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Counter-relief (CCS Bard) 2011 (May 2011) 32 minutes


Counter-relief (CCS Bard) 2011 seeks to reveal that choreographic action and its intentions are always provisional, always created (whether before or after the fact) by the artistic process that represents it.”

– Kelly Kivland, Curator

Visual artist Jimmy Robert and choreographer Maria Hassabi received a collaborative commission from Bard College, curated by Kelly Kivland, to create the third iteration of Counter-relief (CCS Bard) 2011, a performance and installation inverting choreographic thinking to dissolve the distinction between the process and production of image-making. Jimmy Robert’s previous Counter-relief iterations were presented at the 5th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art in May 2008, and at the Kunsthalle Bern in March 2009.


Created and Performed by: Maria Hassabi and Jimmy Robert



– Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (August 24)

– Opening: CCS Bard Galleries, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York (May 1)



Counter-relief (CCS Bard) 2011 was developed through a residency at Kaaitheater in March 2011. The project was made possible with support from Rebecca and Martin Eisenberg Student Exhibition Fund: the Mitzi and Warren Eisenberg Family Foundation; the Audry and Sydney Irmas Charitable Foundation; the Board of Governors of the Center for Curatorial Studies, and by the Center’s Patrons, Supporters, and Friends. Additional support was provided by the Monique Beudert Award Fund.