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MUU Monday: “Performance, Documentation, Technology” 19 November 2012 MUU gallery

Performance, Documentation, Technology – presenting examples from the history and theory of performance documentation, the lecture examines the varied relations between live and mediated performance.

By Riikka Niemelä, researcher in contemporary art. The lecture is in Finnish.

As a genre, video performance is characterized by a pendulum movement from live performance to documentation and back. Performances are increasingly experienced through some reproductive medium such as text, film, video or photography. The lecture discusses the relationship between live performance and performance documentation by examining the mediated nature of performance – the dynamic between presence and absence in a situation where an ‘original’ performance is reproduced technologically. What aspects of the performance are communicated by documentation? Do the preconditions for creating a sense of being ‘live’ differ in different media? What are the new forms and space of digital performance?

Riikka Niemelä, MA, is currently writing a doctoral thesis on Finnish video performance at the University of Turku. Since 2008 she has worked as researcher and teacher of art history, and has also taught art history and history of contemporary art at the Open University and in the Fine Arts degree programme at the Arts Academy of the Turku University of Applied Sciences. Niemelä’s research interests include contemporary art research and phenomenology.

MUU Monday, 19 November 2012 at 6 pm