Santiago Sierra, '160 cm Line Tattooed on 4 People El Gallo Arte Contemporáneo. Salamanca, Spain. December 2000' 2000

Santiago Sierra
160 cm Line Tattooed on 4 People El Gallo Arte Contemporáneo. Salamanca, Spain. December 2000 2000
Single channel multi-format colour video, audio
duration: 63 min overall display dimensions variable
Presented by the Latin American Acquisitions Committee, with funds provided by the American Fund for the Tate Gallery 2004© Santiago Sierra

How can performance shape our use and understanding of public space?

Who is represented through public performative events?

What does publicness mean in a global community?

The issue of publicness, particularly the discussion of how public space is constructed, used and understood, continues to be an area of growing interest. Theories and initiatives that aim to define the needs and parameters of “the public realm” are developed by practitioners in numerous disciplines, such as those working with the built environment, social policy, psychology, community development and business management.

This second event in the Talks series explores the idea of how the public and institutions work together to create performative events. Drawing on Bojana Cvejić’s Spatial Confessions and Claire Tancons’ Up Hill Down Hall – An Indoor Carnival events, this discussion looks at some of the political aspects of public performance and how performance can engage diverse voices, often enabling under-represented views to come to light.

Join us to discover how engagement between the public and institutions often has unexpected outcomes and effects. Speakers include curator, writer and researcher Claire Tancons, political theorist Chantal Mouffe, Spanish artist Santiago Sierra and Jen Harvie, Professor of Contemporary Theatre and Performance at Queen Mary, University of London.