearing the copyright of Doria Photography.

Alex Mirutziu

As long as against an artwork we position ourselves frontality, we tend to do so brutally charged and equally emotional. The works in the exhibition are impossible to be perceived frontally, be it visually or multi-sensorially, but only by detour, alas slowly digesting it to the point of loosing oneself. My most recent works move away from the logic of ‘me’ - ‘here — ‘the rest’ - outside, and deal with uncertain dimensions which exhibits one/other meaning as well as with links of co-existence between multiple presences, approaches or appearances of the individual and of the world in which he/she belongs that cannot ever run out of steam.

Even when ‘here’ and ‘now’ structure our understanding, these are contaminated by an act of re-installment, or re-demarcation of the creative act. Demand joining efforts, multiple foldings.I insist in creating a climate that brings forth the likes of something to be later metabolised. This selection of works are part of such a mechanism of making meaning from proximity. I’m not interested in approaching this mechanism in a critical way, rather the contrary, due to the fact that critique entails a sort of way of looking at the object from the outside, short-circuited by spilling consciousness. It has not been proved that such a way of accessing reality has ever had enough stamina to be able to arrive at the end of a demonstration.

For complete list of films follow the link: http://www.bidff.ro/alex-mirutziu-en

Many thanks for the thought and energy that went into production and instalment to: Simona Deaconescu (Artistic Director of BIDFF), Anamaria Antoci (Festival Manager), Irena Isbasescu (International Relations), Emilia Paunescu (Production Manager) an all the BIDFF team which made this show possible and for Ioana Paun, chief curator of performative arts at MNAC for her  quick-thinking and functionalist approach. 


The Impossible Garden at Jecza Gallery

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The Impossible Garden

Alex Mirutziu, Dan Beudean

The Artist and Himself at 29 

curator: Liviana Dan

Jecza Gallery, Timisoara

23 June - 12 October, 2017


Gradina Imposibila

‘Gradina Imposibila’ are semnificatia unei reconstituiri care devine apoi asa de moderna. Clasicism cu un capital organic, pentru unii un cer turcoaz, pentru altii o evanghelie. Pentru a evita sterilitatea se folosesc elemente din trecut, elemente poetice, elemente romantice. Evaluind pozitiv este vorba despre o dimineata racoroasa, despre lumina, despre o linie eleganta…

Drama arhitecturii devine proeminenta de la inceput. Desenul, video si fotografia devin pasaje performative. Desenul se transforma in gravuri. Video si fotografia sint produse finale pentru sculptura. Conventiile istorice se concentreaza tot pe sculptura.

Acelasi sistem generativ este prezent in mod direct chiar si alaturi de artisti. Alex Mirutiu face o grupare cu el insusi TAH– 29 / The Artist and Himself at 29 /, Dan Beudean are in procesul de lucru un cloud implicit. Un sistem biografic, narativ, este mereu disponibil si puternic necesar. Identitatea politica este la persoana intii, materialele sint neobisnuite. O anduranta post minimalista este cind atletica, cind estetica. Lucrurile sint puse in opozitie. Privind pe cineva, care priveste / la / ceva devine un lucru teribil.

Reinterpretarea recurge la etape pregatitoare sau preliminare. De neatins si radical vulnerabile. ‘Gradina Imposibila’ devine o insula de arta despre arta.

Exista o energie care nu are nimic de pierdut si ciudatenii cotidiene. Exista o extravaganta alegorica si din epoca lui Karl Friedrich Schinkel / ca o scara generoasa care devine centrul lumii / si din timpul Bauhaus / ca o platforma care inchide autobiografia /.

‘Gradina Imposibila’ este o gradina rationala.

Alex Mirutiu si Dan Beudean, sint artisti cu imaginatie tactila si narativa. Stapinesc gramatica vizuala si un tip bizar de alegorie. In jurul lor exista un fel de efect Cezanne, o complexitate care excede abilitatea nostra de a gasi explicatii.

Forma esentiala ascunde lumea vizibila. Arta nu imita natura. Arta supravegheaza natura. Cu tranchilitate si eleganta.

text by Liviana Dan

Iris Murdoch's mind in the work of artist Alex Mirutziu

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Curator, writer and long time collaborator of Alex Mirutziu, Diana Marincu, unravels conceptual markers in Mirutziu's research on novelist and philosopher Iris Murdoch in 'Being Iris Murdoch. Note pe marginea unei lucrari de Alex Mirutziu', published recently in Poesis International magazine.

Diana Marincu feels close to the work of Iris Murdoch and shares a deep understanding of what she, Murdoch, must have been troubled by or the effects Alzheimer's has had on her writing.  Marincu is escorting such massive drama with a delicate pace infused with an empathy she often exhibits when writing on Mirutziu's work. The need for clarity and form of Iris as well as of Alex Mirutziu and the degradation of both these two concepts with their slimy edges in retrospect, mark Mirutziu's recent approach on tackling provinces of meaning and understanding to the point of silence in Iris Murdoch's public discourses and interviews. 

Fragment (p.184-5)

"Lupta aceasta cu tacerile, cu balbaielile, gesticulatia tot mai pregnanta si miscarile sacadate au impins-o pe Iris la marginea limbajului, decupandu-l in forme irecognoscibile si brutale. Pornind de aici, Alex a gandit un dialog imaginar cu scriitoarea irlandeza cu scopul de a umple tacerea care apare in interviurile tarzii date de Iris la radio si televiziune, developandu-le in corpuri solide de litera si, mai apoi, in corpuri umane care duc mai departe prezenta palpabila a hiatusului si reziduurile ideilor."

__ Diana Marincu


  • Diana Marincu 'Being Iris Murdoch. Note pe marginea unei lucrari de Alex Mirutziu', Poesis International, #1(19) / 2017, p.184-186