A Day with Claire Bishop at the GCSC
Claire Bishop joined us for a day of exchange and discussions on June 6, 2017. The event started with her morning lecture “Black Box, White Cube, Fifty Shades of Grey?” in which she presented material from her recent research. Starting out with framing the modernist paradigms of the Black Box (in theatre) and the White Cube (in the museum), she traced various temporalities and modes of attention connected to them, throughout the 19th and 20st centuries, up to our time.
Focusing on what she called dance performances in the museum (drawing especially on the examples of works by Maria Hassabi and Anne Imhof), she addressed how reception but also artistic production and spatial framing may have been influenced by recent developments such as smartphone photography and social media, suggesting that this digital realm forms a “grey zone” which has yet to be defined more closely.
In the afternoon, Claire Bishop held a master class with more than 20 enthusiastic participants from the GCSC as well as the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies. Apart from some topics that arose from the readings she had provided beforehand, the discussions also took their departure from the ideas Bishop had presented in the morning. She managed the heterogenous group with impressive teaching skills and created an inspiring atmosphere. The participants agreed that the day had been a great success.
Photos: Lisa Beisswanger