Smoky Pokership — Space, Art, Exhibition, Transformation, Performance
by Sibylle Omlin
edited by Sibylle Omlin, published by Verlag für moderne Kunst Nürnberg, 2013
Over the past ten years or so, performance art has seen a shift in emphasis, away from the performer’s body to the relational space and context of the performance. In tandem with this shift, the performance itself has tended to leave behind more physical evidence of its occurence, creating an increasing overlap in the genres of performance art and installation art. The design of the space intended for the performance--stage, public space, exhibition format--therefore calls for new forms in the development of the performance. Smoky Pokership examines this development in performance art, looking at the relations between objects, sculpture, architecture and performance in works by artists such as Janusz Baldyga, Christoph Fellay, Simon Kindle and Sophie Hofer, Pe Lang, Davor Ljubicic, Valerian Maly and Klara Schilliger, Victorine Muller, Denis Romanovski, Dorothea Rust, Katja Schenker and Berclaz.