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Art Institutions ↔ Performance Art – International PhD workshop and symposium

Justus Liebig University Gießen, Phil II, June 21 - 24, 2017

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Since the turn of the 20th century, art of the so called post-war era has increasingly become subject to historicization. Especially for performance art it seems, the interest in its potential of institutional critique has shifted towards an interest in the circumstances of its institutionalization. The status of performance documents for example has been discussed at length (see P. Auslander; A. Jones; M. Widrich), so have implications of re-enactments and re-performances (see H. Higgins; A. Lepecki). By now it may have become clear, that in order to secure performance art’s rightful place in art history, ongoing translations and transformations have to be taken into account. This workshop asks for the role of art institutions in this transformational process and aims at discussing relevant perspectives, methodologies and theoretical frameworks and their application to concrete case studies.

Though primarily addressing PhD candidates in art history, the workshop is open to all scholars in early career stages who work on similar phenomena.


Workshop program:

The two-day peer-to-peer workshop will start off with a reading retreat on June 22. Participants will discuss general and methodological aspects concerning performance art and institutional contexts (the retreat is closed to the public).

On June 23, a public symposium will be held. Participants will present case studies from their dissertation projects. Presenters will take turns in chairing each other's presentations. The symposium will be held at the Institut for Art Education, located at Philosophikum II, Karl-Glöckner-Straße 21 H, room number 008a (ground floor).



June 21, 2017

Lecture by Prof. Mechtild Widrich: “Performative Monuments”

18:15h, JLU Gießen, Phil II, Karl-Glöckner-Straße 21 H, Room 008a,

Abstract: In the twenty-first century, performance and the monument, once seen as antipodes, have developed into intertwined artistic practices traversing a variety of traditional and new media. Institutions have taken up the challenge, staging and curating performances and events, inviting artists to engage with, critique, or construct cultural heritage. I will look at recent instances of performative engagement with history, paying particular attention to issues of economics (monument tourism), the environment (the role of nature as memorial and its precarious status in urban and rural civilization), activism, and political representation.



June 23, 2017

International PhD Symposium “Art Institutions – Performance Art”

JLU Gießen, Phil II, Karl-Glöckner-Straße 21 H, Room 008a



Openig Remarks

++ Performance and Biennials ++


Assembling bodies: Commoning the biennial?

Sevie Tsampalla, Liverpool (Liverpool John Moores University)


Geo-Political Performance at the Venice Biennale: #OnVacation2015

Inga Untiks, (York University, Toronto)


Coffee break


++ Past-Present-Presence ++


(Re)performance: you had to have been there to_____.

Didier Morelli, (Northwestern University, Chicago)



Presence and Archive – The Actor in the Work of Franz Erhard Walther

Luisa Pauline Fink, (Freie Universität Berlin)


Lunch break


++ Market and Funding ++


For the brand’s sake? The strategic use of institutional critique for the     branding of artists in the market for contemporary art

Kathrin Borresch, University of Darmstadt



The Koç Group’s Sponsorships of Performance Art in the Turkish Art Scene

Hatice Özdoğan Türkyılmaz, (Hacettepe University, Ankara)



Policies of fostering and funding – Performance Art’s entry into the Museum

Lisa Beisswanger, (Justus-Liebig-Universität, Gießen)


Coffee break


++ Museums and Performance ++


A public art collection buys performance art – a field test

Siri Peyer, Zurich / (Hafen City University, Hamburg)



Relinquishing authority: opening the doors to delegated performances

Iona Goldie-Scot, (Universiteit Maastricht)



Final discussion



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