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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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Notes on Contributors


LEE CAMPBELL is undertaking PhD research at School of the Arts, Loughborough University, interrogating ideas around the term ‘heckler’. He presented research at De Appel, Amsterdam, 2012, was a resident artist at the Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada, 2012, and co-organized a symposium with Mel Jordan concerning the heckler at Trade Gallery, Nottingham, 2013. He is an Associate Lecturer/Visiting Practitioner at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, London. He has published in Body, Space & Technology journal by Brunel University.


DR MARIA CHATZICHRISTODOULOU [aka Maria X] is a cultural practitioner (curator, performer, writer) and Lecturer in Performance and New Media at the School of Drama, Music and Screen, University of Hull. She is co-editor of the volumes Interfaces of Performance, Ashgate, 2009, and Intimacy Across Visceral and Digital Performance, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. She has published numerous book chapters and articles in journals such as Leonardo and Visual Culture in Britain, and has lectured widely. Maria was co-founder and co-director of the international media art festival Medi@terra and Fournos Centre for Digital Culture, Athens, Greece, 1996–2002; co-convener of the Thursday Club, Goldsmiths University of London, 2006–9; initiator and co-director of the festival and symposium Intimacy: Across Visceral and Digital Performance, London, 2007; and co-director/co-convener of several other conferences and symposia including Becoming Nomad, York St John University, 2013. She is currently working on a monograph which explores performance practices that develop within networked environments.


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