Performing knowledge. Lecture-performances in perspective

March 09.2018 - ARIA - Antwerp

Initiator: Pieter Vermeulen

Lecture-performances have gained increasing attention in recent years, in the wake of the ‘academic turn’, which frames artistic praxis as a form of research. Its genealogy can arguably be traced back to the emergence of performance art in the 1960s, with canonical examples such as Robert Morris, Dan Graham, Andrea Fraser and Joseph Beuys. Contemporary artists like Sharon Hayes, William Kentridge, Rabih Mroué, Hito Steyerl, Amalia Ulman, Walid Raad, Bruce High Quality Foundation and many others are now continuing this historical legacy. Sharpening the relation between art and knowledge, their work can be situated at the intersection of visual art, lecture and performance.

How to analyse these different forms of knowledge transmission? What kind of knowledge are we dealing with and how is it being performed? What is the role of the performer's body, and is it possible to move beyond the divide between subject and object? Or, for that matter, between the spectator and performer, or between the academic and artistic realm? Would teaching qualify as a form of art and/or research? The objective of this research seminar is not to canonise the lecture-performance as a ‘medium’, but to examine its multiplicity at the intersection between the arts and academia.

Performing Knowledge. Lecture-Performances in Perspective consists of a seminar program at ARIA (by registration only) and a public program at Extra City Kunsthal.

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Venue daytime (seminar): ARIA, Lange Sint-Annastraat 7, 2000 Antwerp (room S.S208)
Venue evening (public) at Kunsthal Extra City, Eikelstraat 25-31, 2600 Antwerpen-Berchem

Co-curator: Michiel Vandevelde


ARIA, Lange Sint-Annastraat 7, 2000 Antwerp (room S.S208)

9:30 - 10:30  Welcome and introduction by Pieter Vermeulen

10:30 - 12:00  Doing Knowledge: Exploring the Tresholds of Lecturing and Performing, Dr. Lucia Rainer

12:00 - 13:00  Lunch break

13:00 - 14:00  Some Comments Concerning my Statisticon Neon, Dr. Warren Neidich

14:00 - 15:00  The Case of the Ridiculous Curator, or How Transfigurative Recontextualisations May Reveal Authentic Truths, Lecture-performance by Toon Leën

15:00 - 15:45  Round table discussion

15:45 - 16:30  Performance by Pia Louwerens

16:30 - 17:00  Concluding remarks by Pieter Vermeulen


PUBLIC PROGRAM, Kunsthal Extra City, Eikelstraat 25-31, 2600 Antwerpen-Berchem

19:00 - 20:00  Warren Neidich: The Brain Without Organs in Cognitive Capitalism (lecture)

20:00 - 20:30  Bryana Fritz: Indispensible blue (lecture-performance)

(Photo: Warren Neidich, Some Comments concerning my Statisticon Neon, Mana Contemporary, New Jersey, 2015)


Registration ARIA research seminar - 09.03.18

Registrations are closed.