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The Embodiment of Authority

Perspectives on Performances


Edited By Taina Riikonen and Marjaana Virtanen

Performance is a forum for social action, embodied interaction and shared authority. Recently, as the various acts and agencies surrounding a performance have become the target of scholarly interest, the complex split between theory and practice has been challenged, as has the idea of a singular, disembodied authorial ownership of the socio-material meanings surrounding performance. The Embodiment of Authority approaches performance, issues of authority and negotiated knowledge production through multi-material research data and interdisciplinary methods. The book discusses the relationship between authorial questions and performances via the following topics: shared authorities, ontologies of art work, diverse roles of rehearsals in the performance process, and embodied knowledge.
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Curatorship as Conservation: The Role of the Curator in the Perpetuation of Performance-Based Artworks


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Ana Dinger

Curatorship as Conservation:The Role of the Curator in the Perpetuation of Performance-Based Artworks

Abstract Conservation and curatorship have distinct pragmatic configurations and applications, but they both share a particular aim: to contribute to the perpetuation of artworks. This study addresses the convergence of conservation and curatorship in the construction of continuity for performance-based artworks while reflecting upon the actors and agencies implicated in the process. It especially emphasises the specificity of artistic practices that dislocate the centre from the production of objects to the fabrication of situations.

Ana Dinger is a researcher at CECC, Catholic University of Portugal, Lisbon. She is doing her PhD with a fellowship by FCT.

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