Concluding the two-year AHRC funded project Performance at Tate, and coinciding with the opening of the new Tate Modern, this event considers how the inclusion of performance or performative work in collections and programming not only adds to (and occasionally revises) art history, but impacts upon physical, conceptual and technical infrastructures of the museum itself.
Comprising presentations by leading scholars, curators and artists, the event questions how performance both proceeds from and pushes against these material and institutional interactions. Additionally, we consider how the increasing visibility of performance has raised questions concerning how arts institutions and practitioners conceive the roles of action, gesture and audience when displaying artworks that are not considered performance-based in the usual sense, but are understood as performative more broadly for how they make use of and position processes of creation and reception – whether rooted in traditional media such as painting, sculpture, and photography, or in emerging and new media.
- Annie Fletcher (Chief Curator, Van Abbemuseum)
- Ana Janevski (Associate Curator, Department of Media and Performance, MoMA)
- Cally Spooner (Artist)
- Catherine Wood (Senior Curator, International Art & Performance, Tate)
- Jonah Westerman (AHRC Postdoctoral Research Associate, Tate)
- Tarek Atoui (Artist)