The Paradox of Performance: From the Poetics of Ephemerality to the Politics of Materiality

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Abstract

In this paper, I investigate complex and at times paradoxical relationships between ephemerality in performance art and critical and theoretical understandings of materiality. I do so to explore socio-economic aspects of the position of the performance artist in relation to political agency. The paper specifically does this through testing 3 axioms in turn:

1. Performance resists the fixed, reproducible artefact and critiques economic materialism (Alastair MacLennan)
2. Art is what makes life more interesting than art (Teaching Hsieh after Robert Filliou)
3. Everybody an Artist or Nobody An Artist (Stuart Home after Joseph Beuys)
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAlternative Zones
Subtitle of host publicationUncovering the Official and the Unofficial in Fine Art Practice, Research and Education: Paradox Fine Art European Forum
EditorsMarek Wasilewski
Place of PublicationPoznań
PublisherUniversity of the Arts in Poznań
Pages103-106
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9788363533946, 8363533947
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes
EventParadox Fine Art European Forum, Biennial Conference - The University of Arts, Poznań, Poland
Duration: 9 Sep 201511 Sep 2015
https://paradoxfineartforum.com/strands/

Conference

ConferenceParadox Fine Art European Forum, Biennial Conference
CountryPoland
CityPoznań
Period9/09/1511/09/15
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    Hunter, R. (2016). The Paradox of Performance: From the Poetics of Ephemerality to the Politics of Materiality. In M. Wasilewski (Ed.), Alternative Zones: Uncovering the Official and the Unofficial in Fine Art Practice, Research and Education: Paradox Fine Art European Forum (pp. 103-106). Poznań: University of the Arts in Poznań.