Digging into the Archive IV

FR, 10 09 2021, 3:00 – 7:00pm
Performance workshop
Concept: Performatorium (Olivia Jaques and Marlies Surtmann)


By Digging into the Archive, we want to 'exhume' a performance from the archive of Kunstraum Niederoesterreich and reiterate it with the help of a systematic analysis of performance documents. The project demands the end of contemplation: not a re-enactment, but a forensic composition of the traces, a physical recreation of a past event. For this, we use a ‘home made’ method, based on Diana Taylor's concept of the scenario. This forms a framework that allows for multi-perspective interpretations and shifts in time, place and culture; a formalistic structure that makes equal use of the modes of tradition.

On a practical level, we address the following questions: What can be experienced or understood through the process of repeating? What kind of updates or reinterpretations take place? What does this change of perspective imply for a feminist perspective on history, but also for an everyday dealing with past events? The focus shifts from the question of accurate and complete transmission to the question of what and how we learn from past (performance) events for a recent understanding of society and culture.


Artists and those interested in performance art are invited to participate in this experiment. Digging into the Archive is embedded in a research project for the archiving of performance art. By participating in the workshop, the participant agrees that recordings and images of the workshop, as well as images of any (artistic) results within the research project Archiving Performance Art? On the Archiving, Transmission and Mediation of an Art Form in Motion are subject to CC BY NC regulations and may be published and used for further research.


Please register at: anmeldung@kunstraum.net (Subject: Digging into the Archive IV).

Digging into the Archive  is a collaboration project between Performatorium Vienna and Kunstraum Niederoesterreich.


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