This two-day conference will explore the complex relationship between sculpture and performance over the last century and into the present. Much research has been carried out on performance and live art more generally in recent decades, but this conference intends to look at the subject through our understandings of sculpture today. It will explore why sculptors turn to performance and performers to sculpture - why one needs the other - and will look at how this relationship is often either a constructive or destructive one. We are familiar with the idea - much circulated in the 1960s - that live performance offered a critical rejection of sculpture, contesting the values of figurative representation and commemoration, but there is a much richer terrain of dialogue and exchange to be considered both before and after this influential decade. Indeed the expansion of what sculpture has come to mean today is partially indebted to the impact of ‘performance art’. This conference aims to reflect this, looking at the longer histories of their inter-connections.
The conference will include the following speakers: Erin Aldana (University of California), Mel Brimfield (artist, London), Bertrand Clavez (University of Lyon), Irene Gerogianni (University of Thessaloniki), Jenn Joy (New York University), Malgorzata Lisiewicz (University of Gdansk), Katalin T. Nagy (Eszterhazy Karoly College), Hayley Newman (Chelsea School of Art), Monty Paret (University of Utah), Pil and Galia Kollectiv (University of Kent), Heiki Roms (Aberystwyth University), Stephanie Rosenthal (Hayward Gallery), Aura Satz (London Consortium), Gary Stevens (Slade School of Art), Pierre Saurisse (Sotheby’s Institute of Art), Dan Watt (Loughborough University), John Welchman (University of California) and Maxa Zoller (Lecturer in Moving Image, London), as well as performances from Krysten Cunningham, Michael Dean and Florian Kaplick.
24 March 2-7pm, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds
25 March 9.30-7pm, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds
26 March 12-6.30pm, Tate Liverpool
Cost will be £15 for one day or £45 if you would like to attend the full event (concessions half-price). For more details or to book please visit www.henry-moore.ac.uk or contact Kirstie Gregory, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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