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Caring For Performance: Recent Debates

Hölling, HB; (2021) Caring For Performance: Recent Debates. CeROArt : Conservation, Exposition, Restauration d'Objets d'Art , 12 10.4000/ceroart.8119. Green open access

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Abstract

Can performance art be conserved? If so, how, and if not, why not? Enhanced by short philosophical reflection surrounding conservation and its entanglement with the world, this essay reviews the debates that took place on the occasion of the international colloquium devoted to the conservation of performance, Performance: The Ethics and the Politics of Care. The colloquium was organized at Bern University of the Arts on May 29-30, 2021 within the research project Performance: Conservation, Materiality, Knowledge (Swiss National Science Foundation, 2020-24). The essay investigates the notion of performance through the lens of its conserveability and through a multidisciplinary perspective represented by a diversity of voices during the colloquium. It ultimately presents both performance and conservation as inherently unstable categories that require a careful and reflective approach.

Type: Article
Title: Caring For Performance: Recent Debates
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.4000/ceroart.8119
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.4000/ceroart.8119
Language: English
Additional information: This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence.
Keywords: performance art, performance, conservation, preservation, afterlife, care, caring
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of History of Art
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10140969
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