Date: Saturday 21 May
Venue: Delfina Foundation
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Performance art has entered into a new relationship with the art collection. Performance pieces are being collected, handled and appropriated by individuals and institutions. What are the conditions and implications of this new relationship with the live?
UK Associate curator Teresa Calonje will moderate a talk between collectors Marc and Josée Gensollen and theorist Adrian Heathfield.
In her book Live Forever: Collecting Live Art (Koenig Books, 2014), Calonje brought together key voices in the debate about collecting performance art. Far from clearly defined, the practice of collecting ephemeral work is a subtle, complex and often a problematic process. Offering an intimate and direct dialogue between collectors and theorist, the discussion will consider the possibilities and impossibilities of apprehending, translating and using the ephemeral work of art, questioning the why and how we should care for works live in the uncertainty of the event. How can live art even rest in a collection? What does it mean to possess or own a moment of art?