A Practice of Relations

A talk by Josefine Wikström (Goldsmiths College University, London, and DOCH, Stockholm)

Date: October 23, 10:00 am
Location: Kungl. Konsthögskolan, Flaggmansvägen 1, Muralen

Malin Elgán, Prata lite, så kollar vi - en röstkoreografi  (2013) stillbild

'Performance' is a transdisciplinary concept and has its roots in Semiotics and Anthropology and was further developed in disciplines such as Cultural, Performance, Theatre and Gender Studies. 'Performance' refers, in this context and in its broadest sense, to an intensified moment of meaning production and is as such used to describe anything ranging from a ritual, to the construction of gender or a contemporary dance performance. On the other hand, 'performance' is also considered a post-disciplinary category within a critical understanding of contemporary art, with its foundation in the 20th century avant-garde movements' experiments evolving around theatre and dance.

In this talk I will propose an understanding of performance as a concept and as a practice within contemporary art as a practice of relations. Through compositional and choreographic strategies performance turns its social production of relations into its criticality and meaning. I will in the talk look at the two cultural forms of the ‘event-score’ and ‘task-dance’ from the early 1960s as models of contemporary art in general and link these to contemporary practices within performance and dance today.

Josefine Wikström is a writer and a lecturer focusing on ontologies of production in contemporary art and especially in relation to performance and dance. She is an Associate Lecturer at Goldsmiths College University and teaches on a permanent basis at DOCH and has guest taught at Central Saint Martins, Konstfack and Funen Art Academy. She is currently undertaking a PhD in philosophy at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy in London. She writes art criticism for Frieze, Afterall, MAY Revue and Paletten. She has contributed to the peer-reviewed research journals Philosophy of Photography and Performance Research Journal and has given talks at art galleries such as CCA Derry, Bonniers konsthall, Modern Art Oxford and AutoItalia.