Performative exhibition and its different modes of experience

Bidragets oversatte titel: Performative udstillinger og deres forskellige oplevelsesmåder

Judith Schwarzbart

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The avant-gardes of the late 60s and 70s challenged many conventions associated with the (classical) modernist art exhibition such as: a static timeless display of autonomous objects, the spectator as a disembodied visual receptor, and the personal experience emphasizing the individual and never the social. The avant-gardes have not, however, let to the disappearance of a modernist exhibition format but to a proliferation of formats including some that are more performative in its character, which means: more dynamic, developing over time, with a higher degree of bodily and discursive exchange, and, in some senses more social and contingent. My paper will discuss the performative exhibitions today. With departure in a recent presentation of Antonio Dias’s work Do it yourself: freedom territory (1968) at Istanbul Biennale, 2011, and a number of other examples I will address possible clashes between different modes of experience, on the one hand, and the social potential in a performative approach to the art exhibition on the other. What are the consequences of decided curatorial presentational formats? When does the format work along or even amplify the artwork, and when does it counteract or directly destroy the intentions of the artistic gesture?
Performance theory provides us with useful tools to read these performative aspects of exhibitions beyond the performance it self. In her aesthetics of the performative, the theatre scholar Erika Fischer-Lichte shows how experimental performances have challenged binaries such as aesthetics – politics/ethics, art – life, symbol – signified, body – mind etc. Through this complex play between ‘former binaries’ – that might now exist concurrent or fully collapse – we can rethink categories like work, audience and space once again.

Bidragets oversatte titelPerformative udstillinger og deres forskellige oplevelsesmåder
Publikationsdatoapr. 2012
StatusUdgivet - apr. 2012
BegivenhedContacto: Nuevas Prácticas de performance en Chile - Universidad UNIACC, Santiago de Chile, Chile
Varighed: 26 apr. 201228 apr. 2012


LokationUniversidad UNIACC
BySantiago de Chile

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