A lecture by Claire Bishop, moderated by Nuno Crespo and Jürgen Bock, organised by the Instituto de História da Arte da Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Maumaus and the Museu de Serralves with the support of the Goethe-Institut Portugal.
The staging of performance in the museum has recently come under fire from a number of art historians and critics, who argue that it is a misguided fad and has a cynical marketing gesture. Performance theorists, by contrast, have tended to analyse performance in the museum in terms of post-Fordist theories of labour. Both these approaches create a reductive bond between contemporary performance and neoliberal economics. This paper seeks to shift the discussion away from questions of spectacle, marketing, and labour, and instead to position performance more dialectically in relation to contemporary experience. Key to this argument is a discussion of live performance in the museum and its relationship to ubiquitous portable technology, particularly its impact upon temporality, attention, and the public sphere.
Claire Bishop is an art historian and critic based in the PhD Program in Art History at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She is the author of 'Installation Art: A Critical History' (Tate/Routledge, 2005) and 'Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship' (Verso, 2012). She is the editor of 'Participation' (MIT/Whitechapel, 2006) and '1968/1989: Political Upheaval and Artistic Change' (Warsaw, Museum of Modern Art, 2010), and co-curated the exhibition 'Double Agent' at the London ICA in 2008. She is a regular contributor to Artforum and writes occasionally for October (MIT Press).
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Ao descer a escada
Há um degrau p’ra me sentar.
Não há outro degrau
Não estou lá em baixo
Nem lá em cima estou.
Estou é na escada
Onde sempre estou.
Ao subir a escada
Não estou em cima, nem em baixo.
Não estou na creche,
Nem mesmo no sopé, acho.
Ideias estranhas começam a girar
Na minha cabeça
Fora do lugar!
09.11.2019 - 02.02.2020
25.01 | 17h00 Talk with Tonio Kröner, Simon
Thompson, Jürgen Bock
All the light that's ours to see
19.09. - 22.11.2020
In line with revised recommendations from the authorities, we are postponing the exhibition, which was scheduled to open on 28 March. A new date will be communicated in due course.
In cooperation with Lumiar Cité:
Thu Thiêm: an archaeological
project for future remembrance
08.06. - 08.09.2019
Johann Jacobs Museum
Maumaus / Lumiar Cité
is funded by Ministério da Cultura / Direção-Geral das Artes. With the support of Câmara Municipal de Lisboa and Junta de Freguesia do Lumiar