Nina Beier & Bob Kil

Nina Beier and Bob Kil, All Fours: Life Guardians, 2023, Performance view Haus am Waldsee, 2023, photo: Sandy Volz

Nina Beier & Bob Kil

All Fours: Life Guardians

16.9. – 17.9.2023

All day from 11am to 7pm at the shore of the Waldsee


Artists Nina Beier and Bob Kil have developed a collaborative approach to the performativity of objects, bodies and contexts, exploring the interconnectedness and mutual influence between them. 

On September 16 and 17, Haus am Waldsee will showcase All Fours: Life Guardians all day from 11am to 7pm at its lakeside, featuring five majestic marble lions draped with home textiles such as bath mats, towels, rags, and blankets. Standing in a close formation, the lions are framed by a group of performers who bring the inanimate sculptures to life through a carefully choreographed sequence of slow, synchronized equestrian movements. While the creatures pay tribute to the afterlife of monuments and serve as a testament to humanity’s illusion of dominion over the natural world, the series of minimal gestures depict the instinctive urge to interact with the insentient objects displayed in public spaces, recontextualising a landscape of found actions and objects. Through this juxtaposition, All Fours: Life Guardians reveals the collective and accumulative logic behind the production of commodities and the symbolism they convey.

Performers: Ashley Temba, Bob Kil, Chelsea Reichert, Ewa Dziarnowska, Suzette Sagisi

The sculptural part of All Fours: Life Guardians is currently on view in the park.

All Fours: Life Guardians is supported by: