|16 Apr 2013
|CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT
Performance as a paradigm repositions the intelligibility of works of art as a function of their mixed and multiple audiences: simultaneously implied and actual; individual and collective; past and present – audiences which precede, as well as follow, acts of creation. Performance as an angle of approach asks who an artwork is for, assuming a multiple and complex answer. It views all artworks as implicitly public forms of messaging, or rather, suggests a view of the work as time-specific gesture rather than object, however individually created or consumed. As Simon English said of his land art project ‘England’ on BBC Radio 4, ‘The artwork is us discussing it now.’
We hope to discuss such issues from the perspective not only of the present, but also of the past, acknowledging that understandings of artistic production in other periods and cultures differ radically from those suggested by the separate categories of western modernity, and the distinctions and social values they enshrine.
The conference will consist of three discursive panels, two practical workshops, a special performance of Paper Cinema’s The Odyssey (originally developed at Battersea Arts Centre) with a Q & A/summing up discussion, and in place of the usual conference fare, performance art duo Hunt and Darton’s Cafe (originally developed at ArtsAdmin).
Supported by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CRASSH), University of Cambridge, the Judith E Wilson Fund, The Battersea Arts Centre, Paper Cinema and The Junction.
Accommodation for non-paper giving delegates
We are unable to arrange accommodation, however, the following websites may be of help.
NB. CRASSH is not able to help with the booking of accommodation.