The development of performance art (performance, happening, action, situation etc.) was determined from its very beginning by aesthetic debates. These were not only debates about the new genre; they were also carried out within aesthetic practice itself. This applies in particular to Eastern Europe, where in many countries neither public critique nor an accompanying theoretical debate on performance art could take place. Rather, theoretical issues were integrated into performance art itself by realizing performances about performance art, theoretical performances so to speak, as shown, for instance, by the Moscow group „Collective actions“. Dealing with theory as presented, discussed and negotiated by performance art itself, there are also other genres which come into play: discussion performances, anti-performances or performance parody – to mention just a few examples.
Performance Art (as) Theory #1: Branislav Jakovljevic: »Walter Who?: The End of Art or the End of the Artist?«.
Donnerstag, 15. März 2018, 19:00 Uhr
Performance Art (as) Theory #2: Rebecca Schneider
Dienstag, 05. Juni 2018 um 19 Uhr, Cabaret Voltaire, Spiegelgasse 1, Zürich, auf Englisch.
Performance Art (as) Theory #3:
25. October 2018 um 19 Uhr, Spiegelgasse 1, Zürich, in German.