Performance Art: a game with the codes of the theatre and the museum
by Katleen Van Langendonck
The 'Performance Turn' is anchored in the visual art world for several years now. Bodies seem to take their place alongside objects in museum spaces. The reverse movement also prevails: visual artists use the theatre machinery as a playground for new artistic practices.
Katleen Van Langendonck started her research at the Conservatoire from her practice-based experience as coordinator and curator of Performatik, the Brussels biennial of performance art. In six editions this festival has highlighted transfers from one world to another. As it turns out, those who are considered innovative on the one hand, are often labeled amateur on the other. Performance seems to have no inherent meaning: appreciation is largely dependent on the framing. Using the interview as a methodology, Van Langendonck examines what this 'interdisciplinarity' means in the different layers of creation.
During ARTICULATE, Van Langendonck will give a short lecture, as a starting point for a discussion/talk. The session will begin by re-enacting some historical performances.