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Performativity in the Gallery

Staging Interactive Encounters


Edited By Outi Remes, Laura MacCulloch and Marika Leino

This book coincides with an increase in the programming of live art elements in many galleries and museums. Traditional art history has, however, been wary of live art’s interdisciplinarity and its tendency to encourage increased formal and conceptual risk taking. Time-based performances have challenged the conventions of documentation and the viewer’s access to the art experience. This book questions the canon of art history by exploring participation, liveness, interactivity, digital and process-based performative practices and performance for the camera, as presented in gallery spaces.
The essays present both academic research as well as case studies of curatorial projects that have pushed the boundaries of the art historical practice. The authors come from a wide range of backgrounds, ranging from curators and art producers to academics and practising artists. They ask what it means to present, curate and create interdisciplinary performative work for gallery spaces and offer cutting-edge research that explores the intricate relationship between art history, live and performing arts, and museum and gallery space.
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Outi Remes is the Gallery Director of the New Ashgate Gallery, Surrey. She is the author of many publications, including Conspiracy Dwellings: Surveillance in Contemporary Art (with Pam Skelton, 2010), and the curator of numerous projects, such as the Rules and Regs live art residencies and the At Play exhibition series (with Cally Trench, 2009–12).


Laura MacCulloch is Curator at Royal Holloway, University of London, where she is responsible for a collection best known for its nineteenth-century paintings. She began working with contemporary art during her time as Curator of British Art at the National Museums Liverpool, where she curated exhibitions by the winners of the Liverpool Art Prize and acquired works by artists such as Haroon Mirza, Lubaina Himid and Yoko Ono.


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