Ausgesetzt-Sein in Kunst. Performancekunst und 'new ontologies'
by Bernadett Settele
roughly translated by Dorothea Rust:
«Being exposed in Art. Performance Art and 'new ontologies', published in in 'What Can Art Do?', a research project supported by the Swiss National Fund (01.02.2015 - 31.01.2018)
Every performance exposes the body to sight (or to the gaze), whether it is the sight (or gaze) of those present or those watching, whether live or in the media. Many performances expose the body of the performer(s) to physical forces or psychological influences, the works of Body Art even function via violence and injury. What interests me, however, is the kind of being exposed to each other, which has to do with community and can be condensed into performance.1
... Drawing on the concepts of new critical ontologies by Butler and Nancy, I address performance art as a situation of being involved in a common activity and being exposed to the others, which individual subjects experience in it. Performance, the art associated with physicality, creates specific, collective aesthetic situations with its means. I use the performance Floating Gaps by Dorothea Rust (2012), in which I participated as an observer*, to illuminate different kinds of relationality and contingency.
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