13th Gwangju Biennale — Minds Rising Spirits Tuning

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Practical Guide to Becoming the Idiot (day 2)

By Kira Nova

Kira Nova, “Practical Guide to Becoming the Idiot (day 2),” 2021. Video, sound, 1:29 min. Commissioned by the 13th Gwangju Biennale with the support of Alcantara.


Kira Nova (b. Kaunas, Lithuania, based in New York) is a performer and choreographer whose practice combines physical theatre, dance, stand-up, Butoh, perverted academic language and sculptural work. Nova’s work has been presented at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris; MET Breuer, MoMA PS1, Sculpture Center, Swiss Institute in New York; dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel (with Michael Portnoy); Hauser & Wirth in Zurich and New York; de Appel art center in Amsterdam; Studio Voltaire in London; ArteBA, Buenos Aires; Contemporary Art Centre (CAC) in Vilnius, among other venues.