Tate Modern Conference

Performance Year Zero: A Living History

Performance Year Zero: A Living History challenges the statement of leading American feminist scholar Peggy Phelan that ‘performance is the art of the present tense’ by considering how the museum might tell the story of performance art’s extensive history. An inherent problem in such a re-telling is the medium’s inevitable move from live event into secondary documentation.

There will be performances of key works by artists whose own practices carry such history within them as live quotation, repetition or re-make. The symposium will explore how these histories of action- and event-based works have created a new vocabulary that has been passed on through generations of artists with talks, discussion, screening and performance.

Friday 5 October includes contributions from Barbara Clausen, Rike Frank, RoseLee Goldberg, Irwin, Franck Leibovici, Rabih Mroue and Kathy Noble.

Saturday 6 October includes contributions from Guillaume Désanges, Martin Hargreaves, Joachim Koester, Otobong Nkanga, Yvonne Rainer, Jalal Toufic and Catherine Wood.

Part of the series The Tanks: Art in Action

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5 October 2012

6 October 2012 at 10.30–18.00

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