Performance Now

"I don't think I am trying to commit suicide"

31.05.-01.06.2019

 


Theatre is played, performance is lived. When Chris Burden, whose quote provides the title, had himself shot in the left arm with a rifle for Shoot in 1971, this marked the start of a series of performances in which Burden exposed his body to dangerous situations. And yet how far would Burden have gone? Would he have risked his life? Probably not (as he himself remarked).

There is no doubt that the testing and crossing of boundaries practised by Burden and many others during the 1960s and 1970s had a lasting influence on later generations of artists. The performance is about the "here and now" in real time, as Marina Abramovic put it.  Driven by an "experience economy" in which dealing in memorable and narratable experiences has become an industry, this format is currently enjoying enormous popularity on the art scene. In their joint project I don’t think I am trying to commit suicide. Performance Now, the inter-university art sciences (Kuwi Graz) – a collaboration between the University of Graz, the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, and Graz University of Technology – and the Kunsthaus Graz use the concepts of body, space and economy to investigate what makes performance so interesting for current art practice.

"I don’t think I am trying to commit suicide". Performance Now is an in-between project set to take place during the phases of exhibition set-up. The programme will deliberately move between different disciplines of art, presenting artists whose practice means they cannot be categorised entirely either as fine artists or performance artists.
 

 

Find out more about the programm here

States of Being, Michikazu Matsune
Exhibition, Performance

“I don’t think I am trying to commit suicide”

Performance Now

31.05.-01.06.2019 > Kunsthaus Graz

The programme of this project will deliberately move between different disciplines of art, presenting artists whose practice means they cannot be categorised entirely either as fine artists or performance artists. more...

With works by:

Ron Athey, boychild, Klitclique, Georg Kroneis, Michikazu Matsune, Navaridas & Deutinger, Flora Neuwirth, Franz Reimer, Barbis Ruder, Milica Tomić and students of the Kunstuniversität Graz.
 

 


A project by Kunsthaus Graz and Kuwi Graz.

Curatorial Team:
 
Rosemarie Brucher (University of Music and Performing Arts Graz), Sabine Flach (University of Graz), Anselm Wagner (Graz University of Technology), Roman Grabner (Bruseum), Katrin Bucher Trantow, Katia Huemer, Barbara Steiner (Kunsthaus Graz)

Project:
Katia Huemer (direction), Thomas Schweitzer (coordination)
 

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