Environmental Performance: Framing Time

Connie Svabo, Anja Mølle Lindelof

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Presence, attention and awareness are challenged in a cultural landscape with an overflow of media and information (big data, mediatization processes), an overflow of time scheduling (rationalization, effectuation), and an overflow of marketing for example of ‘live performance’ as a promotional slogan. This paper focuses on a selection of art projects that give access to the experience of time passing, by aesthetically framing unforeseen, unplanned and uncontrollable temporal processes unfolding. These projects may be seen as counterweight to contemporary overflow. The paper addresses overflow from the perspective of time and liveness as experienced in art on environmental performance discussing how environmental performances frame the temporality of the world. The paper engages with contemporary examples of environmental performances from various disciplines (sound, video, television, performance art), and seeks to contribute to the ongoing debate on the quality and status of live performance (Reason & Lindelof 2016). As a critical response to the above mentioned overflows these performances make their own overflow through their characteristically non-representational, unpredictable and durational character. The non-deterministic nature of these performances – from the slow rotting of a compost heap in Pierre Huyghes Untilled (Dokumenta 2012), to the changing of a skyscape in James Turrells Skyspaces (1974- ) – has an irreducible duration. Through framing this duration – quasi-theatrically – spectators enter into a relationship of liveness in which their attention, awareness and presence at once alters nothing, but yet is experientially vital. Emphasizing the flux of temporal experience, these performances seek to overflow their spectator with a specific quality of time experienced.
StatusUdgivet - 2017
BegivenhedPerformance Studies International Annual Conference: OverFlow - Kulturfabrik Kampnagel, Hamburg, Tyskland
Varighed: 8 jun. 201711 jun. 2017
Konferencens nummer: #23


KonferencePerformance Studies International Annual Conference
LokationKulturfabrik Kampnagel

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