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Writing Performance

PhD candidate Lilo Nein investigates relations between texts and performances from the perspective of visual art.

On Tuesday 24 October 2017 Lilo Nein will defend her dissertation WRITING PERFORMANCE . Nein investigates relations between texts and performances from the perspective of visual art. With a keen interest in the documentation and the role of texts in performance she arrives at a new understanding of performance art. Nein's argumentation resonates in her artistic work, bringing the interrelatedness of text and performance into practice.

Since art history has included performance, categorized it as performance art, and defined it as a live-act, performance is no longer conceived of by artists as a live-act only. Rather, the art of producing performances also includes considerations about their documentation and mediatization. In these contexts a paratextual perspective would enable considering documentation practices as part of performance art, which would also mean to acknowledge that performance is a practice associated with other practices that go beyond the enactment or staging which precedes or follows it.

Nein has attempted to show that performances cannot be thought of as independent of their documentation anymore, and thus this documentation has implications for the performances themselves.

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