Activity: Talk or presentation › Lecture and oral contribution
In Rimini Protokoll’s recent Remote X, participants were immersed in the urban environments and guided by a synthetic voice ordering the pack to perform various practices. In this piece of post-dramatic theatre, aesthetics had no structural nor physical boundaries but emerges as affective relations and situations among the participants, the soundscape and the durational experience of the surrounding urban environment. Whereas Rimini Protokoll clearly work with cross-over aesthetics between sound art, performance art and art in public, this art work phenomenon points to the current status of aesthetics in a broader sense – where aesthetics is no longer confined by an art object but is an immersive, relaaonal and affective experience taking place in a broader environment. The presentation seeks to explore affective and relational aesthetics in and beyond the work of art. Drawing briefly on notions of affect, relationality (Massumi, Manning, Deleuze) and the social and situational turn in contemporary art criticism (Jackson, Bishop, Doherty), the propositions will address questions such as: How can we understand aesthetics without a place, without an object? Can immersive aesthetics in recent performance and contemporary art open up towards a better understanding of everyday aesthetics of, for instance, urban environments, events and the commons? And if we are immersed in every day relational and affective environments, how does it affect our understanding of design objects, architecture and the art object?