YGRG14X: reading with a single hand VIII by Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė with Maansi Jain, Amadeus Vogelsang & Katja Cheraneva, Schimmel Projects – Art Centre Dresden, Germany, Img: Paul Barsch and the artists
What Makes Performance the Required Medium of the Day?
Karen Archey on Ligia Lewis and Alex Baczynski-Jenkins
What is it about performance that makes it the required medium for any new art initiative today? Historically, performance has been unwieldy for institutions to exhibit and collect. It is incredibly resource-intensive, requiring time and space for rehearsal, audio-visual equipment hire and, most importantly, fair wages for performers. Staging a performance is notoriously expensive in comparison to, say, most painting shows, which don’t typically require continuous upkeep and financing once mounted. More challenging to stage, and thus less-frequently seen, the medium is one that museums and their publics have been slow to warm to.
no apocalypse not now by Ariel Efraim Ashbel and friends, By and with: Jessica Gadani, Cassie Augusta Jørgensen, Tatiana Saphir, and Sarah Thom, 2019
Bodyroll TV : LIVE!, by Vanessa Soudan, with: Vanessa Soudan, Zeta Galan, and Bailey Nolan, Edited by Zeta Galan, Les Urbaines Performance Festival, Lausanne, Switzerland 2017
HORSE. A MAN, A WOMAN, A DESIRE FOR ADVENTURE, MIET WARLOP, 2019