Material Meanings

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This panel consists of three papers referring to the conference-topic: The material effectivity of the avant-garde. The panel will examine concrete examples from contemporary art where ideas, gestures, and modes of display, developed by various avant-gardes, are rediscovered, re-interpreted, and transformed. The presentations will focus on different types of artistic practices across performance, sound and visual art. We recognise among contemporary artists and exhibition-makers a self-perception of working in line with particular avant- garde strategies. These references, however, do not seem primarily to unfold in the form of re-enactments but rather appear as tools for radical renewal of e.g. site-specific performance, sound art, and art exhibitions. Working with avant-garde strategies, recent artistic practices take on concrete interaction with material, space and technologies. Despite the notable differences between the projects in question, they share performative modes of production and presentation that engage with material culture and spaces in new ways, thus questioning every day life, production modes and present day utopias. Although we address the conscious links to historical practices, the papers will also focus on how recent material reconfigurations of the avant-garde differs from earlier practices, and they work to transform and revitalise contemporary culture.
Periode7 sep. 20129 sep. 2012
PlaceringKent, Storbritannien


  • materiality
  • avantgarde
  • urban design
  • urban performance
  • montage aeshtetics
  • everyday aesthetics
  • material meanings
  • social reformation
  • art and avantgarde
  • Gesamtkunstwerk